Joseph Graham "Joe" Young Jr.
Joseph Graham Young Jr., 81, a Medicare contract specialist with the Department of Health and Human Services, died Oct. 11 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He lived in Vienna.
Mr. Young was born in Pennsboro, W.Va., and grew up there and, for a few years, in Toledo. After graduating from high school in Pennsboro, he served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946.
He graduated from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, in 1950. He worked with the West Virginia court system for a few years before attending the University of Tennessee, where he received a master's degree in public administration in 1958.
He worked in local government in West Virginia and North Carolina before moving to Atlanta in 1961 to take a position with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now HHS). He was transferred in 1966 to the department's main office in Washington, where he helped write the original regulations of the Medicare program.
He continued to work with HHS's Center for Medicare Services in Washington and Baltimore as a contract specialist until his retirement in 2003.
Mr. Young lived in McLean for about 10 years before moving to Vienna. He was a member of Toastmasters and was an accomplished public speaker. He was also a member of National Presbyterian Church in Washington.
He enjoyed fishing, sailing, skiing, football, tennis and reading. He was an avid walker until shortly before his death.
His favorite hobby in later life was researching the genealogy of his mother's family, the Fordyces, which he traced back to 1527 in Fordyce, Scotland.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ila S. Young of Vienna, and two children, Freda Elizabeth Young of Vienna and Joseph Graham Young III of Dunn Loring.
Alyce B. Gambal
Art Gallery Owner
Alyce Bruin Gambal, 77, the owner for 16 years of Gallery Lafayette, an art and framing shop in Old Town Alexandria, died Oct. 14 of respiratory failure at Inova Alexandria Hospital.
She founded the gallery on Duke Street in Old Town in the early 1980s. It is now located on King Street and run by a longtime associate, artist Todd Healy.
A Washington native, Mrs. Gambal grew up in Arlington and graduated from Washington-Lee High School. She graduated in 1950 from the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina in Wilmington and received a master's degree in psychiatric social work from Catholic University in 1953. After college, she worked at the Florence Crittenden Home for Unwed Mothers in Washington.
Mrs. Gambal, an education activist, advocated for improvements at her children's schools, then St. Stephen's School and St. Agnes School in Alexandria. She pushed for changes in the library when it was located underneath the steps near the cafeteria, one of her sons said. Mrs. Gambal was instrumental in a campaign that raised money for a new library. She became the first woman on the board of trustees of the St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School.
She and her husband, Sergius Gambal, the co-founder of Colonial Parking, were involved with helping the Lab School of Washington thrive, said school founder and director Sally L. Smith "They gave of themselves very fully."
Mrs. Gambal attended First Baptist Church in Alexandria.
Survivors include her husband, of Washington; four children, Alex Gambal of Beaune, France, Paul Gambal of Washington, Leah Alfageme of New York City and Christa Gambal of Delray Beach, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
William H. Penn
Silver Spring Math Teacher
William Hubert "Billy" Penn, 81, a math teacher at White Oak Middle School in Silver Spring who retired in 1988, died Oct. 19 at his home in Silver Spring. He had a brain tumor.
Mr. Penn was a physical education instructor at Kramer and Paul junior high schools in Washington between the late 1940s and early 1960s. He joined the White Oak faculty in 1962.
In retirement, he did construction work on homes.
He was a native Washingtonian and a 1943 graduate of Coolidge High School, where he played varsity football, baseball and basketball. He later was a member of the Coolidge reunion committee.
During World War II, he was in the Navy's V-12 program at Yale University. He was a running back on Yale's football team and also received a bachelor's degree in naval engineering in 1946. He received a master's degree in physical education from the University of Maryland in 1948.
His memberships included the Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex in Laurel and the Jock's Club of Washington, made up of former high school athletes. In 1998, he received the Jock's Hall of Fame Award for his high school sporting achievements.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Angelina Litteri Penn of Silver Spring; five children, Eugene Penn of Columbia, John Penn of Woodbine, Regina Cross of Berthoud, Colo., Maria Jacob of Silver Spring and Christine Engle of Ellicott City; three brothers, Edward Penn of Lake Forest, Ill., Roy Penn of Riverside, Calif., and Vincent Penn of Rockville; and 10 grandchildren.
Hazen Leslie Walker
Hazen Leslie Walker, 86, a logistics expert with NASA and the Office of Economic Opportunity, died Oct. 31 of lung cancer at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in McLean.
Mr. Walker was born in Austin and grew up in Texas and in Yonkers and New Rochelle, N.Y. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
After the war, he became a logistics official with the Space Task Group, an early federal research agency investigating spaceflight, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. From 1948 to 1960, he worked in the Transportation Research Command at Fort Eustis, Va., assisting in the development of experimental aircraft and marine vehicles for the military.
He was a logistics officer with NASA's Manned Space Flight Center in Houston from 1960 to 1967, when he was named by President Lyndon B. Johnson to a position with the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington. He retired in 1972.
Mr. Walker was an excellent golfer and past president of Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. He was also a member of Arlington-Fairfax Chapter 10 of Disabled American Veterans and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Kathryn K. Walker of McLean; two brothers; and three sisters.
Gary John Knutson
Gary John Knutson, 54, vice president for business development for Kenan Advantage Group Inc., a transportation concern, died Oct. 21 of colon cancer at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Mr. Knutson was born in Washington and grew up in Bethesda. A gifted athlete, he excelled in football at St. Johns College High School, from which he graduated, and then at Bullis Preparatory School in Washington. He was a first-team running back at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 1973.
He then worked for a transportation consultant and on the staff of the Bulk Carriers Conference, a trucking association in Alexandria. In 1978, he co-founded Transportation Consultant Group in Bethesda, and he remained part owner of the firm.
After being recruited by Kenan Co. in 1982, he moved to Chapel Hill. He served as vice president for pricing and marketing until 2001, when the company merged and became Kenan Advantage, the largest domestic petroleum transportation firm in the country.
Mr. Knutson was a dedicated runner and completed the New York Marathon twice. He played golf courses throughout this country and Scotland. In 2002, he was inducted into the St. Johns High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Yvonne Simmons Knutson of Chapel Hill; three children, Brian Knutson of Alexandria and Laura McDermott and Katherine Knutson, both of Charlotte; his parents, Laurin and Dolores Knutson of Bethesda; a brother, Bruce Knutson of Annapolis; and a sister, Lauren Kievit of Atlanta.