Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Thelma Rhyne, 92, a church administrator at Presbyterian churches in Alexandria, Va., died Sept. 23 at a hospital in Alexandria. The cause was pneumonia and respiratory failure, said a daughter, Terri Butler.
Mrs. Rhyne, an Alexandria resident, was born Thelma Campbell in Pollock, Mo., and had lived in the Washington area since 1944, when she began a five-year administrative career at the FBI. She began working at Fairlington Presbyterian Church in 1972, then in 1987 became church administrator at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She retired in 2003.
She was a charter member of Fairlington Presbyterian and Faith Evangelical Presbyterian churches, where she was an elder, president of the women’s group and a Sunday school teacher.
Virginia Bays, 89, a vice president of finance at Jack Bays construction from 1961 until the company closed in 2013, died Oct. 4 at a hospital in Falls Church, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Lynn Fuechsel.
Mrs. Bays was born Virginia Powers of Monticello, Ky., and moved to McLean, Va., in 1961. Her memberships included St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and the Washington Golf & Country Club, both in Arlington, Va.
Richard Lee, 91, who served as the Commerce Department’s director of science and technology for East Asia and the Pacific before retiring in 1991, died Oct. 16 at his home in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was colon cancer, said a daughter, April Lee.
A native of China, Mr. Lee conceived and directed a management-skills training program for Chinese businessmen in the 1980s. This included an 18-week lecture program as part of a Chinese-U.S. protocol on cooperation and information in science and technology.
“We look at it as a long-term benefit,” Mr. Lee told the New York Times, noting the potential to improve trade between the two countries.
Mr. Lee, a native of Nanjing, moved to Tokyo in 1949 and worked for the U.S. Army and then in 1957 moved to the United States. In 1965, he began his federal career, working at the National Academy of Sciences, Food and Drug Administration, National Bureau of Standards, National Science Foundation, and, in 1979, the Commerce Department. He received the department’s highest award, the Gold Medal.
Mr. Lee was a self-taught pianist, a baritone soloist at Washington-area churches and choir director for 30 years of Washington’s Chinese Community Church.
Nicholas Naclerio, 85, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and Vietnam War veteran who later ran an office automation consulting firm, died Oct. 14 at his home in Alexandria. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Anne Naclerio.
Col. Naclerio was born in New York City. He served 24 years in the Army, and his final active-duty assignment before retiring in 1978 was in the criminal investigation and intelligence division. He then ran Naclerio and Associates for 20 years, specializing in consulting and training for offices adapting to automation equipment.
Arianne Lowell, 86, a former alto soloist at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church in Maryland and other churches in the Washington area, died Oct. 15 at a hospital in Kettering, Ohio. The cause was complications following colon surgery, said a son, Ernest Lowell.
Mrs. Lowell was born Arianne Hadley in Washington. In 1949, she was named Miss Washington Redskins and made community appearances dressed in Redskins regalia. She was a church soloist for 53 years, retiring about 10 years ago. For the last 24 years of her career, she was at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church. She also sang at embassies. A former Chevy Chase resident, she moved to Dayton, Ohio in 2015.
— From staff reports