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

Jean R. Bower, lawyer

Jean R. Bower, 79, a lawyer who from 1978 until 1994 was director of the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect Office of the D.C. Superior Court, died June 30 at her home in Washington. The cause was complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, said her daughter, Julie Just.

Mrs. Bower was born Jean Ramsay in Queens. She began practicing law in Washington in 1970 and did much of her work for the Volunteer Attorneys Office, where she helped abused children obtain free legal representation. She continued her legal work until about 2000. She was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine in 1978 and Woman Lawyer of the Year by the D.C. Women’s Bar Association in 1986.

William E. Hemple,educator, probation office staffer

William E. Hemple, 85, an educator and probation officer who served from 1977 to 1985 as director of management information and research at the probation office of the U.S. District Court in Washington, died June 21 at a health-care center in Bayside, Wis. The cause was sepsis, said a daughter, Katherine Prown.

Dr. Hemple, a native Washingtonian, moved to Wisconsin from Silver Spring, Md., two months before his death. He was a former adjunct professor at American University and director of its Institute of Correctional Administration. From 1988 to 1990, he taught sociology and criminal justice to U.S. military personnel in Okinawa, Japan, and the Marshall Islands.

— From staff reports