John J. McCarthy

HMSHost Corp. President

John J. McCarthy, 59, president and chief executive of HMSHost Corp. of Bethesda, died Nov. 4 of pneumonia at a hospital in Ocala, Fla., where he lived. He also had a home in Arlington.

Mr. McCarthy had worked for HMSHost, one of the country's leading providers of food, beverage and retail concessions to airports and highway travel plazas, and its predecessor companies since 1974.

Before he became president in 2000, Mr. McCarthy had held a variety of executive positions within the company, including executive vice president of worldwide development and international operations and senior vice president of corporate development and marketing. Before working for HMSHost, he worked at Dunfey Family Corp.

Mr. McCarthy was born in Kenmore, N.Y., and graduated from the Oblate College in Washington with a bachelor's degree in theology.

Survivors include his wife, Carol McCarthy of Ocala; a brother; and a sister.

Herbert K. May

Economics Consultant

Herbert K. May, 87, an economics consultant who in the early 1960s served as deputy assistant of the secretary of state for inter-American affairs, died of a stroke Nov. 3 at a hospice wing of a nursing convalescent center in York, Pa.

Mr. May lived in York since March and before that in McLean for about 25 years.

He began his career in 1941 when he joined the Treasury Department as an economist. He subsequently served as Treasury attache to the Philippines and then Brazil before switching to the State Department in 1962.

After about a year as a deputy assistant, he left the civil service to work as an economics consultant for government agencies and private companies.

In 1981, he joined his son's business, what was then Baltimore Industrial Medical Centers, as management information systems director. He retired in 1996.

Mr. May was a native of Detroit. At the age of 15, he entered the University of Michigan, from which he received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees, all in economics.

He also was a member of the university's tennis and chess teams.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Lois M. May, a son, Russell A. May, both of York, and three grandchildren.