Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Byungkyu Chun, 86, a physician and former chief of surgical pathology at Georgetown University Medical Center, died Feb. 1 at his home in McLean, Va. The cause was bladder cancer, said a daughter-in-law, Ellen Chun.
Dr. Chun was born in what is now North Korea and he grew up in Seoul. He came to the United States after the Korean War. In 1990, he retired from the staff of Georgetown University Medical Center after 35 years. In retirement, he helped develop a new medical school at Hallym University in South Korea. He was a founding member of Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington in McLean.
Warren J. Repole Jr., 55, a computer programmer and analyst who helped rewrite the software that produces the consumer price index, died Feb. 6 at his home in Vienna, Va. The cause was brain cancer, said his wife, Susan Repole.
Mr. Repole was born in Peekskill, N.Y., and settled in Virginia in 1987. He worked as a software programmer at organizations that included the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and he taught programming in the late 1990s at the SAS Institute, a software development company in Rockville, Md. He also volunteered as an election officer in Virginia and was active in the Greater Tysons Green Civic Association.
George I. Mishtowt, 97, a physician who worked for the State Department from the 1950s to the 1970s, including five years as director of the medical department, died Jan. 26 at a hospital in Landrum, S.C. The cause was acute respiratory failure, said a son, Alex Mishtowt.
Dr. Mishtowt was born in Bethesda, Md. While serving in the Army during World War II, he flew a glider into the Netherlands under heavy fire and treated injuries during the Battle of the Bulge, his son said. He spent years in private medical practice in addition to his State Department work. He moved to South Carolina from Washington this year.
Martha F. Galbraith, 99, an ambassador’s wife and hostess who founded the Indonesian-American Women’s Club in Jakarta, Indonesia, died Jan. 26 at an assisted-living facility in Washington. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Susan Galbraith.
Mrs. Galbraith was born Martha Townsley Fisher in Chalmers, Ind. She worked for the State Department in Hamburg, Germany, from 1945 to 1948 before marrying Francis J. Galbraith, a career diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to Singapore from 1966 to 1969 and then to Indonesia until 1974. She volunteered for Marion Barry Jr.’s first successful D.C. mayoral campaign in the late 1970s.
Carole S. Stone, 72, a pediatric nurse practitioner who helped create a pediatric intensive care unit at Georgetown University Medical Center, died Jan. 30 at a hospital in Venice, Fla. The cause was scleroderma, an autoimmune disease, said a daughter, Jennifer Stone.
Mrs. Stone, a resident of both Venice and Bethesda, Md., was born Carole Sullivan in Somerville, Mass. She was on the staff at Georgetown from 1964 to 1983, then worked for two years as a nurse consultant to the federal Department of Health and Human Services. She retired in 2006 after serving as director of the nurse practitioner program at Catholic University and in managerial capacities at the old Washington Free Clinic.
Frank L. Hurley, 70, the chairman and chief scientific officer of companies that assisted in the development and evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, died Jan. 29 at a hospital in Baltimore. The cause was complications following heart surgery, said his wife, Catharine Dorrier.
Dr. Hurley, a Washington resident, was born in Lowell, Mass., and settled in the Washington area in 1963. At his death, he was chairman and chief scientific officer of Rockville, Md.-based RRD International, a company he co-founded in 2002. Earlier, he had been an officer and founder of BRI International and Quintiles Transnational.
Susana Felizardo, 71, a Tagalog language and cultural instructor at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute for 40 years, died Feb. 1 at her home in Forest Heights, Md. The cause was lung cancer, said a family representative, Aurora Felizardo.
She was born Susana Bonifacio in Bulacan, a province of the Philippines near Manila, and came to the United States in 1969. She retired in 2014 after 40 years at the Foreign Service Institute.
Robert M. Grossman, 86, a program manager who retired from the Naval Sea Systems Command in 1990, died Feb. 1 at a hospital in Falls Church, Va. The cause was respiratory arrest leading to a heart attack, said a daughter, Sarahbeth Grossman.
