Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Lawrence R. Fox, 68, an official at several publishing organizations, died Sept. 5 at a hospital in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was pneumonia, said a daughter, Kate Fox.
Mr. Fox, a resident of Hyattsville, Md., was born in Washington. In 2010, he retired as project manager at Aptara in Falls Church, Va. Earlier he had been publisher of FDA News. Since the mid-1970s, he had been employed at such publishing organizations as National Book Network, Ziff-Davis Press, John Wiley and Prentice Hall.
Joel S. Lawson Jr., 91, a senior scientist with the Navy Department who specialized in electronics, died Aug. 31 at a retirement center in Honolulu. The cause was heart ailments, said a son, Joel S. Lawson III.
Dr. Lawson was born in Smithtown, N.Y. He came to the Washington area in 1965 and joined the Navy Department, from which he retired in 1984 as technical director of the Naval Electronic Systems Command. On retiring, he moved to Honolulu from Potomac, Md. He was a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington.
Bernard J. Cooper, 90, who with his wife operated a Silver Spring, Md., beauty salon for 28 years, died Aug. 31 at an assisted living center in Tooele, Utah. He had complications after a stroke, said a daughter, Donna Liggett.
Mr. Cooper was born in Aiken, S.C., and settled in the Washington area after World War II service in the Army. From 1950 until retirement in 1978, he operated Bernard’s Beauty Salon. In retirement, he lived primarily in Bradenton, Fla., before moving in 2010 to Utah.
Diana Hellinger, 67, a former teacher at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School in Silver Spring, Md., and the executive director of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project, died Aug. 12 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was esophageal cancer, said her husband, Douglas Hellinger.
Mrs. Hellinger, a District resident, was born Diana Giragossian in Athens. She came to the United States as an infant, settling initially in Troy, N.Y. Before moving to the Washington area in 1971, she was a teacher in Massachusetts.
From 1988 to 1998, she was executive director of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project and helped direct the approval, construction and dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial on the Mall. From 1999 to 2012, she was a teacher at St. Michael, a Catholic elementary school serving a predominantly immigrant and minority student body.
James E. Grenning, 48, a special-education teacher at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Md., for the past four years, died Aug. 11 at a medical center in Baltimore. The cause was a stroke, said a sister, Laura Grenning.
Mr. Grenning, a resident of Frederick, Md., was born in Arlington and grew up in Rockville. He had taught special education in Montgomery County schools for 15 years. Before Seneca Valley, he was a special-education teacher at Northwest High School in Germantown and in an alternative educational program. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War and participated in the Marine Corps Marathon.
Gail F. Donnalley, 91, a CIA officer who had served as director of communications and director of data processing, died Sept. 7 at a nursing home in Falls Church, Va. The cause was kidney failure, said a daughter, Kristin Sherman.
Mr. Donnalley, a resident of McLean, was born in Lisbon, Ohio. He joined the CIA in 1949 after having worked during World War II as a cryptologist for the Office of Strategic Services, the CIA’s wartime predecessor. His CIA overseas postings included Manila and Yokosuka, Japan, and he retired in 1985.
Donald L. Oliveros, 67, a federal auditor who worked for more than 33 years for the Defense Department on Air Force, Army and Navy audits, died Aug. 31 at a medical center in Decatur, Ga. The cause was prostate cancer, said a son, Paul Oliveros.
Mr. Oliveros was born in St. Augustine, Fla., and was a Navy medical corpsman during the war in Vietnam. He began his civilian career with the Defense Department in Korea and later served in Dayton, Ohio, before relocating to the Washington area in 1986. He retired from federal service in 2005 and received a Navy Superior Civilian Service Award. In 2007, he moved to Cumming, Ga., from Fairfax County.
Mary Ruksznis, 67, who from about 1985 to 1992 operated the Precision Travel agency in Columbia, Md., died Sept. 5 at a medical center in Cuneo, Italy. The cause was lung cancer, said a daughter, Elizabeth Waller.
Mrs. Ruksznis was born Mary Anna in Riverdale, Md., and grew up in Beltsville, Md. where her father was rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church. As a young woman, she did volunteer work at the church. Later she lived in Columbia before moving to Savigliano, Italy, in 1993.
Maxine P. Montgomery, 84, a onetime laboratory technician at a unit of the National Institutes of Health, died Sept. 1 at a rehabilitation center in Potomac, Md. The cause was ovarian cancer, said her husband, Forrest Montgomery.
Mrs. Montgomery, a Potomac resident, was born Maxine Park in Washington and grew up in Bethesda. She worked at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in the 1950s and 1960s. She was an officer and board member of the League of Women Voters in Montgomery County. She was a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.
Kurt W. Eigner, 62, a cabinetmaker with Fine Woodworking in Boyds, Md., for the past 33 years, died Aug. 23 at a hospice in Rockville. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Leslie Eigner.
Mr. Eigner, a resident of Silver Spring, Md., was born in Baltimore and had lived in the Washington area since the 1970s. As a cabinetmaker, he specialized in historical restorations, custom woodworking and architectural detailing. His work has appeared in historical residences and museums in the area.
