Sharon Elizabeth Beaver

BGE Employee

Sharon Elizabeth Beaver, 32, an employee in customer service with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. in Columbia, died Oct. 22 at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from pulmonary fibrosis. She had been a Laurel resident since 2000.

Mrs. Beaver was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, and moved to the United States in the early 1990s to participate in a Girl Scouts volunteer program. She ended up staying. Before joining BGE, she worked for Rent-A-Center in Laurel and Aaron Rents in Glen Burnie. She enjoyed the outdoors, bowling, fishing and travel.

Survivors include her husband of eight years, Sean Beaver of Laurel; her parents, Jennifer and Ian Martindale of Worcestershire; and two brothers.

Lawrence Edward Newman

Education Ombudsman

Lawrence E. Newman, 65, who retired this month as ombudsman for the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Education, died of colon cancer Oct. 17 at his home in Upper Marlboro.

A federal government employee for 29 years, Mr. Newman began in 1976 as a supervisory investigator in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. After four years, he moved to the Education Department's Office of Inspector General and spent 25 years in various positions. He was a criminal investigator, director of OIG policy and planning, special assistant to the inspector general, director of the OIG hotline and ombudsman.

Mr. Newman, known as Larry, was born in Upper Marlboro and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

From 1964 to 1965, he served in the newly formed Peace Corps in Malawi. There he met the woman who would become his wife. After returning to the United States, he began graduate studies at Columbia University in New York but was drafted into the Army. He served for two years in Germany.

After resuming his studies at Columbia, he received a master's degree in business administration in 1969.

Mr. Newman's passions were working in the OIG's office and his home, yard and gardens.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Linda Millette of Upper Marlboro; his mother, Alice Newman of Upper Marlboro; a sister, Carlene Carson of Upper Marlboro; four brothers, William I. Newman Jr. of Capitol Heights, David Newman and Oscar Newman, both of Fort Washington, and Irving Newman of Forestville.

Richard Arthur Miller

Travel Service Owner

Richard Arthur "Dick" Miller, 58, who started Gilpin Travel Services in Alexandria in 1983, died of pancreatic cancer Oct. 19 at his home in Alexandria.

He was born in Norfolk and attended Old Dominion University. He moved to Northern Virginia in 1976 as corporate credit manager of the Henry B. Gilpin Co., a wholesale distributor of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. When the company closed in the 1980s, Mr. Miller started the travel agency and operated it until becoming ill in May.

Over the years, he enjoyed racing sailboats and flying his private single-engine plane.

He was a member of the National Credit Association.

His marriage to Macy O. Miller ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Ethel "Efi" Tawney Miller, and two sons from their marriage, Adam P. Miller and Alex D. Miller, all of Alexandria; two daughters from the first marriage, Dawn M. Bonnefond of Poolesville and Caren M. Sterling of Gloucester, Va.; and five grandchildren.

Edna G. Siegrist

Homemaker, Cafeteria Worker

Edna G. Siegrist, 85, a homemaker and cafeteria worker, died of bladder cancer Oct. 12 at her home in Rockville.

Mrs. Siegrist worked for more than 20 years at the school cafeteria of Parkland Middle School in Rockville until retiring in 1988.

She was born in Wheaton in the family home above the general store her father ran at Georgia Avenue and University Boulevard. She graduated from Glenmont Elementary School and went to work. She was employed at Lansburgh's department store in downtown Washington, moving up from sales clerk to assistant manager of the notions department. She married in 1952, moved to Rockville and raised a family before going to work at Parkland.

Mrs. Siegrist enjoyed crocheting, especially dolls, and tending flowers in her yard. She was a caregiver for family members and neighbors.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Harold Siegrist of Rockville; three children, Harold L. Siegrist of Wheaton, Gail L. Greer of Rockville and Alan Siegrist of Mount Airy; two sisters; and two grandchildren.