Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Bethel Stannard, 71, a research scientist specializing in cancer at the National Institutes of Health, died Aug. 26 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was lung cancer, said a son-in-law, Scott Springirth.
A resident of Rockville, she was born Bethel Sebring in San Antonio. She spent 46 years at NIH and retired in 2010.
Lydia Little, 86, a religious teacher and counselor who in the 1970s organized and led an evangelical Bible study movement for teenagers called TAG (Take and Give), died Aug. 25 at an assisted-living center in Olney, Md. The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said a son-in-law, Jim Orban.
Mrs. Little was born Lydia Gerry in Oxnard, Calif., and was a high school physical education teacher and coach before moving to the Washington area in 1968. Her work as a founder and leader of TAG began as a Sunday school teacher for teens at Montrose Baptist Church in Rockville, Md. By the end of the decade, TAG weekly meetings were drawing as many as 1,500 teenagers for worship and teaching. Mrs. Little became the group’s director of counseling.
TAG ceased operations in 1979. Afterward, she was assistant pastor and counselor at Halpine Baptist Church in Rockville and a leader of Bible study groups at other locations. Mrs. Little, a former resident of Gaithersburg, Md., moved to assisted-living in Olney in 2014.
Angela Rooney, 96, a civic activist in the 1960s and 1970s who played a key role in the protests that blocked construction of the proposed North Central Freeway through Northwest Washington, died Aug. 20 at her home in the District. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Kate Miskovsky.
Mrs. Rooney was born Angela Bayer in Leighton, Pa., and had lived in the Washington area since 1955. With Sammie Abbott, a future mayor of Takoma Park, Md., she was a founder in 1962 of the Emergency Committee on the Transportation Crisis that waged a years-long protest against the North Central Freeway, arguing that it would destroy D.C. neighborhoods and, amounted to “white men’s roads through black men’s homes.” The freeway was canceled in 1977.
In the 1980s, Mrs. Rooney was a manager for the Kennedy Center’s Theater Chamber Players.
— From staff reports