Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Evelyn Wilcox, environmentalist

Evelyn Wilcox, 86, who ran an environmental consulting firm from 1977 to 1990, died Dec. 4 at her home, a seniors residential center in Bethesda, Md. The cause was complications from a stroke, said a daughter, Meg Wilcox.

Mrs. Wilcox was born Evelyn Schaeffer in Philadelphia and had lived in the Washington area for 62 years. As principal officer of Wilcox Associates, she specialized in environmental impact assessments, research, and analysis for government agencies. From 1990 to 1996, she was a senior program officer for the World Wildlife Fund. Her husband Thomas, died on Jan. 12.

Thomas Wilcox, lawyer

Thomas Wilcox, 86, a lawyer for what then was the National Association of Stevedores who retired as general counsel and chief executive in 1997, died Jan. 12 at a seniors residential center in Bethesda, Md. The cause was a stroke, said a daughter, Meg Wilcox.

Mr. Wilcox was born in Boston and had lived in the Washington area since 1955. He was a lawyer with the Federal Maritime Commission and for several stevedoring associations before 1973 when he joined the newly reconstituted National Association of Stevedores, which later became the National Association of Waterfront Employers. His wife of 65 years, Evelyn, died on Dec. 4.

John Biddiscombe, CIA officer

John Biddiscombe, 91, a retired CIA officer with 25 years of service, died Dec. 13 at his home in Boca Raton, Fla. The cause was heart ailments, said a son, David Biddiscombe. Mr. Biddiscombe was born in the Bronx. At the CIA, he served in the directorate of science and technology. A former resident of Vienna, Va., he moved to Florida in 1988.

— From staff reports