Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that Mr. Mattison’s given name was Graham. It was Gorman. The article has been corrected.
Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Grover “Bud” Manderfield, 84, a Washington-area banker who began his career in 1958 as a loan officer of the bank of Occoquan in Virginia and retired in 1987 as president of Sovran Bank, died Feb. 17 at a hospital in Alexandria, Va. The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Iris “Sam” Manderfield.
Mr. Manderfield, an Alexandria resident, was born in Massillon, Ohio, and grew up in Woodbridge, Va. He was president of Suburban Bancorp when it merged in 1985 with Sovran Financial Corp., and Mr. Manderfield became president of its subsidiary Sovran Bank. After several later mergers, Sovran became part of Bank of America.
On retiring from banking, Mr. Manderfield and a partner formed an asset management company. He was a consultant to the Federal Reserve Board and a president of the Maryland Bankers Association.
Richard Thorington Jr., 79, curator emeritus in the National Museum of Natural History’s mammals division, died Feb. 24 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was complications from a bacterial blood infection, said his wife, Caroline Thorington.
Dr. Thorington, a Bethesda resident, was born in Philadelphia. He joined the Smithsonian Institution staff as curator of mammals in 1969 and took emeritus status in 2015. He was author of two books about squirrels and more than 50 scientific papers.
In the 1970s he was diagnosed as having Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a peripheral neuropathy disorder that by the 1990s had made him largely dependent on a wheelchair and an electric three-wheel scooter. He continued to work full time and described being a quadriplegic as “a nuisance,” his wife said.
T. Robert Romero, 92, a Montgomery County lawyer and longtime auditor for Montgomery County Circuit Court, died Feb. 24 at an assisted-living center in Las Vegas. The cause was coronary artery disease, said a daughter, Elizabeth Lee Dance.
Mr. Romero was born in Washington. In 1949, he opened a law practice in Silver Spring, Md., and later moved his office to Rockville, Md., where he maintained a general law practice until retiring in 2016. He also served as court auditor in Montgomery County from 1962 until retiring. He moved to Las Vegas in 2016 from Silver Spring, Md.
G. Lindsay Mattison, 77, the founder of nonprofit organizations dedicated to examining alternatives to a variety of U.S. defense, nuclear and foreign relations policies, died Feb. 25 at a care facility in Fort Washington, Md. The cause was complications from pneumonia, said a daughter, Jeanne Mattison.
Gorman Lindsay Mattison, a resident of Fort Washington, Md., was born in Worcester, Mass. In the late 1960s, he helped compile and edit “The Politics of Escalation in Vietnam,” a paper that argued the invalidity of premises underlying the escalation of the Vietnam War.
Later, he founded the Center for Defense Information and the International Center for Development Policy, nonprofit organizations backed by foundation grants and other fundraising efforts. Under these auspices, Mr. Mattison warned of the perils of nuclear waste and nuclear power and investigated consequences of U.S. policies in places such as El Salvador and Nicaragua. He retired about five years ago.
Ann Smith-Marshall, 89, a dance and exercise instructor who for almost 60 years taught classes in community centers, schools, nursing homes and private facilities, died Feb. 21 at a care center in Annandale, Va. The cause was a stroke, said a son, Eric Smith.
Mrs. Smith-Marshall was born Anne Wheeler in Western Springs, Ill., and moved to the Washington area 45 years ago, settling in Alexandria, Va. She wrote five books on exercise and stretching, and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. She also produced a series of exercise videos. She was a consultant to the International Association of Physical Activity, Aging and Sports. She also did sculpting and quilting, and for a period ran a frame, art and antique store.
Janet Brown, 93, who retired from the Pentagon in 1972 as adviser for Latin American affairs in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, died Feb. 24 at a hospital in Arlington, Va. The cause was heart ailments, said a son, Bradford Brown.
Mrs. Brown, an Arlington resident, was born Janet Waldo in Toll Gate, W.Va. She settled in the Washington area after Navy service during World War II and began working at the Pentagon. She was an analyst for Army intelligence before joining the Chief of Naval Operations.
Charles Ruttenberg, 94, a Washington lawyer and partner in the firm of Arent Fox who retired in 2008, died Feb. 27 at his home in Washington. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Alexandra Ruttenberg.
Mr. Ruttenberg, a native of Reading, Pa., began his legal career in Washington as an associate with Covington & Burling. Later he was deputy general counsel to the National Science Foundation and general counsel to the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities. In 1969, he joined Arent Fox, where his specialties included entertainment, intellectual property and antitrust law. He was a former president of the Cosmos Club.
Vasilia “Valia” Vassila, 63, a piano and chorus teacher at Montgomery County, Md., schools in the 1980s and 1990s, including Mill Creek Towne and Beverly Farms elementary schools and Thomas Pyle Middle School, died Feb. 6 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was metastasized lymphoma, said a daughter, Liana Vassila.
Mrs. Vassila was born Vasilia Apostolou in Athens, and moved to the Washington area in the mid-1970s, eventually settling in Potomac, Md. Early in her career, she performed at the Athens Conservatoire and toured Europe with a Greek national choir. Her memberships included the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, a charitable organization. In the 1980s to the early 1990s, she led the choir at Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Bethesda.
William Brown, 81, an obstetrician-gynecologist who taught at Howard University medical school and served in staff positions at Howard hospital, died March 2 at a hospital in Baltimore. The cause was complications from pneumonia, said his wife, Hattie Brown.
Dr. Brown, a Washington resident since 1960, was born in New York City. He served on the medical staff at Howard for 30 years before retiring in 2004 after holding positions that included director of medical services and assistant professor in the obstetrics and gynecology department. He was a past president of the Medico-Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia and a past executive secretary of the National Medical Association.
Mary-Louise Walker, 93, who taught French and Spanish at Glasgow Middle School in Lincolnia, Va., among other schools in Northern Virginia from the 1960s to the 1980s, died Feb. 26 at a retirement home in Winchester, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Linda Walker-Hill.
Ms. Walker, a Fairfax County resident from 1953 to 2011, was born Mary-Louise Hershberger in Johnstown, Pa. Her memberships included the Daughters of the American Revolution and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was a former volunteer usher for the Wolf Trap performing arts center in Vienna, Va.
Mary Love, 69, who taught English at Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls Church, Va., from the mid-1990s to 2009, died March 8 at a medical center in Loveland, Colo. The cause was cardiac arrest, said a son, Ralph Love.
Mrs. Love was born Mary Blaisdell in Milwaukee and settled in Fairfax County, Va., in 1984. She moved to Fort Collins, Colo., in 2015. Her memberships included the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society and the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
— From staff reports