Edward Thomas Herlihy

Transportation Planner

Edward Thomas Herlihy, 63, a Reston activist and transportation planner, died after a heart attack Nov. 12 at his home in Reston.

Mr. Herlihy was a well-known Democratic activist in Reston, where he helped start the Reston Democratic Club 20 years ago. He was a delegate to several national party conventions.

He was an early member of the Reston Citizens Association and served on the task force that established the Reston Community Center. He was often seen at public hearings on topics that ranged from where the Virginia Metro stops should go in 1978 to whether a county income tax should be enacted in 1991.

Born in Lynn, Mass., he graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He served in the Air Force in Thailand and Asia, then moved to Reston in 1970.

He worked for Planning Research Corp. in McLean from 1971 to 1977, then for URI Transportation Center. Since 1985, he worked for MCV Associates, a transportation planning company.

He leaves no immediate survivors.

John Lockard Barnes Sr.

IRS Field Agent

John Lockard Barnes Sr., 78, a former Internal Revenue Service field agent, died of complications from leukemia Nov. 27 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He was a resident of Silver Spring and Millers, Md.

Mr. Barnes was born in Westminster, Md., and graduated from Western Maryland College. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He went to work for the Capitol Police in 1953. After two years, he switched to the IRS and stayed with that agency until his retirement in 1987.

He also served in the Air Force during the Berlin crisis in the early 1960s and with the D.C. Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. He managed a family farm in Millers in retirement and also worked as a paralegal from his Silver Spring home.

He ran unsuccessfully for Orphans' Court judge in 1994 and as a Democratic candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates in 1996.

His marriage to Geneva Mae Barrington ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Susan Viola Barnes Slagle of Greensboro, N.C., John Lockard Barnes Jr. of Olney and Paul Alan Barnes of St. Augustine, Fla.; a sister; four brothers; and three grandchildren.

Jerome B. 'Jay' Wyble

Engineering Firm Founder

Jerome Burton "Jay" Wyble, 88, the founder and former president of J.B. Wyble & Associates, a consulting firm in Bethesda specializing in mechanical and electrical engineering, died Nov. 13 at his home in Washington. He had prostate cancer.

Mr. Wyble started his business in 1952 and remained involved until his death. His sons took over daily operations about 15 years ago.

Mr. Wyble, a native Washingtonian, was a 1935 graduate of McKinley Technical High School and a 1939 mechanical engineering graduate of Catholic University. In college, he was on the boxing team.

During World War II, he served in the Navy Seabees in the Pacific, including on Okinawa. He retired from the Navy Reserve as a captain in 1977.

He was a founding member and former president of the Consulting Engineers Council of Metropolitan Washington. The Maryland Society of Professional Engineers elected him to its Christie Society for his long service.

His memberships included the Bethesda Rotary Club and the building committee of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. He was a coach for his children's Catholic Youth Organization sports teams.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mary Long Wyble of Washington; three children, James B. Wyble of Potomac, J. Thomas Wyble of Kensington and Marianne P. Wyble of Bethesda; a brother; a sister; and nine grandchildren.

F. Wendell Tebben

Financial Analyst

Frederick Wendell Tebben, 75, who retired in 1996 as vice president of the National Valuation Co., an investment evaluation agency in Washington, died of lung cancer Nov. 19 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was a resident of Washington.

Dr. Tebben was a financial analyst for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington in the 1970s and 1980s before joining National Valuation.

He was born in Waukegan, Ill. He received a master's degree in finance from George Washington University and a doctorate in finance from the University of Chicago. He also received a diploma in finance and accounting from the London School of Economics.

He was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London. He served for 17 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and did volunteer work for the U.S. Navy Museum in Washington.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Washington and the St. Andrew's Society.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Marian Korb Tebben of Washington.

Alfred F. Kennedy

Navy Captain

Alfred Francis Kennedy, 82, a retired Navy captain and submariner who spent 17 years at Vitro Corp. in Arlington as a test engineering for Poseidon and Trident strategic weapons systems, died Nov. 18 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had pancreatic cancer.

Capt. Kennedy, a Falls Church resident, was born in Cleveland. He was in the Class of 1945 at Harvard University but left just shy of graduation to join the Navy during the final months of World War II.

He later received his diploma and was president of the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., from 1978 to 1980 and a regional director of the Harvard Alumni Association from 1980 to 1983.