Mr. Grossman was born in New York City and grew up in Boston. He joined the Navy Department in 1961 and received the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1990. He was a charter member and former president of Congregation Olam Tikvah, a Conservative synagogue in Fairfax County, Va., and volunteered at the Jefferson District Golf Course in Falls Church. He was a longtime resident of Vienna, Va., and moved to Springfield, Va., last year.
Joseph L. Gordon, 80, a former Bethesda Shell gas station owner who later worked as a limousine dispatcher and manager, died Feb. 1 at a nursing home in Bethesda, Md. The cause was complications from pulmonary fibrosis, said a son, Brendan Gordon.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Gordon was chief of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad before establishing the Shell station on Wisconsin Avenue in the early 1960s. From the late 2000s to 2013, he worked at Awards Limousine Service. He moved to Urbana, Md., from Bethesda in the late 2000s.
Alexander “Sparky” Kisse, 97, who owned and managed Independent Cleaning Co., a now-defunct window cleaning business in New Carrollton, Md., from 1957 until the mid-1970s, died Feb. 12 at a hospital in Cheverly, Md. The cause was pneumonia, said a daughter, Leonette Kisse.
Mr. Kisse, a New Carrollton resident, was born in Carnegie, Pa. During World War II, he was an Army infantryman and participated in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest and Battle of the Bulge. His decorations included two Bronze Star Medals and the Purple Heart. He participated in World War II reenactments and played Santa Claus at community gatherings.
Diane Stalder, 72, who retired in 2008 from the National Cancer Institute’s office of acquisitions as a contract specialist, died Jan. 25 at her home in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Andrew E. Stalder.
Mrs. Stalder was born Diane Hunt in Washington. She spent more than 30 years working for the federal government, mostly for the cancer institute. She did volunteer work for the Montgomery County Humane Society, which had named her foster mother of the year, and for other animal welfare groups. She enjoyed painting in oils and watercolors.
Frank B. Pesci Sr., 86, a Democrat who represented Prince George’s County in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1971 to 1986 and who then spent a few years as a lobbyist for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, died Jan. 17 at a hospital in Annapolis, Md. The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, said a daughter, Marianna Judy.
Dr. Pesci was born in Somerville, N.J., and grew up in nearby Raritan. In the state house, he chaired subcommittees on health, education, government operations and the environment. He did not seek reelection in 1986.
He had a doctorate in education administration and held adjunct and associate professorships at American University and other colleges in the area for decades. He also had been dean of student affairs at Prince George’s Community College in the 1960s. He was a past chairman of the legislative advisory council of the Southern Regional Education Board.
He was the founder of the now-defunct Rose Organization, which in the early 1990s produced musical theater shows in the area. He was a resident of New Carrollton, Md., for much of his career but moved to Bowie, Md., a few years ago.
Charles E. “Mike” Jarvis, 96, a retired Army Reserve colonel who worked at the Defense Department and retired in 1980 from what is now the Department of Veterans Affairs, died Feb. 4 at a nursing home in Hyattsville, Md. The cause was a heart attack, said a daughter, Julia Myers.
Col. Jarvis, a native Washingtonian, served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II and remained in the Reserve until 1972; at one time, he commanded the Army Reserve Center in Riverdale, Md. At the Veterans Administration, he did speechwriting and worked for its cemetery system as an administrator. He was a longtime Hyattsville resident.
Angela Erale, 33, an Army major who grew up in Prince William County, died Feb. 14 at a skiing center near Santa Fe, N.M. The cause was trauma from a skiing accident, officials with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office told the El Paso Times.
Maj. Erale was born in Mobile, Ala., and grew up in Montclair, Va. After joining the Army in 2004, she was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Signal Corps. Her decorations included two Bronze Star Medals and three Army Commendation Medals. She lived in El Paso and was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, as a public affairs officer and production chief.
Rosemary Walsh, 67, an actress at Washington theaters in the 1980s who also taught drama and theater at several venues, died Feb. 19 at a hospital in Baltimore. The cause was septic shock, said a brother, Gerard Murphy.
Ms. Walsh, a Rockville, Md., resident, was born Rosemary Murphy in Washington. She taught drama at Duke Ellington High School for the Arts from 1979 to 1984, followed by four years as an assistant theater professor at American University. She was a faculty member at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute from 1984 to 1992.
