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Notable deaths in the Washington area

Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Ronald T. Chapman, assembly worker

Ronald T. Chapman, 70, who worked for more than 40 years through sheltered workshops, died May 22 at a hospital in Cheverly, Md. The cause was cardiac arrhythmia, said a brother, Terry Chapman.

Mr. Chapman was born in Chapel Hill, N.C., with congenital rubella syndrome, a condition caused by the rubella virus that left him deaf and with severe developmental disabilities. He moved to West Hyattsville, Md., in 1945, and settled in Cheverly in the late 1990s. Most recently, he did assembly work through New Horizons Supported Services in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Mary Hubbard, CIA secretary

Mary Hubbard, 92, who did clerical and secretarial work for U.S. intelligence agencies in the 1940s and was among the last surviving group of Americans held prisoner in Manchuria by Chinese Communists in 1948 and 1949, died May 21 at a retirement community in the District. The cause was cancer, said a son, Michael Hubbard.

Mrs. Hubbard was born Mary Braden in Dysart, Iowa. She did clerical work in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and worked with the newly formed CIA at the U.S. Consulate in Mukden, Manchuria, when the city fell under Communist control in 1948. U.S. consul general Angus Ward and other consulate aides were held under house arrest for a year and then deported. Mrs. Hubbard, who became a homemaker and CIA spouse, settled in the Washington area in 1968 and was a member of Kenwood Golf and Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Harmon E. Kirby, U.S. ambassador

Harmon E. Kirby, 80, a career Foreign Service officer who served as ambassador to the West African country of Togo from 1990 to 1994, died May 21 at a hospice in the District. The cause was cancer, said a son, Christopher Kirby.

Ambassador Kirby, a Bethesda resident, was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He served in the Foreign Service from 1961 to 1996 and then worked as a contractor in the State Department’s Office of the Historian until 2012. He had postings in Europe, South Asia and Africa, and he was a past United Nations political affairs director at the State Department. He was a member of the International Eye Foundation, an organization that works to prevent blindness in developing countries.

Lucy S. Speller, Sunday school teacher

Lucy S. Speller, 109, a past Sunday and Bible school teacher at Calvary Episcopal Church in Northeast Washington and a member of the wives club of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, died May 19 at her home in the District. She had senile dementia, said a grandniece, Marilyn Wescott.

Mrs. Speller, a lifelong Washingtonian, was born Lucy Stewart. She and her husband housed and mentored children attending racially segregated high schools.

Francis X. Mallgrave, Energy Dept. program manager

Francis X. Mallgrave, 80, an Department of Energy program manager from 1988 to 1997 who worked on efforts to use natural gas an alternative fuel for municipal transport such as buses, died May 27 at his home in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was brain cancer, said a son, Matthew Mallgrave.

Mr. Mallgrave was a Philadelphia native. He worked at the Department of Justice from 1970 to 1988, becoming an assistant director overseeing U.S. attorney’s offices throughout the country. He was a board member of the Washington Little Capitals hockey program and a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Charles E. Fox, insurance broker

Charles E. Fox, 91, an independent insurance broker in the Washington area from 1952 to 1997, died May 26 at a nursing home in Chevy Chase, Md. The cause was dementia and a heart ailment, said his wife, Barbara Fox.

Mr. Fox, a Silver Spring, Md., resident, was born in Philadelphia. He was an Army veteran of World War II who served in the Army Reserve from 1945 until 1995, retiring at the rank of captain.

C.C. Campbell Gillon, minister

C.C. Campbell Gillon, 87, a senior pastor at Georgetown Presbyterian Church in Washington from 1980 to 2002, died May 13 at a hospital in Leesburg, Va. The cause was pancreatic cancer and gastrointestinal bleeding, said a daughter, Rev. A. Sheila Blount.

Rev. Gillon, who descended from prominent Church of Scotland ministers, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He served as minister of several historic churches in Scotland such as Cathcart Old Parish Church in Glasgow — which celebrated its 800th anniversary during Rev. Gillon’s ministry. He settled in the Washington area in 1980 and was chaplain to the St. Andrews Society of Washington for 15 years. He was a resident of Lansdowne, Va.

James W. Eadie, USGS draftsman

James W. Eadie, 90, a U.S. Geological Survey a draftsman for about 30 years until retiring in the mid-1970s, died May 17 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was complications from a single-car accident that day on Interstate 495 in Montgomery County after he lost control of his vehicle, state police said.

Mr. Eadie, a Bethesda resident, was born in Portsmouth, N.H. He was a deacon at Sligo Seventh Day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, Md., and a volunteer at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He enjoyed square dancing.

Angie King Corley, D.C. School Board member

Angie King Corley, 89, a member of the D.C. School Board from 1988 until 2000 representing Ward 5, which is mostly in Northeast Washington, died May 22 at a hospital in the District. The cause was heart disease, said a daughter, Angie Corley-Demery.

Mrs. Corley, a District resident, was born Angie King in Chester, S.C. She taught home economics at historically black colleges such as North Carolina Central University and Voorhees College in South Carolina before settling in the Washington area around 1950. She was a civic activist and guidance counselor at McKinley Technical High School before joining the school board; she lost reelection in 2000 to Tommy Wells, now a member of the D.C. Council. Mrs. Corley was member of the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer in Washington at which she helped start an SAT tutoring program.

Richard A. Jaeggi, nonprofit founder

Richard A. Jaeggi, 60, founder and executive director of Gandhi Brigade, a nonprofit youth development group based in Silver Spring, Md., died May 25 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was brain cancer, said a son, Daniel Jaeggi.

Mr. Jaeggi, a resident of Riverdale, Md., was born in New Brunswick, N.J. Before starting Gandhi Brigade nine years ago, he was the co-director of For Love of Children, a nonprofit organization that mentors youngsters to help them graduate from high school. Earlier in his career, he worked as a director at the Center for Urban Progress at Howard University and the Skill Builders youth training program. He also was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal.

— from staff reports

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