Elma W. Andrea, 95, a retired legislative information specialist with the National Education Association, died Aug. 30 at a nursing home in Bethesda. The cause was heart disease, said a sister, Jan Anderson.
Mrs. Andrea was born Elma Williams in Washington. In 1985, she retired after 30 years with the National Education Association. She was a past president of the Maryland Free State Doll Club.
Margaret T. “Margie” Ford, 87, who retired in 1983 as a deputy school superintendent in Fairfax County, Va., died Sept. 7 at a medical center in Sarasota, Fla. She had Alzheimer’s disease, said her daughter, Joann Sheffield.
Mrs. Ford was born Margaret Thacker in Hopewell, Va., and was a teacher and principal in Richmond before moving to the Washington area in 1963. In Fairfax County, she was principal of Forestdale and Cardinal Forest elementary schools, a regional superintendent and then deputy superintendent. Upon retiring, she moved to Florida from Springfield, Va.
Lucille A. Eddinger, 90, a Washington journalist in the 1950s and 1960s who worked in the media relations office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from the early 1970s until retiring in 1997, died Sept. 9 at a health-care center in Baltimore. The cause was dementia, said a brother, Jack Eddinger.
Ms. Eddinger, a Washington resident, was born in Allentown, Pa. In the 1950s, she was a Washington correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and covered Congress and the Defense Department for the old Cincinnati Times-Star. In 1961, she became White House correspondent for the Copley News Service.
Claude E. Keener Jr., 61, a founder of the Washington real estate and construction firm that bears his name, died Sept. 6 at his home in McLean. The cause was prostate cancer, said his wife, Nancy Keener.
Mr. Keener was born in Arlington and started his career working as a laborer for his father’s business, Wayne Construction. In 1985 he co-founded Keener Management, a residential property company. He oversaw the company’s construction work for more than a decade and served as president until his death.
He was a deacon of Arlington’s Memorial Baptist Church and a trustee of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, a Baptist seminary in Arlington.
Betty D. Morse, 91, who worked in American University’s payroll department from the 1970s to the 1990s and a volunteer for organizations including the Girl Scouts and Meals on Wheels, died Sept. 11 at a care center in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was pneumonia, said a daughter, Kathy Terlep.
Mrs. Morse was born Betty Davis in Ohio and grew up in Washington. She was a lifetime member of the American Legion women’s auxiliary. In her later years, she was known at the Layhill Center, the care center where she resided until her death, for the monthly birthday parties she co-hosted for residents.
Patricia B. Stone, 86, a former Foreign Service cryptographer who launched a second career making and promoting Portuguese needlework rugs, died Sept. 7 at a hospital in Gaithersburg, Md. The cause was a heart attack, said her son, Roger Stone.
Mrs. Stone was born Patricia Barksdale in Temple, Tex., and grew up in nearby Waco. As a young woman, she worked for the Foreign Service at U.S. embassies in Madrid and Paris. She later accompanied her husband on his Foreign Service and CIA posts, which included Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro.
Inspired by the ornamental architecture of colonial Portugal and Brazil, she developed a collage-based painting technique, creating images of houses and churches using materials such as lace (for stained-glass windows) and medical gauze (for paving stones).
In Portugal, she was introduced to the Arraiolos rug-making technique. Similar in design to geometric Persian rugs, the Arraiolos — named for a Portuguese town of the same name — uses a long-legged cross-stitch on a sturdy jute canvas backing; the resulting design appears nearly as well on the rug’s underside as it does on its top.
Her knowledge of the rug’s history and construction resulted in the 1981 book “Portuguese Needlework Rugs,” one of the first English-language works on the subject. The book also formed the basis of Arraiolos lectures and workshops that Mrs. Stone gave for many years.
Robert E. Barker, 69, who retired in 2000 from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget as deputy assistant director for budget review and concepts, died Sept. 9 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was complications from lung surgery in August, said a friend, Thomas Tobasko.
Mr. Barker, a Washington resident, was born in Pittsburgh. As a young man, he was a seminarian, served in the Army and came to Washington in 1970 and joined OMB in 1973. In his final job, he helped prepare the president’s budget and tracked the president’s budget proposals through the congressional budget process. He was a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award.
He volunteered for 3,635 hours at the Washington Home and Community Hospices, was a volunteer assistant to the music ministry at the Catholic Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington and served on the board of the Whitman-Walker clinic.
Alvan O. Zarate, 78, a health statistician who retired in 2009 as a confidentiality officer for the National Center for Health Statistics, died Aug. 27 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was complications from pancreatitis, said his wife, Charlotte Schoenborn.
Dr. Zarate, a resident of Bowie, Md., was born in New London, Conn. In 1978 he came to the Washington area and joined the National Center for Health Statistics. He was director of its international statistics office before he became confidentiality officer. He participated in the Marine Corps Marathon at age 60 and also was an amateur singer and guitarist.
— From staff reports