Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Carolyn A. Farmer, 64, a social work therapist who worked with AIDS patients, emotionally disturbed children and wounded soldiers in Washington throughout her career, died Feb. 26 at her home in Washington. She had pulmonary hypertension, said her husband, Charles Boone.
Ms. Farmer was born in Brooklyn. Early in her career, she was an intake worker at the Salvation Army in Washington. From the mid-1980s to mid-1990s, she had a private clinical social work therapist practice in the District and volunteered with AIDS patients as a clinical therapist at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington. She was an outpatient group worker at Washington Hospital Center in the early 2000s and later counseled children and families at Children’s National Medical Center and wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center until her retirement in 2010. She volunteered at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Washington, where she was a member.
W. Jerrold “Jerry” Scoutt Jr., 93, a founding partner of the Washington aviation law firm Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger, where he worked from 1964 to 1992, died Feb. 27 at his home in Bethesda, Md. He had dementia, said his wife, Nancy Scoutt.
Mr. Scoutt was born Will Jerrold Scoutt Jr. in Hastings, Neb. Early in his career, he was a partner at several private practices in Washington. He was board chairman and legal counsel for World Airways for 15 years until retiring in 1993, and served as the interim president and chief executive of the charter carrier company in 1984. He served on the board of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and was a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Washington. Upon his retirement, Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger established a grant prize in his honor for lawyers who provide legal services to disadvantaged D.C. residents.
Douglas Rankin, 83, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey for 53 years, died Feb. 25 at a Washington hospital. The cause was pneumonia and respiratory failure, said a daughter, Katharine Rankin.
Dr. Rankin, a Washington resident, was born in Wilmington, Del. He retired formally from the USGS in 1995 but continued to work as a scientist emeritus for 19 years. From a base in Washington, he did field work on the bedrock of the Appalachian Mountains, including a 23-year-long project investigating the geology of the Upper Connecticut River Valley in New Hampshire and Vermont. He was part of a NASA team that analyzed samples of rocks brought back by astronauts from the moon. He was a fellow of the Geological Society of America and Mineralogical Society of America, and his memberships included the Cosmos Club.
Frank L. Hopkins, 88, an electrical engineer who retired from General Electric in 1992 after more than four decades with the company, died Feb. 20 at his home in Gaithersburg, Md. The cause was complications from chronic lung disease, said a daughter, Barbara de Jong.
Mr. Hopkins was born in Findlay, Ohio. He worked for GE in Syracuse and Schenectady, N.Y., and Lynchburg, Va., before moving to the Washington area in 1967. His professional specialties included computer communications for Apollo missions, microwave radio technology, national defense launch vehicles, and error corrections for modems.
C. Loring Jetton Jr., 72, a partner for 32 years at what is now WilmerHale, a Washington-based law firm, died March 13 at a hospital in Washington. He had complications from multiple system atrophy, a neurological disorder, said his wife, Marion Jetton.
Mr. Jetton was born in Pittsburgh and raised in the District. Early in his career, he served in Army military intelligence and was a clerk for Wilfred Feinberg, who later became chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. He joined what was then Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in 1970 and spent the majority of his time in the firm’s antitrust practice until retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds in Sperryville, Va., and the American Bar Association’s antitrust section.
Benjamin A. Wilcox, 80, a scientist who specialized in defense-related projects for the National Science Foundation and the Defense Department, died March 11 at a hospice in Arlington. The cause was prostate cancer, said his wife, Jackie Wilcox.
Dr. Wilcox, a resident of McLean, Va., was born in Anaconda, Mont. He came to Washington in 1974 as a program director in the division of materials research for the National Science Foundation. In 1983 he joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a unit of Defense. His research specialties included armor/anti-armor materials, laser-hardened materials, high-temperature superconductivity for electronic device applications and ultra-lightweight metals production. He retired in 2000 but continued technical consulting in retirement, primarily for the Defense Department.
Norman J. Mayer, 98, an aeronautical engineer and NASA program manager from 1961 to 1984, died March 3 at his home in Alexandria, Va. The cause was cerebral arteriosclerosis, said his wife, Margaret Mayer.
Mr. Mayer was born in Queens and moved to the Washington area in 1950 to work as a program manager with the Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington. A former Navy blimp pilot, he worked in NASA’s advanced materials and structures applications division and specialized in airship design and construction. He continued to do aeronautical consulting until 2010. He was an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a past president of the Naval Airship Association and a member of the Lighter Than Air Society, a nonprofit group.
Barbara A. Shartzer, 75, a secretary for several deans at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., from 1977 to 2000, died March 3 at her home in Germantown, Md. The cause was a heart attack, said a daughter-in-law, Wendy Shartzer.
Mrs. Shartzer was born Barbara Merchant in High Point, N.C., and moved to the Washington area in 1974.
Christopher B. Wright, 57, a broadcast journalist with ABC News and later Fox News who since 2003 had been a stay-at-home dad to his two sons, died Feb. 27 at his home in Washington. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Lisa Wright.
Mr. Wright, a native Washingtonian, worked for ABC from 1980 to 1995 as a researcher, production assistant and reportorial producer; he reported on the State Department and Vice President Dan Quayle. He joined Fox News in 1998 and was reporting from the Pentagon when it was struck by a jet hijacked by al-Qaeda on Sept. 11, 2001.