In the Navy, he served on the submarine Pomfret during the Korean conflict. He later commanded the submarine Sea Fox and two submarine divisions at the New London submarine base in Connecticut. He also was active in surveillance work of the Soviet submarine fleet during the Cold War.

His final active-duty assignment, in 1970, was at Navy Department headquarters helping design anti-submarine warfare systems.

During his career, he also was a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair.

Capt. Kennedy was a member of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Falls Church, where he had been a treasurer and vestryman.

He was a former commander of the American Legion post at the Army and Navy Club in Washington.

His memberships included the P.G. Wodehouse Society, the Candlelight Waltz Society and the English-Speaking Union.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Laura Patton Kennedy of Falls Church; four children, Victoria Kennedy of Falls Church, Elizabeth Gische of Potomac, Bryan Kennedy of New York and Laura Kennedy, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkmenistan, of Washington; a sister; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Dorothy Sohl

DIA Editor, Novelist

Dorothy Jansen Sohl, 80, who edited technical reports and other publications for the Defense Intelligence Agency and also wrote a mystery novel, died Nov. 20 at a hospital in Seattle after a stroke.

Mrs. Sohl worked at the DIA from 1972 to 1981. Writing under the name Dotty Sohl, her mystery book, "Hearing Faces," was published by HarperCollins in 1995.

She was born in Lake Forest, Ill., and raised in Sycamore, Ill. She was a 1947 English graduate of Lake Forest College in Illinois.

She was a library clerk and editor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before moving to the Washington area in 1954.

She was a former president of the Annandale-Springfield branch of the American Association of University Women. She was a member of the Chesapeake chapter of Sisters in Crime, a group that promotes women mystery writers.

She moved to Bremerton, Wash., from Reston in 2002.

Her husband of 45 years, Norman F. Sohl, died in 1993.

Survivors include her son, Norman F. Sohl Jr. of Seattle; a sister; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Michelle Ramsey

Administrative Assistant

Michelle Ramsey, 51, who spent 27 years as an administrative assistant for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences before retiring in March, died Nov. 24 at Holy Cross Hospital. She had colon cancer.

Ms. Ramsey, a Rockville resident, was born in Washington and raised in Takoma Park. She was a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring.

Her marriage to Earl Boyd ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son from the marriage, Earl C. Boyd of Rockville; a daughter from a previous relationship, Sequoia Ramsey of Rockville; her mother, Sallie Ramsey of Rockville; her father, John McKenzie of Washington; and two sisters, Linda Byrd and Denetrices Ramsey, both of Washington.

Gurnie C. Hobbs

Sales & Marketing Executive

Gurnie C. Hobbs, 78, retired director of membership for the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association, died Nov. 24 of complications from Parkinson's disease at Collington Episcopal Life Care Community in Mitchelville.

Mr. Hobbs also was a poet, author and gospel singer. He was born in Edenton, N.C., and lived in the Washington area for 51 years. He served with the military police in the Army Air Corps in the mid-1940s and graduated from the University of Maryland with an English degree in 1954. While at Maryland, he also studied Russian, and developed a love for the people and the language.

His fluency in Russian proved useful when he worked as director of promotions for the American Automobile Association in the District from 1954 to 1978. As a son recalled, a man from the then-Soviet Union wrote a letter to AAA that eventually was routed to Mr. Hobbs. The two developed a long-term correspondence and met when Mr. Hobbs made his first trip to the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

Mr. Hobbs traveled to the Soviet Union a second time in the 1970s, seeking out and visiting underground churches.

After AAA, he worked for the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association from 1980 until retiring in 1995.

He also was president of Sales and Marketing Executives in the District.

A man of eclectic interests, Mr. Hobbs was fluent in French, penned patriotic poetry, wrote several how-to-books on advertising and marketing, and recorded three gospel records. He enjoyed the old church standards. A baritone soloist, he also sang bass in the choir at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Bowie. He was active on the church's financial committee.

His marriage to LaRue Hobbs ended in divorce. A son from that marriage, Steve Hobbs, died Nov. 27 in a car accident.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Millie Hobbs of Bowie; two children from the first marriage, Angela Mask of Spokane, Wash., and Anne Ramsden of Syracuse, N.Y.; two children from the second marriage, Cole Hobbs of Bowie and Martin Hobbs of Odenton; a sister, Ann Condra of Laurel; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Jerome B. Wyble