Raymond J. Steimel, 89, who was Catholic University’s first dean of admissions and later its school of education, died May 31 at a retirement facility in Bethesda, Md. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Jean Steimel.
Dr. Steimel, a Bethesda resident, was born in Dodge City, Kan., and joined Catholic University’s psychology department in 1958. After helping revise the Northeast Washington university’s admissions practices in the 1960s, he served as dean of admissions. He was dean of the education school from 1973 to 1984 and retired in 1989. He also organized counseling programs for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps, established workshops for counselors and helped set up education programs in Iran.
Laura Hawley, 90, who was an aide to Melvin R. Laird through much of his long and influential career, died June 23 at an assisted-living center in Alexandria. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, said a daughter, Dianne Dean.
Mrs. Hawley worked for Laird from 1966 to 1995, during which time he was a member of Congress, President Richard M. Nixon’s secretary of defense and domestic policy adviser, and, finally, a counselor to Reader’s Digest magazine,
Mrs. Hawley, an Alexandria resident, was born Laura Fricker in Milford, Mass. She served as a secretary in the Women’s Army Corps in North Africa and Italy during World War II. In the 1950s, she did secretarial work for the Republican National Committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee and Sen. William F. Knowland (R-Calif). She was a recipient of the Defense Department’s Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
Evette Boykin, 59, a paralegal for the Justice Department from 1982 to 2013, died June 7 at a hospital in La Plata, Md. The cause was complications from a stroke, said a daughter, Evonne Boykin.
Mrs. Boykin, a resident of District Heights, Md., was born Evette Belle in White Stone, Va., and grew up in Baltimore. In the 1970s, she did secretarial work for the Social Security Administration in Baltimore.
Douglas D. Nebert, 51, a U.S. Geological Survey employee who specialized in modern geospatial information systems, died May 31 in Toledo, Ore. The single-engine private plane he was piloting crashed en route from his home in Newport, Ore., to his daughter’s home in Seattle, family friend Anne Welch said.
Mr. Nebert’s 4-year-old granddaughter was killed in the crash, and his daughter was injured. According to news reports, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.
Mr. Nebert was born in Portland, Ore., and grew up in Bethesda, Md. He spent nearly 30 years working for the USGS. He moved to Oregon from Reston, Va., about three years ago. His memberships included the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston.
Frankie “Frank” Ray, 57, a Washington real estate agent for three decades, mostly with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, died June 7 at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The cause was cardiac arrest associated with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, said his husband, Dan Byrne.
Mr. Ray, a native of Tompkinsville, Ky., settled in the Washington area in 1983 and did volunteer work at Watkins Elementary School in the District. He was a member of Capitol Hill United Methodist Church. He moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2012.
Donald K. Pumroy, 89, professor emeritus of the University of Maryland education school’s psychology program, died June 1 at his home at Hyattsville, Md. The cause was a heart attack, said a son, Keith Pumroy.
Dr. Pumroy, a native of Ottumwa, Iowa, joined the U-Md. faculty in 1955. He later directed the psychology program, and he retired in 1991. With his wife, Shirley Spence Pumroy, who died before him, he wrote the book “Modern Childrearing: a Behavioral Approach” (1978). They shared a private practice in Hyattsville. He was a past president of the Maryland Psychological Association and the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association and a past chairman of the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
Milton O. Johnson, 85, who founded Johnson Hydro Seeding Corp. in 1967 and ran the Rockville, Md.-based company for nearly 30 years, died June 13 at his home in Ashburn, Va. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Linda Rice.
Mr. Johnson was born in Britton, S.D., and settled in the Washington area in 1955. He was involved in many business ventures before starting Johnson Hydro Seeding, which puts in lawns for new homes. The business remains in his family hands.
Walter F. Seaberg Jr., 76, a U.S. Secret Service agent from 1971 to 1985 who retired at the rank of captain, died June 17 at a daughter’s home in Nokesville, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Walter F. Seaberg III.
Mr. Seaberg, a resident of Falls Church, Va., was born in Staten Island. He was a D.C. police officer and White House Police sergeant before joining the Secret Service’s uniformed division. He was a National Rifle Association life member; his other memberships included the Masons.
John Jeffries Jr., 92, who did computer programming for government and private organizations and retired from the Social Security Administration in 1986, died May 24 at an assisted-living center in Reston, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter-in-law, Leslie Jeffries.
Mr. Jeffries, a resident of Sterling, Va., was born in Grafton, W.Va. Early in his career, he mathematician and computer specialist with the Army Map Service. He later worked for IBM on a NASA space program, his family said. Mr. Jeffries also worked in real estate investment.
Margaret Gannon, 93, who spent 25 years as a sales representative for the old Woodward & Lothrop department stores in Washington and Hyattsville before retiring in the 1980s, died June 7 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was a heart attack and complications from a stroke, said a daughter, Mary Ann Guaragna.
Mrs. Gannon, a resident of Berwyn Heights, Md., was born Margaret Egan in County Roscommon in Ireland, and she spent her teenage years in New York with her sisters after being orphaned. She settled in the Washington area in 1961. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in College Park, Md., and the Berwyn Heights senior center.
Norma Horton, 81, who did administrative work for about 20 years for federal agencies and retired from the State Department in the late 1980s, died June 16 at a rehabilitation center in Sykesville, Md. The cause was uterine cancer, said a daughter-in-law, Lakeisha Horton.
Mrs. Horton was born Norma Rothwell in Washington, where she lived. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Eugene J. Davidson, 99, who served from 1957 to 1970 as assistant general counsel and chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration and then spent 15 years as a professor at the University of Baltimore’s law school, died June 9 at a hospice in Arlington, Va. The cause was respiratory failure, said a son, Seth Davidson.
Mr. Davidson, a resident of Falls Church, Va., was born in New York. He was a lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board from 1941 to 1953, followed by four years as a lawyer for the Army Department. He was a past president of what is now Congregation Etz Hayim in Arlington and its men’s club. He was a past officer of the Federal Bar Association and deputy editor of its journal.
John H. “Jack” Sullivan Jr., 88, who ran the Montgomery County-based architecture firm of Sullivan & Associates for nearly 40 years and designed office buildings, banks, churches, schools, aquatic centers and homes, died June 17 at a retirement community in Rockville, Md. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Lora Sullivan.
Mr. Sullivan, a native Washingtonian and former Potomac resident, started his business in 1957 and often worked with Clark Construction. He was a central figure in the documentary “A Pair of Jacks,” produced by Peerless Rockville, a historic preservation group. In addition, Mr. Sullivan was a professional photographer, specializing in portraits and architectural photography. His memberships included Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.
— from staff reports