Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Paul E. Kopycinski, 70, a retired Air Force colonel who was a protocol officer and a Vietnam War veteran, died March 25 at a hospital in Fairfax County. The cause was lung disease, said Andy Reynolds, the executor of his estate.
Col. Kopycinski was born in Buffalo and entered the Air Force in 1966. He retired in 1992 as chief of protocol at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. His decorations include two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and three Meritorious Service Medals. In retirement, he lived in McLean, Va., and was a volunteer driver for the elderly.
Jack M. Bryant, 80, who retired in 1994 as deputy executive director of the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, died March 30 at a hospital in Reston, Va. The cause was lung cancer, said a daughter, Sarah Bryant.
Mr. Bryant, a resident of Reston, Va., was born in Nokesville, Va. He spent much of his State Department career with the Bureau of African Affairs and became the deputy executive director in 1985. His departmental honors included a Superior Honor Award and the John Jacob Rogers Award. In retirement, he worked as an independent contractor for the State Department and consulted for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and later for the Bureau of Administration.
Donald H. Green, 85, a litigator and managing partner of the Philadelphia-based law firm Pepper, Hamilton and Sheetz’s Washington office, died April 4 at his home in Chevy Chase, Md. He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, said a son, Michael Green.
Mr. Green was born in Elizabeth, N.J. Early on, he worked for the Justice Department’s legal counsel and civil rights division and was a litigation specialist at the old Wald, Harkrader and Ross law firm in Washington. He moved to Pepper, Hamilton and Sheetz in 1987, became vice chairman of the firm’s executive committee in the late 1990s, and held of counsel status starting in 2002. He served on the Defense Department’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Services and the International Association of Women Judges’ board of managerial trustees. He was a former colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Ivo M. “Ike” Amaral, 85, who managed Amaral Contracting, an independent mechanical contracting firm in Rockville, Md., from 1973 to 1992, died April 15 at a hospital in Greensboro, N.C. The cause was a stroke and sepsis, said a daughter, Deborah Amaral.
Mr. Amaral was born in Rio de Janeiro. He moved to the Washington area during World War II and became a U.S. citizen in 1961. Early on, he was employed by the now-defunct Missile Sites Inc., where he worked on Nike missile sites in Maryland and West Virginia. He was past president of the National Association of Minority Contractors. He lived in Rockville, Md., and Germantown, Md., before settling in Burlington, N.C., in 2007.
Leonard S. Selman, 78, a patent lawyer who worked as a patent examiner and then in classifications for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 1984 to 2001, died April 18 at his winter home in West Palm Beach, Fla. The cause was a heart attack, said a daughter, Julie Shannon.
Mr. Selman, a native Washingtonian, began working in the patent office while in law school at George Washington University. He later did patent and trademark law in Massachusetts for Polaroid, the eyewear company Foster Grant and the chemical company American Hoechst. He kept a boat moored at the Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria, his city of residence, for many years.
— From staff reports