Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
George “Mike” Hazard Jr., 72, a chemist at the National Library of Medicine for more than 40 years, died Feb. 5 at his home in Savannah, Ga. The cause was complications from cardiovascular disease, said his daughter, Lisa Hazard.
Dr. Hazard was born in Arcadia, Fla., and moved to the Washington area around 1960. At the National Cancer Institute, he worked on chemical information databases for the National Library of Medicine. He was recently one of the project leaders for the National Institutes of Health’s Hazardous Substances Data Bank. Dr. Hazard moved to Savannah from Reston, Va., in 2003 and telecommuted.
urban policy researcher
G. Thomas Kingsley, 81, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute who studied urban policy and oversaw an effort to provide neighborhood-level data on housing and other issues to community leaders across the country, died Jan. 21 at his home in Washington. The cause was esophageal cancer, said his wife, Rosalie Kingsley.
Mr. Kingsley was born in Los Angeles. Among his early jobs, he worked for New York Mayor John V. Lindsay managing the budget for the city’s housing administration and was an urban policy adviser in Indonesia for the United Nations.
Mr. Kingsley joined the Urban Institute in 1986 as director of its Center for Public Finance and Housing. He later served as founding director of its community data program, the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership; collaborated with the Ford Foundation on four books about urban policy; and worked to promote urban economic development in Eastern Europe, India and Jamaica.
, GWU geography professor
John Lowe, 81, a George Washington University geography professor who specialized in urban and transportation geography, died Feb. 8 at a hospice center in Rockville, Md. The cause was non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said his wife, Shirley Lowe.
Dr. Lowe, a resident of Bethesda, Md., was born in Hyeres, France, and spent his teenage years in Washington. He worked for Morton Hoffman & Co., an urban and economic consulting firm based in Baltimore, and the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state economic development agency, before joining GWU in 1967. Dr. Lowe, whose works included the 1975 book “The Geography of Movement,” retired in 2001.
William Strathmann, 79, a retired Washington psychiatrist, died Feb. 11 at his home in Casco, Maine. The cause was cancer, said a son, Bill Strathmann.
Dr. Strathmann was born in Pomona, Calif. He moved to Washington and opened a private psychiatric practice in 1970. In 1983 he joined the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis in Laurel, Md. He was co-director of its adult psychotherapy program for several years. In 2008, he retired and moved to Maine from Chevy Chase, Md.
teacher, guidance counselor
Colleen Thomas, 86, an art teacher and guidance counselor for 30 years in the public schools of Prince George’s and Calvert counties, died Feb. 6 at her home in Springdale, Md. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Cynthia Richardson.
Mrs. Thomas was born Colleen Braxton in Lynchburg, Va., and moved to the Washington area in 1952. She retired in 1983 from Greenbelt Middle School in Prince George’s County. Earlier, she taught at Kent Junior High School in Prince George’s and at Mount Harmony Elementary School in Calvert County. In retirement she was a volunteer at Prince George’s Hospital Center.
NSA senior executive
William Kennedy, 84, who worked at the National Security Agency for more than 30 years and retired in 1993 as a senior executive, died Feb. 16 at his home in New Market, Md. The cause was esophageal cancer, said his wife, Carolyn Kennedy.
Mr. Kennedy was born in Stamford, Conn. After retiring from the NSA, he spent a decade as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University teaching graduate courses related to management. He volunteered with several programs, including Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic, a nonprofit that arranges free air transportation for patients in need of specialized medical care.
, nuclear physicist
Peter Briggs Myers, 91, a nuclear physicist who oversaw continuing development of the personality assessment his mother and grandmother created, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and helped make it into one of the most widely used personality tests, died Feb. 17 at a hospital in Towson, Md. The cause was complications from diastolic heart failure, said a daughter, Michele Heisler.
When Dr. Myers’s mother, Isabel, died in 1980, she left the MBTI copyright to him and his wife. They acquired a publisher, helped fund the nonprofit Center for Applications of Psychological Type to support research and training related to using the MBTI and established the Myers & Briggs Foundation. The assessment has since been translated into more than 25 languages and taken by millions of people since it was first published in 1962. Dr. Myers and his mother co-authored the book “Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type” (1980).
Dr. Myers, a Towson resident, was born in Washington. He was the director of the Board on Radioactive Waste Management at the National Academy of Sciences, where he worked from the mid-1970s until his retirement in the 1990s. He previously worked on transistors and semiconductor devices at Nokia Bell Labs and on radio and satellite navigation at Magnavox research laboratories.