Robert C. Herr

District Employee

Robert C. Herr, 82, a manager for the tree division of the D.C. Transportation Department, died of complications of abdominal surgery Dec. 7 at Montgomery General Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Herr, who was born in Washington and was a lifelong resident of the area, graduated from Hyattsville High School and the University of Maryland. He served in the Navy during World War II in the European theater.

He worked for the District until he retired in 1980.

He was a member of the Leisure World Lions Club and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

His first wife, Marie Gabriel Herr, died in 1962.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Ruth Herr of Silver Spring; six children from his first marriage, Joseph Herr of Ellicott City, Robert Herr of Annapolis, Timothy Herr of Waldorf, Ann Sharp of Glenwood, Marian Quinn of Fulton and Patricia Swayze of Pittsboro, N.C.; two stepchildren, Robert Kendall Ashton of Kensington and Mary Ellen Ashton of Anchorage; and 14 grandchildren.

Herbert W. Black

Aircraft Mechanic

Herbert "Blackie" Wynne Black, 75, an aircraft mechanic for 42 years, died Dec. 2 at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore of complications from a recent surgery. A resident of Lanham for 42 years, he moved three months ago to Seaford, Del.

Mr. Black began working for Capital Airlines, which later merged with United Airlines. He retired in 1994.

He was born in Pittsburgh and served in the Navy as an airman in the Korean War. He then received an airframe and power-plant license from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

He was known as "Dad-Dad" to his family and was happiest playing with his grandchildren, spoiling his dog Bear and watching the History Channel. He also enjoyed reading.

He was an active member of American Legion Post 139 in Greenbelt for 48 years.

He and his wife celebrated their 51st anniversary this year.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Wolfram Black of Seaford; two sons, Richard Black of Anchorage and Mitchell Black of Silver Spring; and seven grandchildren.

John N. 'Jack' Remissong

Labor Relations Executive

John N. "Jack" Remissong, 79, a labor relations executive at General Dynamics and for the federal government, died of complications of Parkinson's disease Dec. 5 at the Rockville Nursing Home.

Mr. Remissong was born in Aurora, Ill., and enlisted in the Navy after high school. He served in the Pacific theater at the end of World War II and after the war joined government contractor General Dynamics as a clerk.

He graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., on the GI Bill, then returned to General Dynamics to work as an executive in labor relations. He moved from California to New Mexico to Florida to Massachusetts before moving to the Washington area in 1970.

Mr. Remissong helped negotiate the privatization of the Post Office and then joined NASA. He was assigned to the National Labor Relations Board and the National Mediation Board while with NASA. He retired in 1990.

His wife of 59 years, Joyce Connors Remissong, died in January.

Survivors include four children, Kevin "Nick" Remissong of Franklin, Mass., Jill Continetti of Silver Spring, Kyle Remissong of Washington and Jan Remissong of Rockville; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Mary 'Mimi' Henry

NIH Staffer

Mary Eleanor "Mimi" Potter Henry, 68, who worked at the National Institutes of Health for nearly three decades, died of cancer Nov. 29 at Casey House hospice in Rockville. She was a Rockville resident.

Ms. Henry was born in Washington and attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Alexandria for three years. She graduated from the American High School in Tehran, where her father was stationed as a Foreign Service officer. She had an associate's degree from St. Petersburg College in Florida.

In the 1960s, Ms. Henry worked for the Peace Corps in Washington before joining NIH in the early 1970s. She worked in the personnel offices of both the clinical center and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

For the last decade of her career, she was a management analyst in the extramural program of the National Cancer Institute, helping to determine how funds would be distributed to institutions outside NIH. She retired in 2001.

Ms. Henry had been a member of the American Ethical Union, a humanistic and spiritual organization that teaches universal respect for all people, since 1967. She was a member of the Washington Ethical Society and Northern Virginia Ethical Society, holding leadership positions in both groups. She performed marriages, memorial services and other ceremonies throughout the area.

She also enjoyed sailing and for many years chaired the NIH cruising program, which chartered boats for cruises on the Chesapeake Bay. She enjoyed traveling and took several river cruises in Europe.

Her marriage to Benjamin L. Henry ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Laurence F. Henry of Wettenburg, Germany; two sisters, Stephanie "Taffy" Turner of Silver Spring and Penny Potter of Winter Park, Fla.; and two grandsons.