Wayne Barner Cooke

IBM Employee

Wayne Barner Cooke, 68, a retired IBM employee, died of cancer Oct. 20 at Clinton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He lived in the Parkland section of Prince George's County.

Mr. Cooke was born in Fresno, Calif., and served four years in the Navy. In 1965, he moved to Washington to work for IBM. He retired as a senior customer service engineer in 1992.

He volunteered a day each week, teaching mechanical principles to students at McKinley Technical High School.

He was past president of Oxon Hill Kiwanis International and a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association in College Park. Mr. Cooke also enjoyed beekeeping, organic gardening and helping stray animals.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Henrietta Cooke of Parkland; three daughters, Dawn Cooke and Kelly Hydoski, both of Gaithersburg, and Jennifer Peshek of Chelveston, England; a brother; and a grandson.

Lois Elaine Martin Levin

Homemaker, Artist

Lois Elaine Martin Levin, 79, a homemaker and artist, died of lung cancer Oct. 20 at the Potomac Manor Care nursing home. She lived in Bethesda for 43 years.

An avid reader with a passion for politics, Mrs. Levin hosted many three-hour family dinners that combined good food and arguments, a daughter said, and her children's friends vied for dinner invitations.

Mrs. Levin studied painting, sculpture and photography at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She loved seeking out obscure art galleries as much as visiting major museums. She was a symphony and opera buff, and she also explored religion, decoupage, culinary arts and yoga.

She was born in Pompeii, Mich., and raised in Michigan and Texas. During World War II, she worked at Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock as a mail clerk and later operated drill presses in a Detroit truck plant. She also worked as a public relations assistant for the Michigan State Highway Department in Lansing and part time as a runway model.

She married a newspaper reporter in 1949 and moved to Washington in 1963. Mrs. Levin worked as a real estate agent for Colquitt Carruthers in the 1970s. She was a literacy volunteer with the D.C. public schools, a newsletter editor for the Inner Circle of the Rotary Club and an amateur lobbyist for anti-smoking legislation.

Survivors include her husband, Arnold J. Levin of Bethesda; three children, Lisa Levin Itte of Silver Spring, Jane Elizabeth Dayton of Silver Spring and James Levin of Annapolis; two brothers; a sister; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Richard E. Rebbert

NIST Chemist, Educator

Richard E. Rebbert, 78, a chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a former Georgetown University professor, died Oct. 19 of congestive heart failure at Greenspring Village, an assisted living facility in Springfield. He had lived in Washington until February.

Dr. Rebbert was born in Baltimore and graduated from Loyola College in Baltimore. He received a doctorate in physical chemistry from Catholic University in 1952.

He did postdoctoral research at the Canadian National Research Council in Ottawa in the early 1950s and, in 1953, became a research chemist at Ethyl Corp. in Detroit.

In 1955, Dr. Rebbert came to Washington to teach at Georgetown. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses and was acting chairman of the Chemistry Department in 1955 and 1956.

In 1961, he became a research chemist with the chemical thermodynamics division at the former National Bureau of Standards (now NIST). In the early 1980s, he transferred to the analytical chemistry division.

Among his achievements, he helped develop helium and neon resonance lamps, which were used in photochemical research. He also did work on ozone depletion, standards for recycled lubricating oils and methods for determining the concentrations of organic compounds.

After retiring from NIST in 1992, Dr. Rebbert taught chemistry at Montgomery College in Takoma Park.

He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Washington, where he did volunteer work. He also volunteered at the pastoral care office of Georgetown University Hospital and for Meals on Wheels.

His interests included bird-watching, photography, wine and gardening. He studied genealogy and participated in a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration citizen weather project, recording temperatures and precipitation in his back yard for many years.

He often attended reunions with members of his first-grade class at St. Mary Star of the Sea School in Baltimore.

His wife of 52 years, Alicia C. Rebbert, died in January.

Survivors include four children, Maria A. Rebbert of Hillsdale, Mich., Richard F. Rebbert of Fredericksburg, Alicia R. Gore of Los Alamos, N.M., and Carolyn R. Rebbert of Stamford, Conn.; three sisters, Florence A. Best and Catherine M. Folderauer of Towson, Md., and Helen L. Kern of Ellicott City; and four grandchildren.

Harriet Hubbard

Civic Activist

Harriet Hubbard, 91, a Washington civic activist who worked more than six decades on preservation concerns, died Oct. 27 at her home in the District. She had pneumonia.

With an interest in zoning and city planning, Mrs. Hubbard helped champion passage of the 1950 Old Georgetown Act, which made the entire village a historic district.

After several years in Switzerland, she returned to the Washington area in the mid-1960s and became involved in demonstrations against the Vietnam War.

Through the Dupont Circle Citizens Association, she grew active again in historic preservation. She fought against a plan to introduce a series of freeways across the city.

She helped preserve a residential feel in much of the Dupont Circle area.

In recent years, she unsuccessfully protested the Washington Convention Center.

She was born Harriet Bissell in New York City and was raised in Pittsburgh. She was a 1935 history graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Early in her career, she was a private secretary to author Theodore Dreiser.

Her first and third marriages, to Christopher Ludwig Fouler and Nathaniel King, ended in divorce. Her second husband, Arctic explorer and Weather Bureau official Charles Joseph Hubbard, died in a plane crash in 1950.

Survivors include three children from the second marriage, Aries Roessler of Lausanne, Switzerland, John H. Hubbard of Ithaca, N.Y., and Dana Hubbard Davis of Washington; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Elliott Warrick Lucas Sr.

D.C. Public Schools Official

Elliott Warrick Lucas Sr., 87, a teacher and principal in D.C. public schools, died Nov. 7 of lymphoma at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He had been a lifelong Washington resident until moving to Chevy Chase in August.