Ian L. Wolk, 74, a former chief rabbi of Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, Md., who had a second career as a psychotherapist and pastoral counselor, died Jan. 20 at a hospital in Olney, Md. The cause was complications from colon surgery and septic shock, said a son, Jonathan Wolk.
Rabbi Wolk was born in Pittsburgh, moved to the Washington area in 1971, and was chief rabbi at Temple Shalom, a reform congregation, until 1980. He managed the now-defunct counseling firm Partnership Consultants until 1982, and was a counselor at the old Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Centers of Greater Washington until 1996. He left in the early 2000s to co-found Pastoral Counseling and Care Ministries of Maryland in Silver Spring, Md., where he remained until his retirement in 2013. He moved to Silver Spring from Gaithersburg, Md., in 2004.
Edward Schmeltzer, 91, a maritime lawyer and founding partner of the old Washington law firm of Schmeltzer, Aptaker and Shepard, died Feb. 24 at his home in Los Angeles. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Hinson.
Mr. Schmeltzer was born in New York City. He spent his early legal career with the Federal Maritime Commission and a predecessor agency. He left the commission as managing director in the late 1960s and went into private legal practice, as a partner with Morgan, Lewis and Bockius before starting his own firm in 1976. He later was of counsel to the firm and served from 1999 to 2001 as general counsel to the Sea Star Line, a shipping company in Jacksonville, Fla. He moved to Los Angeles from Washington in September.
L. George Robertson, 95, an intelligence analyst at the National Security Council from 1960 to 1983, died Jan. 31 at a nursing home in Washington. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said a son, Mark Robertson.
Mr. Robertson was born to Jamaican parents in Panama City and moved to the District in 1939. Early on, he worked as a security guard with the State Department, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the National Security Council, and moonlighted as a taxi cab driver at night. After his retirement from the NSC, he handled front desk duties at the National Cathedral Girls School in Washington until 2000. He was member of the parish council and an usher at the Catholic Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
Marc D. Doctors, 68, partner and co-founder of the Washington Center for Dentistry, a general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Washington, from 1993 until his retirement in 2013, died Feb. 26 at his home in Washington. The cause was multiple myeloma, said a daughter, Anna Doctors.
Dr. Doctors was born in New York City. Early in his career, he worked in private practice in Bethesda, Md., and the District. He co-founded and managed a dental managed care insurance company, Randmark Dental Plans, from 1980 to 1993, when the company was sold to what is now HumanaDental Insurance Co. He taught courses at Georgetown University Dental School and consulted on dental matters for the Peace Corps and insurance companies. He was a member of the Hockey North America league and competed in international amateur hockey championships.
Ben G. Julian, 94, a Naval Research Laboratory weather research technician from 1946 to 1986, died Feb. 18 at a hospital in Fort Washington, Md. The cause was atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, said a daughter, Vicky Larimore.
Mr. Julian, a resident of Accokeek, Md., was born in White Horn, Tenn. He was an Eagle Scout and a past president of the Accokeek Elementary School parent-teacher association.
Murray M. West, 91, who founded and operated the Barbara West chain of women’s clothing boutiques in the 1970s and 1980s, died Feb. 25 at his home in Bethesda. The cause was complications from heart disease, said a daughter-in-law, Claudia Townsend.
Mr. West, a native of New York City, was a Macy’s executive in New Jersey and Georgia before starting his clothing business in Washington. He had two stores in Georgetown and one on Capitol Hill, as well as stores in Boulder, Colo., and Denver. In retirement, he taught classes about memory for seniors at what is now the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University. He volunteered with the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging and at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
Phyllis Torda, 63, who had spent the past 20 years as an executive with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a nonprofit organization focused on health care, died Feb. 16 at her home in Washington. The cause was metastatic breast cancer, said a brother, Roger Torda.
Ms. Torda, a Los Angeles native, was a past director of health and social policy at Families USA, a group where she directed research and consumer advocacy on health and long-term care reform, Medicare, Medicaid and income security. At NCQA, she designed a patient-centered medical home program — a method to coordinate patient care — that was the model for many others nationally, her family said.
— From staff reports