Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia

Edward Chen, lawyer

Edward Chen, 82, who had a general law practice in Washington in the 1980s and 1990s and served as deputy chief administrative officer in Prince George’s County from 1968 to 1981, died July 27 at a hospital in Bethesda. The cause was aspiration pneumonia, said a daughter, Bessie Chen.

Mr. Chen, a Rockville resident, was born in Suzhou, China. He was the founding D.C. chapter president of the Taiwan-based National Chengchi University alumni association. He was on the board of the Chinese-American Professionals Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., among other organizations, and was a past principal of Potomac Chinese School in Bethesda.

Robert L. Lipton, educator

Robert L. Lipton, 92, an educator in the New York public school system who moved to this area following his 1976 retirement, died July 5 at a Bethesda health-care center. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Judy Ackerman.

Mr. Lipton, a Bethesda resident, was born in New York City. In the late 1970s, he was an adjunct professor of physics at Montgomery College, Rockville. He had participated in voter registration drives and was a discussion leader with the Jewish Social Services Agency.

James H. De Cou, USIA officer

James H. De Cou, 85, a retired officer of the U.S. Information Agency, died July 31 at a hospital in Paris. The cause was a brain tumor, said a son, Michael De Cou.

Mr. De Cou was born in Atascadero, Calif. He joined the Foreign Service in 1954 and retired in 1979, serving in Afghanistan, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Honduras, Laos, Martinique, Vietnam, Canada, Upper Volta, Cameroon and, for 15 years, Washington. A former resident of Reston and Herndon, he moved to Le Vesinet, France, in 1987.

Sally Anne Behn, investment banker

Sally Anne Behn, 86, who retired in 2001 as president and chief operating officer of Ferris Baker Watts investment bankers in Washington, died Aug. 5 at a hospital in Arlington. The cause was complications from a stroke, said a son-in-law, Robert Dawson.

Mrs. Behn, a resident of McLean, Va., was born Sally Anne Underhill in Oswego, N.Y. She moved to the Washington area and began her career with Ferris Baker Watts in 1968. She was a past treasurer of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

John D. Reilly, businessman

John D. Reilly, 71, the president since 1971 of Reilly Investment, a financial advising firm based in Washington, died Aug. 12 at a hospital in the District. The cause was pneumonia, said a daughter, Katie Reilly.

Mr. Reilly, a Washington resident, was born in Pittsburgh. In addition to his own company, he worked in a variety of real estate investment, lending and mortgage businesses. He was a trustee of the Maret and Sheridan schools.

— From staff reports