Mr. Lucas grew up in Washington, where he participated in swimming and diving competitions as a child. He was a 1935 graduate of Armstrong High School.

Having demonstrated mechanical ability as a student, he enrolled in the Army in 1940 and became an airplane mechanic with the storied 99th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. The unit was better known as the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American fliers and support troops that compiled an outstanding service record in World War II.

Mr. Lucas, who was a staff sergeant during the war, devised a number of tools, attachments for wrenches and mechanical procedures that improved the efficiency of aircraft maintenance. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his achievements.

After the war, he taught airplane mechanics at Phelps Vocational High School in Washington. He was a graduate of Howard University, and in 1952 he received a master's degree in education from New York University.

He taught vocational education at several Washington schools and entered school administration as a principal of evening and summer programs at Woodson Junior High School. He also taught swimming and supervised a variety of extracurricular activities.

In 1964, he was named principal of Armstrong Adult Education Center, his alma mater. One highlight of his career was presenting an honorary high school diploma to former Armstrong student Duke Ellington. He retired in 1977.

Mr. Lucas was a member of the Kiwanis club and enjoyed playing golf into his eighties. He was a member of the M Club, a teachers' organization, and the University of Maryland Senior Men's Golf Association. He also enjoyed international travel.

He attended Calvary Episcopal Church in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marguerite Lucas of Chevy Chase; a daughter, Karen Lucas of Chevy Chase; and a son, Dr. Elliott W. Lucas Jr. of Hampton, Va.

Sophie Rosenbaum


Sophie Rosenbaum, 99, a retired New York elementary school teacher who volunteered with Montgomery County senior services organizations, died Nov. 10 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda of injuries sustained in a fall.

The Chevy Chase resident and 50-year cancer survivor was born in Russia and raised in Brooklyn. She graduated from City College of New York and for many years was a first-grade teacher.

Upon moving to the Washington area in 1975, she joined a number of civic groups and rose to a leadership position with the Jewish Community Center, the Blair Senior Club and the Montgomery County Association of Senior Citizens, as well as local chapters of the National Council of Senior Citizens and AARP.

She also served on the board of the Forest Glen Senior Center and headed Seniors for Organized Change, an organization through which she served briefly as an intern in 1982 for Rep. Michael D. Barnes (D-Md.).

Her husband of 55 years, Hyman Rosenbaum, died in 1986.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Rosenbaum of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and Ira Rosenbaum of Chevy Chase; a sister; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

David S. Dondero

Financial Planner

David S. Dondero, 71, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and president of a financial planning firm in Alexandria, died Nov. 14 of a heart attack at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He lived in Huntingtown.

He founded Dondero & Associates in 1982 and often was quoted in articles about financial planning in The Washington Post, Fortune magazine and other publications.

He also was the co-host of a weekly cable television program, "The Washington Forum on Financial Planning," and was named one of the nation's 200 best financial planners by Money magazine.

He taught financial planning at George Washington University and American University and was president of the Washington chapter of the International Association of Financial Planners, which later merged with another group to form the Financial Planning Association. In 2003, he received the association's lifetime achievement award.

Lt. Col. Dondero was born in Vineland, N.J., and graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. He also attended Syracuse University.

He was a missile-site commander during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and, later in his Air Force career, was instrumental in building a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) center in Massachusetts.

He retired in 1975 from his final posting at the Pentagon. His decorations included the Bronze Star and Air Force Commendation Medal.

Lt. Col. Dondero worked for American Financial Consultants Inc. in Silver Spring and for DeRand Investment Corp. in Arlington before forming his own company.

His marriage to Ruth Ann Dondero ended in divorce.

Two daughters from that marriage, Anita Dondero and Ann Marie Rowe, died in 1966 and 1996, respectively.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Rebecca Brown Dondero of Huntingtown; three children from the first marriage, David Thomas Dondero of Moseley, Va., Andrea Dondero of Richmond and Angela Dondero Pettit of Sterling; two stepsons, Michael King of Pikeville, N.C., and William Todd King of Macon, Ga.; a brother; a half-sister; a stepbrother; a stepsister; and 11 grandchildren.

Henry Waldo Dearborn

CIA Cartographer

Henry Waldo Dearborn, 87, a retired cartographer with the Central Intelligence Agency, died of prostate cancer Oct. 27 at his home in Reston.

Mr. Dearborn, who was born in Chicago and raised in Seattle, began his career as a commercial photographer. In 1940, he traveled to the Aleutian Islands to photograph the civil engineering and construction of a U.S. naval air station.

He joined the Navy at the start of World War II and served as a photographer, mainly in the Pacific. He was aboard the USS Indianapolis when he photographed an artillery duel with Japanese shore batteries.

After receiving advanced photography training and a promotion to chief photographer's mate, Mr. Dearborn led aerial photographic reconnaissance of enemy-held positions throughout the Pacific. Some of his photos were published in newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek.

After the war, he received a degree in geography from Syracuse University and worked as a graduate instructor at the University of Colorado.

He was recalled to active military duty in the Korean War, during which time he studied languages and ultimately became fluent in Russian, French and German.

He began working for the CIA in 1953 and held a series of positions as geographer, training officer and cartographer. At his retirement from the agency in 1979, he received the CIA Career Intelligence Medal for Exceptional Achievement.

Active in local civic affairs, Mr. Dearborn was a member of the Northeast Citizens Association in Alexandria, the Correctional Services Advisory Board and the Alexandria Police and Jail Task Force.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mona C. Dearborn of Reston; three daughters, Elizabeth Dearborn of Buffalo, Ellen Dearborn Storck of Falls Church and Nan Dearborn of Reston; and four grandchildren.