Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Lewis Gulick, 93, who covered the State Department for the Associated Press from 1953 to 1973 and then served as senior staff consultant to the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 1973 to 1986, died May 20 at a senior residential center in Falls Church, Va. The cause was heart ailments, said a daughter, Spencer Baker.
Mr. Gulick, an Arlington resident, was born in Karuizawa, Japan, to American missionary parents. After leaving the Foreign Affairs Committee, he did consulting, then from 1988 to 1992 was Washington representative of the American Great Lakes Ports Association.
Wren Cooper, 90, a teacher at the private St. Albans School in Washington and a designer and creator of costumes for dramatic productions of Washington National Cathedral and St. Albans schools, died May 6 at a hospice center in Washington. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Kate Cooper.
Mrs. Cooper, a District resident, was born Wren Davie in San Francisco and had lived in the Washington area since 1961. She was a designer and creator of costumes at St. Albans and Washington National Cathedral from 1967 to 1989, for summer festivals and St. Albans Repertory Theatre productions. She also taught drama at St. Albans.
Carmel Cassidy, 82, a former officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency whose work included designing training seminars and workshops, preparation for Y2K contingencies, and participation by civil agencies in global war games, died April 19 at a rehabilitation facility in Alexandria, Va. The cause was adenocarcinoma, said a daughter, Martha Cassidy.
Mrs. Cassidy, a resident of Arlington, Va., was born Carmel Jones in New York City and had lived in the Washington area since 1950. She was a FEMA employee from 1981 to 2000, then became an independent consultant.
Jack Golodner, 85, former director of the AFL-CIO’s department for professional employees, died May 13 at a hospice center in Washington. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Dan Golodner.
Mr. Golodner, a District resident, was born in New York City and came to Washington in 1958. He joined the AFL-CIO staff in 1967 and retired in 2001 as chief of the department that represents white-collar employees, such as teachers, musicians and journalists. Earlier in his career, he managed his own law firm specializing in arbitrations. He was a past board member of the National Theatre in Washington.
Lloyd “Hal” Woodward, 72, a former project manager for the computer software company Inco who became owner of Redi Programs, a business that sold automated federal regulations to federal agencies, died May 19 at his home in Denver, N.C. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his wife, Sheila Woodward.
Mr. Woodward, a native Washingtonian, left Inco in the early 1980s to become a project manager at Redi Programs; he became owner and sold the business in the early 1990s. In the mid-2000s, he was involved in an effort to build a battery-operated car.
Doris Froman, 95, a former purchasing director at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, died May 25 at an assisted living center in Solomons, Md. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a niece, Lynn Kuhn.
Ms. Froman, a resident of Silver Spring, Md., was born in Washington. She worked for the union from 1942 to 1983. She was a past member of St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church in Washington.
Charles Brock Jr., 96, an investment adviser who worked for Johnston, Lemon & Co. from the early 1970s to 1990, among other firms, died May 6 at a health center in Gainesville, Va. The cause was dementia, said a son, Charles Brock III.
Mr. Brock, a resident of Broad Run, Va., was born in Harrisonburg, Va. In the mid-1950s, he began his career in sales working with U.S. Gypsum and Georgia-Pacific before turning to investment advising.
Suzanna Senda, 87, a craftswoman who made elaborate gingerbread houses and decorative baskets, died May 11 at a health-care center in Derwood, Md. The cause was breast cancer, said a daughter, Susan Senda.
Mrs. Senda, a resident of Germantown, Md., was born Suzanna Pitek in Denbo, Pa., and moved to the Washington area in 1963. Her gingerbread houses often resembled ski chalets or mansions with fine detail, and they had been displayed at foreign embassies. Her decorative baskets were made from recycled cardboard and were festooned with ribbons.
Stanley Hamilton, 83, who directed public affairs for the U.S. Transportation Department from 1986 to 2001, died May 26 at a hospital in Lawrence, Kan. The cause was multiple organ failure, said a son, Arthur Hamilton.
Mr. Hamilton was born in Grand Island, Neb., and came to the Washington area in 1957 for the old Traffic World magazine, where he worked as an associate editor until 1968. For the next 33 years, he worked in public affairs for various transportation organizations. In 2003, he published “Machine Gun Kelly’s Last Stand,” about the gangster. He was a past board member of the National Press Club. He moved to Lawrence from Alexandria, Va., in 2002.
Eli Flam, 83, a U.S. Information Agency officer who served in public affairs, cultural affairs and press assignments before retiring in 1988, died May 19 at a hospital in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. The cause was complications from colon cancer surgery, said his wife, Ludmila Obolensky-Flam.
Mr. Flam, a native of New York City, served in the USIA for 24 years, including assignments in Buenos Aires, Moscow and Madrid. His last assignment was deputy director of the worldwide program of book reading and the teaching of English. In retirement. he did freelance writing. He moved to New Smyrna Beach from Greenbelt, Md., in 2016.
Philip Dorman, 99, a public affairs officer of the U.S. Information Agency who served as chief of his agency’s missions in Zambia and Sudan in addition to assignments in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, died April 8 at his home in Washington. The cause was a heart attack, said a son, Tim Dorman.