Joseph U. Hinshaw, 91, who retired from the Inter-American Development Bank in 1989 as associate deputy advisory for external relations, a job involving media relations and writing and editing the bank’s annual report, died March 13 at a retirement community in Springfield, Va. The cause was complications from a stroke, said a daughter, Sandra Darville.
Mr. Hinshaw was born to Quaker missionaries in Sorata, Bolivia. In the 1950s, he worked in Washington for the old International News Service. He joined the IADB in 1960 as a press officer. He was a past board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s Northern Virginia chapter and a past board president of the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute’s advisory council. In the 1990s, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed him to the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.
Clanesha L. Bryant, 16, an 11th-grade student at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, Md., died March 11 at a children’s hospital in Washington. She had cancer, said her mother, Andrea Bryant.
Miss Bryant was born in Clinton, Md., grew up in Laurel, Md., and moved to Hyattsville, Md., in 2012. She enjoyed watching horror films and shopping at Arundel Mills mall. She, her family and her best friend took a five-day trip to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Sharon L. Mayhew, 63, senior labor and employee relations specialist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, died March 4 at her home in Bethesda, Md. The cause was Phyllodes sarcoma, a form of cancer, said a niece, Rachel Goldbert.
Mrs. Mayhew was born Sharon Procuniar in Washington. From 1979 to 1983, she was a program manager at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She had a private law practice in Bethesda from 2003 to 2006. She worked at the Office of Personnel Management’s Center for Workforce Relations and Accountability Policy from 2006 to 2008 and the Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration before joining the NRC in 2010. She co-chaired the D.C. Bar’s District of Columbia Affairs Section and the judicial endorsements committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Guy C. Jarratt III, 81, a retired Navy captain whose sea duty included service aboard destroyers, died March 17 at his home in Rockville, Md. The cause was complications related to Lewy body dementia, said a daughter, Melanie Jarratt Wolfe.
Capt. Jarratt was born in Vicksburg, Miss., and had lived in the Washington area for 45 years. He served for 30 years in the Navy before retiring in 1986, and his postings included duty at the Pentagon and assignments related to anti-submarine warfare. He sold residential real estate in Northern Virginia after leaving the Navy. He was a volunteer mentor to Christian military officers in developing countries around the world.
Lawrence P. Herbster, 71, a former Washington Post business executive who retired in 2004 as general manager of WBRE-TV, an NBC affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died March 16 at his home in Annapolis, Md. He had cancer, said his wife, Anne Herbster.
Mr. Herbster, a native of Scranton, Pa., worked for Life and Time magazines in New York before becoming an assistant to the executive vice president of The Washington Post Co.’s old broadcast division from 1973 to 1978. He later was a vice president of WUSA-TV in Washington, among other jobs in television. He was treasurer of the Annapolis Yacht Club and co-founded the Annapolis Dragon Boat Club’s foundation.
Mary L. Bentz, 70, who spent 25 years as a secretary for the Rockville, Md.-based JDG Associates, a professional recruitment company, died March 10 at a hospice in Rockville. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said her husband, Richard M. Bentz.
Mrs. Bentz, a Bethesda, Md., resident, was born Mary Parziale in DuBois, Pa., and had lived in the Washington area since 1976. About seven years ago she retired from JDG Associates. She sang in quartets and in the Paul Hill Chorale, with whom she toured Europe and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
Sarah McCullom, 64, a retired Navy captain who since 2004 had owned and operated the antiques appraisal company Hidden Treasures in Alexandria, Va., died March 14 at her home in Alexandria. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Dawn Knasas.
Capt. McCullom was born Sarah Skipper in Durham, N.C., and settled in the Washington area 24 years ago. She served for 30 years in the Navy, and her final active-duty assignment before retiring in 2002 was as director of women’s policy. Her decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
James W. Mercer, 67, a hydrogeologist who became an executive vice president at the engineering consulting firm Tetra Tech, died March 11 at an assisted-living center in Reston, Va. The cause was gallbladder cancer, said a stepson, Robert Gac.
Dr. Mercer, a resident of Great Falls, Va., was born in Panama City, Fla. He conducted groundwater research for the U.S. Geological Survey before co-founding GeoTrans, an environmental consulting firm, in 1979. The firm worked on Environmental Protection Agency projects cleaning up Superfund sites such as Love Canal, and later was purchased by Tetra Tech. He published more than 100 articles and booklets and received top awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Hydrology. He also wrote novels.
Meriam L. Rosen, 87, a choreographer, dancer and dance professor at the University of Maryland, died March 12 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Rachel Rosen.
Mrs. Rosen was born Meriam Levine in Chattanooga, Tenn. In 1954 she began teaching modern dance at U-Md. From 1955 to 1961, the was a dance teacher and chief of physical education at what then was Mount Vernon Junior College in Washington. She then returned to U-Md., where she retired in 2009. In 1978, she founded Improvisations Unlimited, a university-based company that performed and conducted dance workshops in the community. She also was a founder of a dance quartet.
— From staff reports