Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Lloyd Hyde, 91, an entrepreneur whose company, Empire Management Development, bought and developed real estate in the Washington region from the 1960s until he retired in 2015, died Feb. 18 at his home in Newton, Mass. The cause was complications from pneumonia, said a daughter, Andrea Hyde.
Mr. Hyde, widower of Washington Post fashion editor Nina Hyde, was a third-generation Washingtonian. He started Empire Management Development in 1962. He moved to Newton from the District in 2015.
Joan Shorey, 91, an environmental advocate who in the 1970s co-founded a nonprofit focused on environmental education, Concern Inc., and was a legislative assistant to Rep. Richard L. Ottinger (D-N.Y.), died Feb. 20 at her home in Washington. The cause was senile degeneration of the brain, said a daughter, Katherine Shorey Herold.
Mrs. Shorey was born Joan Burgess in Chicago and moved to the District in 1964. She worked as a program coordinator at the Smithsonian Institution before becoming a lobbyist for the Solar Lobby, a coalition of solar energy advocates, before retiring in 1982. She was a member of organizations including the Citizens Association of Georgetown and the Washington Studio School, a nonprofit offering art classes.
James Bilstad, 81, the former associate director of quality assurance of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, died Jan. 15 at his home in San Ramon, Calif. The cause was prostate cancer, said a son, Blake Bilstad.
Dr. Bilstad was born in Sandstone, Minn. He was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health from 1968 to 1974, then worked at the FDA until retiring in 1999. He then spent several years as a pharmaceutical consultant. In 2015, he moved to California from Urbana, Md.
Carolyn Cheney, 77, a sugar lobbyist who since 1991 had represented the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida and units of the Florida Crystals Corp. on issues relating to congressional farm bill legislation and U.S. trade policies, died Feb. 8 at her home in Washington. The cause was cancer, said a son, Lance Cheney.
Mrs. Cheney was born Carolyn Morrow in Ryan, Okla., and came to the Washington area in the early 1970s to work for Rep. James R. Jones (D-Okla.). Later she was a staff member of congressional committees and a vice president for governmental affairs for Staley Continental food and starch products. She was a former vestry member and senior warden of Christ Church on Capitol Hill.
— From staff reports