Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Anthony W. White, 79, a retired Navy commander and avocational ornithologist, died May 31 at a medical facility in Boulder, Colo. The cause was pneumonia, said a son, Nelson White.
Cmdr. White was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. He retired in 1981 after 22 years in the Navy, primarily as an intelligence officer. He was fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Russian. In retirement, he lived in Bethesda, Md., and became a birder, writing books on ornithology and serving as president of the Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States and the Maryland Ornithological Society.
He moved to Colorado in 2008.
Lydia S. Burroughs, 92, a National Institutes of Health information specialist for 25 years, died July 16 at a health-care center in Burlington, N.C. The cause was a stroke, said a son, Donald Hannon.
Mrs. Burroughs was born Lydia Stauffer in Reynoldsville, Pa., and came to the Washington area in 1938. At NIH, she worked for divisions including the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Dental Research. A former resident of Bethesda, Md., she moved to Burlington in 2005.
Edwin “Ed” Copenhaver, 73, co-owner and operator of Frager’s Hardware, a community institution on Capitol Hill since 1922, died June 27 at a hospital in Fairfax County, Va. The cause was complications from prostate cancer and pneumonia, said his partner of 40 years, Sharon McIlrath.
Mr. Copenhaver, a resident of Alexandria, Va., and Washington, was born in Charlottesville. In 1975, with John Weintraub, a college friend from the University of Virginia, he purchased Frager’s from the family of the man who first opened the store, Fritz Frager.
He retired in 2012 but continued to work at the store in retirement and helped it reopen at a new Capitol Hill location after the business was destroyed by a fire in 2013. In 2002, Mr. Copenhaver and Weintraub received a community service award from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.
Kenneth E. McCulloh, 93, who from 1955 until his retirement in 1986 was a research chemist at what was then the National Bureau of Standards, died June 13 at a hospital in Rockville, Md. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said a daughter, Virginia McCulloh.
Dr.McCulloh was born on a farm near Morrison, Ill. He served in the Army during World War II and was twice awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered during the Battle of the Bulge and the assault on the Remagen bridgehead in Germany.
He taught chemistry at the University of Iowa before moving to Bethesda, Md., to join the NBS as a mass spectrometrist. Dr. McCulloh volunteered with such groups as the Montgomery County Swim League and Bethesda United Methodist Church. He moved to Gaithersburg, Md., in 2008.
Philip E. Bennet, 86, a lawyer with the Internal Revenue Service who upon his retirement in 1997 made abstract, brightly colored paintings and prints, died July 3 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was a heart attack, said a son, Michael Bennet.
Mr. Bennet, a resident of Bethesda, Md., was born in New York City. He joined the IRS in 1957 and held positions including technical adviser to the assistant commissioner and technical adviser to the associate chief counsel. Critic Mark Jenkins, writing in The Washington Post in 2014, praised Mr. Bennet’s artwork for displaying the sort of “vivid colors, layered patterns and sheer energy” found in 1950s abstract expressionism.
Peyton R. Neal Jr., 76, a lawyer who worked on information policy issues and ran his own consulting firm from 1982 until his retirement in 2006, died July 1 at a hospital in Wilmington, N.C. The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Deanne Neuman.
Mr. Neal was born in Greensboro, N.C. After an early legal job with the Library of Congress, he joined American University in 1968 as a law professor and associate director of the law library, and four years later he joined Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., as law library director and law professor.
In 1979, Mr. Neal directed Project VALID, an early effort to digitize legal information in Virginia. That same year, he also joined the Washington-based Bureau of National Affairs, a legal and business news company, where he oversaw BNA’s library and other editorial support services. Upon retiring from PRN Associates, a consulting firm that focused on government relations, Mr. Lee moved to Holden Beach, N.C., from Washington.
— From staff reports