Kara Green Benham
Kara Green Benham, 31, a gifted pianist and piano teacher despite being blind since birth, died Dec. 4 of hypoglycemic cardiac arrest at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was a Springfield resident.
Mrs. Benham was born in Richmond and attended Virginia Commonwealth University for two years before receiving her bachelor's degree in music from George Mason University in 1999. She received a master's degree in music from George Mason in 2001.
She was the pianist for Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fairfax from 2003 to 2005 and gave private piano lessons from 2000 until her death. A member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Springfield, she played for children's and women's programs and recently began playing for Sunday morning worship services. She also played regularly for women's Bible studies at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield and at Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax.
She wrote and recorded her own music. She produced six CDs and was in the process of recording another.
From 1998 to 2000, she gave music lessons to underprivileged children through the Music Link Foundation and played monthly at the Heatherwood Retirement Community in Burke.
She was active in Beep Ball, a softball program for blind people, participated in water aerobics at Wakefield Chapel Recreation Center in Annandale and bowled with the Capital Area Rail Blazers, the 2004-05 reigning champions.
Survivors include her husband of nine years, Richard Deane Benham of Springfield; her parents, Robert and Renie Green of Richmond; and a sister, Amy Samson, and a brother, Andrew Green, both of Richmond.
You Lue Wang
You Lue Wang, 62, a retired Navy commander who had most recently been a counter-terrorism analyst with Sytex, a division of Lockheed Martin, died Dec. 6 at his home in Burke of complications of lung cancer.
Mr. Wang was born in Washington and graduated from Wilson High School in 1961. He received a bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1965.
He joined the Navy shortly after graduating from college, and his assignments included intelligence officer on the aircraft carrier Nimitz. His decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal.
He was working at the Defense Intelligence Agency when he retired from the Navy in 1989, and afterward he worked as an intelligence communications analyst for GTE in Chantilly. In 1996, he became involved with GTE's joint venture with China to develop a communications system for the nation.
At Sytex, he gathered and interpreted naval intelligence reports.
He was a member of Vale United Methodist Church in Oakton, where he designed and implemented a support group for children of aging parents. He sang in the church choir.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Shirley M. Wang of Burke; two children, David Wang of New Bern, N.C., and Carol Corkran of Atlanta; his mother, Yu Er of Springfield; a brother, Don Wang of Chevy Chase; and three grandchildren.
Philip N. Daly
Philip Niland Daly, 76, a native Washingtonian who became a business owner based in Danville, Va., died Nov. 12 at his home in Danville. He had cancer.
Mr. Daly attended Gonzaga College High School in Washington before graduating from Mount St. Joseph High School, a Catholic preparatory school in Baltimore. He was a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, which he attended on a football scholarship.
As a boy, he was a top D.C. area salesman for Liberty magazine. In the 1950s, he went into business with his older brother selling home supplies and building swimming pools in the Washington area.
In the early 1960s, he settled in Danville and bought a cemetery before expanding into other businesses. Under the company name Daly Seven, his family owns and operates 38 hotels and has more than 1,000 employees in Virginia and North Carolina.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Frances Daly of Danville; seven children, Philip Daly Jr. and Patrick Daly, both of Danville, Jon Daly of Winston-Salem, N.C., James Daly of Lynchburg, Va., Robert Daly of Raleigh, N.C., Charisse Kleinman of Greensboro, N.C., and Shelayne Sutton of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two brothers; two sisters; and 29 grandchildren.
Alton M. Jones Sr.
HHS, Museum Official
Alton Millard Jones Sr., 93, who spent more than 10 years at the Department of Health and Human Services before retiring as a program manager, died Nov. 14 at the Washington Home hospice. He had congestive heart failure.
Mr. Jones was a founding member and former board chairman of the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture. The museum is in Southeast Washington, where Mr. Jones was a longtime resident.
He was a native of Oriental, N.C., and a 1939 business graduate of Howard University. He received a master's degree in social work from Catholic University in 1959.
During World War II, he worked for the USO in Newport News. He later was a probation officer for the Washington court system and did work for the Washington Urban League and the Labor Department to help minorities receive apprenticeships.
He did volunteer work for the Parent-Teacher Association, scouting groups and the Fort Stanton Civic Association in Southeast Washington.
His first wife, Willie Morton Jones, whom he married in 1944, died in 1960. His marriage to Edith Jones ended in divorce.
Two sons from his first marriage died: William C. Jones, in 1978, and the Rev. Alton Akinsegun, an ordained minister of the Temple of the Black Messiah in Washington, in 1986.
Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Alicia McPhie Cohen of Potomac Falls; five brothers, Edgar Jones of Hyattsville, Myron Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y., Henry Jones of Silver Spring and Colenester Jones and Earl Jones, both of Washington; and four grandchildren.
Elaine Ostraat Thompson
Defense Department Staffer
Elaine Ostraat Thompson, 78, who worked at the Defense Department as a writer-editor and administrative assistant, died Dec. 3 of colon cancer at Arleigh Burke Pavilion, a military nursing facility in McLean. She lived in Springfield.
Mrs. Thompson came to the Washington area during World War II and worked at the War Department from 1944 to 1949. She was employed by the Veterans Administration in 1949 and 1950.
From 1954 to 1967, she was a writer-editor at Air Force headquarters. After taking time out to raise her family, she became an administrative assistant with the Army Materiel Command from 1983 to 1992.
She was also a substitute elementary school teacher and tutor in Fairfax County.
Mrs. Thompson was born in Colton, S.D. She attended South Dakota State University and George Mason University.
She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Springfield and served as parish registrar and secretary of the executive board of the church women's group. She was also volunteer leader at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Both of Mrs. Thompson's parents were from Norway, and she spoke fluent Norwegian throughout her life. In 1993, she joined the Sons of Norway, a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving Norwegian customs.
Mrs. Thompson was cultural director and hospitality director of the group's Washington lodge and helped launch a cultural skills program. She served on several committees and was cultural director of the International Sons of Norway convention in 2004.
She enjoyed travel, reading and music.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Lowell E. Thompson of Springfield; three children, Kathleen D. Thompson of San Felipe, Mexico, Karen A. Geno of Oceanside, Calif., and Kevin L. Thompson of Arlington; two sisters, Signey M. Claussen of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Evelyn J. Wierenga of Charlottesville; and two granddaughters.