Joseph T. Adinaro

Army Colonel, Volunteer

Joseph Thomas Adinaro, 86, a retired Army colonel active in volunteer activities in Northern Virginia, died Oct. 13 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He had complications from heart surgery two days earlier.

Col. Adinaro spent 35 years in the Army before retiring in 1975 as commander of the Pentagon Telecommunications Center. He served in the Pacific during World War II, and his decorations included four awards of the Legion of Merit.

He was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and was a 1960 graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and a 1965 graduate of the University of Maryland. He received a master's degree in telecommunications management from George Washington University in 1976.

From 1975 to 1981, he worked at the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science. He developed special programs for unemployed and under-employed inner-city youth and became assistant director of the continuing engineering education department.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria and helped found Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, a nonprofit social service agency affiliated with the church. He was a former president of the agency.

He served from 1989 to 1997 on the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and was chairman of the Planning and Development Committee as well as the Finance Committee.

He received an award from the county's Human Rights Commission.

He was a resident of the Fairfax at Fort Belvoir and spent several years as its liaison with the county government.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Virginia Maulucci Adinaro of Fort Belvoir; four children, retired Army Col. Joseph T. Adinaro III of Dayton, Ohio, Barbara Adinaro of New York, Marianne Palastro of Springfield and Claire Adinaro of Woodbridge; a sister; two brothers; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Robert E. Flood

Plumbing Contractor

Robert E. Flood, 81, a retired plumbing contractor, died Oct. 24 at his home in Silver Spring of complications from multiple myeloma.

Mr. Flood was born in Washington and graduated from St. John's College High School in the early 1940s. He served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific.

A third-generation plumber, he had worked in the family business, J. C. Flood Co., before the war and returned to the business afterward. He stayed with J.C. Flood until the mid-1970s, when he founded his own business, Flood Inc., on Third Street NW. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Flood, an ardent golfer, was a fixture at the Rock Creek Golf Course. He also was a member of Cissel-Saxon Post No. 41 of the American Legion in Silver Spring.

His marriages to Margaret E. Flood and Joan M. Flood ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Daniel J. Flood of Damascus, Megan O'Boyle of Richmond and Erin Shallue of Milton, Fla.; a brother, Thomas D. Flood of Washington; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Arleen Hesse


Arleen McLean Hesse, 78, a Washington resident who was a former president of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary chapter in the District, died Oct. 1 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She had sepsis.

Mrs. Hesse was an officer with the Washington Ballet women's group and chairman of the Saturday Dinner Dances at the Sulgrave Club. She also helped raise money for the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, a scholarship organization.

She was born into a military family in Pensacola, Fla., and was a graduate of Annapolis High School. She attended the College of William and Mary and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Early in her career, she was a model in New York, a State Department secretary and an administrative assistant for Rep. William H. Natcher (D-Ky.).

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, George L. Hesse of Washington; a son, George E. Hesse II of Marina del Rey, Calif.; three half-brothers; and two grandchildren.

Ellsworth M. Jennison Sr.

Trademark Lawyer

Ellsworth M. Jennison Sr., 85, a trademark lawyer for more than 60 years in the Washington area, died Oct. 21 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of complications from injuries suffered in a fall. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Jennison was born in Washington and as a young man played amateur baseball and football. He graduated from Eastern High School and then National University Law School in 1942.

After serving in the Navy with the Atlantic Fleet during World War II, he went to George Washington University, where he received a master's degree in patent law in 1948.

That same year he founded his own law firm, which grew into a prestigious practice in the field of intellectual property with Fortune 500 and international clients, including Goodyear, Anheuser-Busch Inc., Wyeth Corp. and the Topps trading card company.

Regarded as something of an institution at the Commerce Department, Mr. Jennison, who was known for his calm and steady presence, conducted thousands of trademark searches during his practice of law.

The firm, Jennison and Shultz in Crystal City, is one of the few family firms in the United States specializing in trademark law.

Mr. Jennison moved to the Alexandria area of Fairfax County in 1953 and settled in the Dowden Terrace community, where he was president of the homeowners association and a founder of the community swimming pool.

He also was a leader in the Boy Scouts of America and a coach of youth baseball and Catholic Youth Organization basketball teams.

He was a member of the American Bar Association, the International Trademark Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Catholic War Veterans, Knights of Columbus and St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Falls Church.

He also belonged to the U.S. Power Squadron and maintained a second home in Virginia's Westmoreland County, where he and his family enjoyed boating and fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Kiley Jennison of Alexandria; seven children, Ellsworth Jennison Jr. of San Francisco, John Jennison of Fairfax, Carl Jennison of Fairfax City, Stuart Jennison of Annandale, Kathryn Shultz of Springfield, Christine Jennings of Marshall and Mary Alice Spivey of Gaithersburg; a sister; and nine grandchildren.

George M. Mathieu

FAA Public Affairs Official

George Marcel Mathieu, 89, a retired Federal Aviation Administration public affairs official, died of heart disease Oct. 28 at the Crofton Convalescent Center. The former Bowie resident moved to the center after he had a stroke in late 2002.

A native of New York, Mr. Mathieu graduated with a journalism degree from New York University and worked as a photographer and writer for the New York Times from 1934 to 1942. Among other assignments, he covered transportation issues for the newspaper's Resorts, Travel and Automobile section.

He joined the Navy at the start of World War II and became a writer and director at the Navy's photographic science lab in Washington. In that position, he was involved in the making of training films and documentarian services in Europe and the Pacific.

Mr. Mathieu, who later attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, began his civil service career in the early 1950s, when he joined the Civil Aeronautics Administration, the predecessor to the FAA.

One of his duties was the compilation and recording of a morning news report for the FAA. He retired in 1991.

His marriage to Patricia Mathieu ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Anne Mathieu of Bowie; two children from his second marriage, Gregory Mathieu of Odenton and Barry Mathieu of Crofton; and two sons from his first marriage, Randolph Montgomery of Alexandria and James Montgomery of Lovettsville.

William J. O'Hern

Navy Department Editor

William Joseph O'Hern, 88, who spent about 30 years as a civilian technical writer and editor for the Navy Department until retiring in the early 1990s, died Oct. 21 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville after a heart attack.

A former Washington resident, he lived at the Wilson Health Care Center at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.

Mr. O'Hern was a native of Rochester, N.Y., and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He spent five years doing technical writing and editing for McGraw-Hill in New York before settling in the Washington area in 1962.

He enjoying writing poetry and visiting France.

His wife, Elizabeth Moot O'Hern, whom he married in 1952, died in 2003.

Survivors include a sister, Eileen O'Hern of Pittsford, N.Y.

Capitola Elizabeth Phelan

Church Member

Capitola Elizabeth "Tola" Phelan, 90, a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Bowie, her town of residence, died Oct. 27 at her home after a stroke.

Mrs. Phelan was born in Lawrence, Mass., and lived in Andover and North Andover, Mass. She was a 1938 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston.

She was a seamstress and gardener and received awards for her needlework. She also enjoyed antiques.

Her husband of 49 years, John James Phelan, died in 1990. A daughter, Mary Elizabeth Phelan, died in 1962.

Survivors include six children, Maureen Isabelle Youngs of Whitewater, Wis., Jean Bernadette Morais of Edgewater, Kathleen Rita Pasiakos of Woodstock, Conn., John James Phelan III of Bowie, and Sheila Marie Ferrara and Monica Ann Natelli, both of North Kingstown, R.I.; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.