Charles Fletcher Pusey

Railroad Conductor

Charles Fletcher Pusey, 91, a railroad passenger conductor, died Nov. 10 of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Lakeland, Fla. He had lived in Lakeland since 2002.

Mr. Pusey was born in Delmar, Del., and was the son and grandson of railroad workers. After high school, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, and in the mid-1930s he studied at Bliss Electrical School in Takoma Park.

He then hitchhiked across the country and lived briefly in Seattle and Hollywood, Calif., before joining the merchant marine and working his way to Europe. On his return to Washington, he was a baggage handler for the Pennsylvania Railroad at Union Station.

At the beginning of World War II, Mr. Pusey enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to the Seabees, a naval construction unit. He served on projects from Iceland to the South Pacific.

After his discharge in 1946, he returned to the Pennsylvania Railroad, where he worked in the passenger service as a fireman, brakeman and, finally, conductor. He worked primarily on passenger trains between Washington and New York and remained with the railroad after it became a part of Amtrak. He retired in 1977.

Mr. Pusey lived in Southeast Washington for many years and was president of the Naylor Gardens Cooperative Housing Association. He was a member of Ryland United Methodist Church in Washington and president of its board of trustees. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was a member of Lafayette-Dupont Masonic Lodge 19.

His wife of 53 years, Keturah Akers Pusey, died in 1999.

Survivors include two children, Phyllis Lowry of Lakeland and Allen Pusey of Arlington; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Marie L. Petrenko

School Official

Marie L. Petrenko, 94, a vice principal and administrator in the Montgomery County schools who introduced several progressive teaching practices, died Oct. 27 of congestive heart failure at Manor Care, an assisted-living facility in Potomac. She lived in Rockville.

Dr. Petrenko had a varied career as a professional musician, teacher and administrative secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt before she began her work with the Montgomery County schools in the early 1960s. She was among the first teachers to use newspapers as a multidisciplinary teaching tool in the classroom, and she also helped launch the county's program for gifted and talented children.

She was vice principal of Twinbrook Elementary School in the 1960s and early 1970s before joining the central administrative office of the school system. She held several administrative positions during her career of more than 30 years and was supervisor of elementary education for the county at the time she retired in 1995 at age 84.

Dr. Petrenko was born in Schenectady, N.Y., and graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in music. Of Polish origin, she then moved to Poland and was a violinist with the Warsaw Philharmonic orchestra in 1933 and 1934. After returning to the United States, she taught music and developed education programs at Allegany High School in Cumberland, Md.

She later moved to Washington and served as an administrative secretary to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the early 1940s. During World War II, she moved to New York, where she was personnel director for the office of scientific research and development for the Manhattan Project, which helped develop the atomic bomb. From 1946 to 1954, she was a civilian staff training officer for the Army in New York.

In 1964, she received a master's degree in education from George Washington University, followed by a doctorate in education from GWU in 1969.

Dr. Petrenko was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville and served on the Washington Catholic Archdiocese parish council. She was also a volunteer youth counselor.

Her marriage to Eugene Petrenko ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Michael E. Petrenko of Glenn Dale; and a brother.

Joyce Tomaloe Scruggs

Hospital Volunteer

Joyce Tomaloe Scruggs, 69, a homemaker who volunteered at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda from the time she was 14 and who once served as president of the hospital auxiliary, died of a heart attack Nov. 2 at her home in Rockville.

Mrs. Scruggs was a longtime member of the auxiliary and was its president from 1986 to 1988.

She was on the auxiliary board at a time when the auxiliary assumed a larger role in fundraising for the hospital, said Leslie Ford Weber, executive vice president for the Suburban Hospital Foundation, and "we continue to benefit from the legacy of her leadership."

Mrs. Scruggs was elected to a two-year term as vice president of the Maryland Association of Hospital Auxiliaries and was recognized in 1993 for providing more than 5,000 hours of volunteer service to Suburban Hospital.

She was born in Elizabeth, N.J., and grew up in Bethesda. She graduated from the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington. After attending Georgetown Visitation Junior College, she worked in the pathology department at Georgetown University, where she met her husband.

Mrs. Scruggs enjoyed cheering on the sidelines at her children's sports activities, breeding dogs, cooking and gardening. The family had a home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and she spent some of her most joyful days with family and friends on the Stockley Street beach there.

A son, David Marmion, died in infancy.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Dr. Henry Charles Scruggs of Rockville; five children, Katherine B. Hunsinger of Gaithersburg, Kevin H. Scruggs of Ellicott City, John E. Scruggs of Bethesda, Michael C. Scruggs of Edgewater and Gary T. Scruggs of Annapolis; a sister, Judith T. Render of Vienna; and seven grandchildren.

Paul L. Ward

College, Association Executive

Paul L. Ward, 94, a former president of Sarah Lawrence College and executive secretary of the American Historical Association, died Nov. 13 at an assisted-living facility in Gwynedd, Pa., after a heart attack. He moved to Gwynedd from Alexandria in 1990.