Mr. Dorman, a native of Racine, Wis., joined the State Department in 1948, then moved to USIA after it was established in 1953. He returned to the State Department in 1971 and retired in 1976. In retirement, he served as a member of the Foreign Service Grievance Board.
D. Jeffrey Lenn, 76, an emeritus professor of strategic management and public policy at George Washington University, where he had served 34 years on the faculty, died May 4 at a hospital in Alexandria, Va. The cause was complications following heart surgery, said a daughter, Rebecca Lenn.
Dr. Lenn, an Alexandria resident, was born in Kansas City, Kan. He taught at schools in New England before joining the GWU faculty in 1982. He had served as associate vice president for academic operations from 2008 to 2011 at GWU and as senior associate dean of the business school from 1998 to 2004.
James Feldman, 92, an information officer with the U.S. Information Agency who retired in 1983 and became a part-time document reviewer at the State Department for more than a decade, died May 26 at his home in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was bile duct cancer, said a daughter, Regina Koch.
Mr. Feldman, a Chicago native, spent 21 years with USIA. He was a past head of the retirement advisory council at the Riderwood Village retirement community in Silver Spring, and his memberships included the American Foreign Service Association and the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired.
Marlene Leon, 74, who managed husband Barry Leon’s dental practice in Annandale, Va., from 1986 to 2002 and then worked as a part-time receptionist for OB/GYN John Doppelheuer in McLean, Va., until 2016, died May 23 at a hospital in Falls Church, Va. The cause was a hemorrhagic stroke, said a daughter, Mindy Leon.
Mrs. Leon, a resident of Annandale, was born Marlene Himmelfarb in Washington. She was a former volunteer at Wakefield Forest Elementary School in Fairfax County, Va., a former volunteer usher at Arena Stage in Washington and a former volunteer at the Friends of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, an organization supporting children involved in the court system.
Richard Skinner, 92, former managing editor and associate publisher of Air Force Magazine, the monthly publication of the Air Force Association, died May 6 at his home in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was vascular dementia, said a daughter, Anna Skinner.
Mr. Skinner, a native of Princeton, Ill., served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II and joined the staff of Air Force Magazine as a civilian in 1951. He retired in 1989 as managing editor and associate publisher. He also had been managing editor of Space Digest and executive editor of Aerospace International, a sister publication, and he had edited several anthologies.
Gustavo Jimenez, 87, who worked at the Hotel Washington for 42 years and rose to maître d’hôtel before retiring in the mid-1990s, died May 9 at a hospital in Cheverly, Md. The cause was a stroke, said a daughter, Susie Jimenez.
Mr. Jimenez, a resident of Hyattsville, Md., was born in Toluca, Mexico, before settling in the Washington area in the mid-1950s. He began as a waiter and later, as maître d’hôtel, presided over the hotel’s Independence Day celebrations for decades.
Robert Barton Jr., 83, who served as president at the old Interstate Federal Savings and Loan Association in Washington and later was an executive with the Business Bank in Vienna, Va., died May 27 at a hospice center in Aldie, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Scott Barton.
Mr. Barton, a Washington native, joined Interstate Federal in 1955 as a teller. He was an assistant vice president in 1963 when he and a colleague ran after a thief who had robbed the bank’s main office and detained him for the police. Perpetual Savings Bank acquired Interstate Federal in 1983, and Mr. Barton was a senior vice president around the time Perpetual collapsed in 1992 amid massive losses on real estate loans, The Washington Post reported.
He was a financial consultant during the 1990s. He then spent 14 years as a vice president and commercial loan officer at the Business Bank until retiring in 2014, when the bank merged with Cardinal Financial. He was a resident of Vienna and a former member of Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md.
Jerene Thomas, 96, who coordinated study abroad family placements as a volunteer American Field Service program manager from 1959 until the early 2010s, died May 11 at a family home in Ashburn, Va. The cause was cardiac arrest, said a daughter, Sherry Watkins.
Mrs. Thomas, a resident of Great Falls, Va., was born Jerene Snuffer in Amity, Mo. She settled in the Washington area in 1955 and was a past president of the Great Falls Woman’s Club.
Eric Bibby, 46, who formed and ran an information technology company, Amaryllis Technology, died May 20 at his home in Washington. A spokeswoman for the D.C. medical examiner’s office said determination of the cause is pending further tests.
Mr. Bibby was born in Moline, Ill., and had lived in Washington for 20 years. He ran another information technology company, Avatar International, before forming Amaryllis a decade ago.
Carl Rochelle, 79, a former broadcast journalist with CNN who became a narrator of political commercials and public service announcements through a self-titled company he started in 2007, died May 20 at a hospital in Arlington, Va. The cause was non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said a former wife, Christy Carter.
Mr. Rochelle, an Arlington resident, was born in Washington, N.C. He came to the Washington area in the mid-1960s and was a radio and television journalist for ABC, NBC and MSNBC at various times. He spent 20 years with CNN — covering wars in the Middle East, aviation and transportation issues, and national security, among other topics — before leaving in 2001 amid staff cutting.
— From staff reports