Mary Leone MacPherson


Mary Patricia Leone MacPherson, 85, an operating room and recovery room nurse for 40 years in the Washington area, died Oct. 17 at the Sunrise of Leesburg retirement community. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. MacPherson was an operating room nurse at the former Arlington Hospital and a recovery room nurse at Sibley Memorial Hospital until her 1986 retirement. She had practiced nursing since 1941, when she graduated from St. Vincent's College of Nursing in Bridgeport, Conn., her birthplace.

She enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1942 and served as a second lieutenant in the 8th Air Force at an Army Air Forces hospital in Bristol, England, until 1943. After the war, she married and moved to Arlington, where her husband practiced medicine.

During retirement, Mrs. MacPherson enjoyed oil painting, music, ballroom dancing, travel, golf and spending time with her large family.

Her marriage to Archibald MacPherson ended in divorce. A son, Colin MacPherson, died in 1990.

Survivors include five children, Mary Helen Barr of Ashburn, Margaret Fleegal of McLean, Miriam MacPherson, La Jolla, Calif., Arch MacPherson of McLean and Roderick MacPherson of Lorton; three brothers; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mary E. Cunningham

Teacher, Evaluator

Mary E. "Betty" Cunningham, 70, a teacher and training evaluator, died of renal failure Oct. 26 at Capital Hospice. She lived in Falls Church.

Mrs. Cunningham was born in Detroit and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She received a master's degree from the University of Michigan in 1960 and a doctorate from George Mason University in 1990.

She married in 1957 and accompanied her husband, a Foreign Service officer, to posts in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. She taught at universities in Honduras, Zambia and Mexico. They settled in the Washington area in 1982, and she taught at Trinity College and George Washington University.

In 1985, she became program and training evaluator for the Peace Corps and served as president of the Washington Evaluators professional association. She retired in 1990 and volunteered with Hope in Northern Virginia, a pregnancy counseling service.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Hilary John Cunningham of Falls Church; two daughters, Molly Anderson of Annandale and Kate Oliver of Richmond; two brothers; and five grandchildren.

Ann Allen


Ann Allen, 72, a retired Justice Department secretary, died of cancer Oct. 2 at her home in Waldorf.

A native Washingtonian, she and a twin sister were the youngest of eight children born to Edwin and Florence Lansdale. She graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy.

Upon her graduation in 1951, she went to work for the Justice Department as a secretary in the Tax Division. After raising her children, she worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1979 to 1983. She then returned to the Justice Department, retiring in 1991.

Mrs. Allen was a longtime member of St. Philip the Apostle Church in Camp Springs, where she volunteered in a number of capacities. She enjoyed her beach home in Ocean City, bowling on her church league, country line dancing, rooting for the Washington Redskins and attending Neil Diamond concerts.

A son, Matthew Allen, died in 1991.

Survivors include her husband, Bernard Allen, of Waldolf; two children, Teresa A. Nichols of Fairfax and Michael Allen of Louisville; three sisters, Virginia Frank of Wheaton, Betty Rabroker of San Antonio and Joan Smith of Salisbury, Md.; three brothers, Edwin Lansdale of Wheaton, Francis Lansdale of Hyattsville and Gilbert Lansdale of Bloomington, Minn.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Randolph L. Herrmann

Postal Service Employee

Randolph Leonard Herrmann, 62, a Postal Service employee and retired Army captain, died of cancer Oct. 11 at Genesis Nursing Home in La Plata. He lived in Waldorf.

Capt. Herrmann was a mechanic for the Postal Service in Landover for the past 16 years. Previously, he spent 27 years in the Army, primarily in a bomb disposal unit. He served in Vietnam in 1969.

Born in Denver, he graduated from what was Eastern Montana College in Billings and moved to the Washington area 22 years ago.

His marriage to Hye-Yon Ma ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Meribeth Amper of Waldorf; and two children from his first marriage, Alexander D. Herrmann of Bowie and Kim Herrmann of Alexandria.