Myrtle ‘Mike’ Niccolls
aide to Md. first lady

Myrtle “Mike” Niccolls, who was a top aide to Patricia D. Hughes, the wife of former Maryland governor Harry R. Hughes (D), died Nov. 19 at her home in Alexandria. She was 96.

The cause was congestive heart failure, her son John A. Ives said.

Myrtle Danico Niccolls was born in Brookline, Mass. She received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1939. She settled in the Washington area during World War II and worked for the Army Security Agency, a National Security Agency precursor, and later for the Red Cross.

She was active in Democratic Party politics and helped manage the campaigns of candidates including former Virginia state senator Clive L. DuVal II (D-Fairfax). Ms. Niccolls worked for Patricia Hughes during her tenure as Maryland first lady from 1979-87.

Ms. Niccolls belonged to the Woman’s National Democratic Club and was a founding member of Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Northern Virginia, where she sang in the choir and did volunteer work, her son said.

She served on the executive board of Burgundy Farm Country Day School in Alexandria, which her children attended, and volunteered at the Mount Vernon Mental Health Center and the Women’s Center in Vienna. She was active in Bryn Mawr alumnae activities, including fundraising campaigns and other efforts.

Her marriages to Kenneth G. Ives and Alex Halperin ended in divorce. Survivors include a son from her first marriage, John A. Ives of Alexandria; two children from her second marriage, Michael D. Halperin of Santa Fe, N.M., and Susan S. Halperin of Alexandria; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Emily Langer

Allen H. Foreman Jr.

Allen H. Foreman Jr., a statistician who worked for the U.S. Census Bureau for more than three decades, died Nov. 26 at his home in Edgewater, Md. He was 77.

The cause was leukemia, said his son Brian S. Foreman.

Mr. Foreman retired in 2001 from the Census Bureau, where he had been chief of the Primary Goods Industries Branch in the Manufacturing and Construction Division, his son said.

Allen Harvey Foreman Jr. was born in the Philippines, in the city of Zamboanga, where his father was stationed by the Army.

The younger Mr. Foreman joined the Army in 1959 and served for two years. He later was in the Army Reserve for eight years.

He settled in the Washington area in 1968 after working for the North Carolina highway system.

Mr. Foreman was a longtime Waldorf resident before moving to Edgewater in 2003. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and as a park ranger at Maryland’s Cedarville State Forest.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Vickie Boykin Foreman of Edgewater; two sons, Brian S. Foreman of Highland, Md., and Kevin A. Foreman of Burtonsville, Md.; and a brother.

— Emily Langer

Gertrude C. Shapiro
homemaker, volunteer

Gertrude C. Shapiro, a longtime District homemaker who volunteered at her children’s schools and with her religious congregations, died Dec. 6 at the Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights senior living community in Chevy Chase. She was 96.

She had a heart attack, said her son, Joseph Shapiro.

Gertrude Corner was born in Scranton, Pa. She settled in the Washington area during World War II and worked in the 1940s and early 1950s as a legal secretary for the Navy, the Agriculture Department and law firms.

While her children were growing up, she volunteered at their District schools, including Janney Elementary, Alice Deal Junior High and Woodrow Wilson High School. She was a volunteer librarian at Alice Deal and Janney, where she helped establish the library, her son said.

Mrs. Shapiro also volunteered with the Woman’s National Democratic Club and the National Council of Jewish Women, as well as at her synagogues, Temple Sinai in Washington and the Bethesda Jewish Congregation.

Her husband of 52 years, Harold P. Shapiro, died in 2003. Survivors include two children, Joseph Shapiro of Washington and Marjorie Shapiro of Arlington; and three granddaughters.

— Emily Langer