Dr. Ward, an English legal historian and former Episcopal Church missionary in China, led Sarah Lawrence, in Bronxville, N.Y., from 1960 to 1965, when it was still a women's school.

He then settled in the Washington area to accept the top staff position with the historical association. Until 1974, he presided over an organization riven with "the currents of factionalism," he once said, referring to dissent over the Vietnam War, black history and other contemporaneous subjects.

His books included "Elements of Historical Thinking" (1971).

Paul Langdon Ward was born in what is now Turkey and raised in Lebanon, where his father, a medical missionary, worked at the American University of Beirut.

He was a 1933 summa cum laude history graduate of Amherst College and received from Harvard University master's and doctoral degrees in history. He specialized in English history, focused initially on the coronation ritual and then the political movements that emerged to balance the power of the monarchy.

During World War II, he served in Washington with the Office of Strategic Services, the wartime precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency. In the late 1940s, he worked in China as a missionary until the takeover by the Communists.

He then taught history at Colby College in Maine and chaired the history department at what is now Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

While living in Alexandria, he was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Washington and served on its vestry. He also was active in United Community Ministries in Alexandria and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, through which he participated in peace demonstrations.

He helped develop and teach a program on issues of war and peace for the Army War College

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Catharine Wakefield Ward of Gwynedd; four children, Elisabeth Swain of Greenfield, N.H., John Ward of Danville, Ky., Stephen Ward of Newcastle, Maine, and Thomas Ward of Boston; a brother; five grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Jeanne Sutherlin Endter

Northern Virginia Volunteer

Jeanne Sutherlin Endter, 67, a Navy wife who did volunteer work in Northern Virginia after settling in the Washington area in 1970, died Nov. 9 at her home in Fairfax County. She had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mrs. Endter was born in El Dorado, Kan., and raised in Colonia, N.J. She attended Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va., and married in 1958.

She volunteered many hours to her children's sports, Scouting, religious and education activities at Frost Middle School and Robinson Secondary School, both in Fairfax County, and Fairfax Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband, retired Navy Cmdr. Bill Endter of Fairfax County; three children, Christina Markey of Arlington, Kenny Endter of Burke and Jim Endter of Fairfax County; a sister, Patricia Rodgers of Far Hills, N.J.; two brothers, Jim Sutherlin of Washington and Bob Sutherlin of Kernersville, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

Eleanor Margaret Higgins

Army Department Employee

Eleanor Margaret Higgins, 83, a contract officer at the Army Department's Defense Supply Service from 1956 to 1983, died Nov. 11 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She had abdominal cancer.

Ms. Higgins, an Alexandria resident, was a receptionist from 1983 to 1990 for Dr. Thomas F. McGough, an Alexandria general practitioner and the city's former public health director.

She was a native of Kansas City, Mo., and a dietetics graduate of what is now University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan.

During World War II, she did tire-rationing work for the Kansas City rationing board.

She received several commendations for her Army Department work.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Helen C. Rainey

Administrative Assistant

Helen C. Rainey, 83, who worked as assistant to the dean of students at Marymount University in Arlington from 1967 until her retirement in 1986, died Nov.12 at Virginia Hospital Center after a stroke.

Mrs. Rainey, an Arlington resident since 1951, was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She studied business at Mount Saint Vincent College in Halifax. In 1944, she married Harry Rainey, whom she met in Halifax while he was stationed there during World War II.

The couple became charter members of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington.

She was also a member of the Ninettes golf group and the Bridge Club at Washington Golf and Country Club and an original member of the Columbine Club of the Edward Douglass White Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Her husband died in 2002. A daughter, Eileen Rainey, died in 1994.

Survivors include five children, Joseph Thayne Rainey of Vienna, Rosemary Loney, Kevin Gerard Rainey and Terence James Rainey, all of Arlington, and Patricia Reese of Monkton, Md.; and 16 grandchildren.

John Anthony 'Tony' Colson

Intelligence Analyst

John Anthony "Tony" Colson, 61, retired senior intelligence analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency, died Nov. 11 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington after cancer surgery in July.

Mr. Colson, an Alexandria resident, worked at DIA from 1978 to 2004. His areas of expertise included the Middle East and Latin America.

He was born in Los Angeles and raised in Rome and Brighton, Mass. After Army service, he graduated from Boston College, from which he also received a master's degree in Russian and East European history.

He received master's degrees in international relations from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and in romance languages from the University of Georgia.

He was fluent in Italian, Spanish, French and German, and he occasionally served as an interpreter for foreign delegations.

He was a member of the Orders and Medals Society of America, a nonprofit group dedicated to the collection and preservation of military and civilian decorations.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Lorraine Snow Colson of Alexandria; three sisters; and a half brother.