Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Julie W. Coleman, 69, a social worker with the Prince George’s County Circuit Court from 2013 to 2015, died Jan. 24 at a hospital in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was cancer, said a son, Kyle Kweder.
Mrs. Coleman, a resident of Adelphi, Md., was born Julie Warheit in Sykesville, Pa., and settled in the Washington area in 1975. From 2000 to 2013, she was a clinical social work supervisor with the Prince George’s County Children and Parents Program. Earlier, she was a social worker with Family Connections and an associate executive director with Ardmore Enterprises.
James E. Guirard, 79, a former chief of staff to Sens. Allen Ellender and Russell Long, both Louisiana Democrats, died Jan. 10 at his home in Catahoula, La. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Ruth Guirard.
Mr. Guirard, a resident of Alexandria, Va., was born in St. Martinville, La. He came to Washington in 1963 as a staff assistant to Long. Later, he was chief of staff to Rep. Edwin Willis (D-La.), Ellender and Long. From 1982 to 2003, he was a government affairs consultant.
Evelyn D’Anna, 93, a nurse who specialized in obstetrics and worked at Washington-area hospitals from 1946 to 1992, predominantly at the old Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District, died Jan. 12 at an assisted-living community in Brookeville, Md. The cause was a heart attack, said a son, Michel D’Anna.
Mrs. D’Anna was born Evelyn Tucci in Rogliano, Italy, and was raised in the Washington area. From 1946 to 1953, she served in the Army Nurse Corps. Toward the end of her career, she worked at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. She was president of a Knights of Columbus women’s auxiliary. In 1959, she founded the Wheaton Majorette and Twirl teams, which have won international championships.
Barry Rosenberg, 80, a former teacher who was a social worker for the state of Maryland from 1988 to 2015, serving for a time as chief social worker for children and adolescents in part of Southern Maryland, died Jan. 17 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was respiratory failure after five years of cancer, said a son, Scott Rosenberg.
Dr. Rosenberg, an Atlanta native, settled in Washington in 1959. He was a real estate developer and director of real estate for Giant Food; a history instructor at George Washington University from 1974 to 1976; and a teacher in the humanities department at the private Maret School in Washington from 1977 to 1986. He led training workshops for schools and professional organizations on child abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.
An Nguyen, 88, who fled Vietnam with her eight children in 1975 when what was then Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, fell to North Vietnamese forces, died Jan. 13 at a health-care center in Rockville, Md. The cause was cardiac arrest and ovarian cancer, said a grandson, David Luu.
Ms. Nguyen, a resident of Rockville, was born in Hanoi in what was then French Indochina. She ran a jewelry shop in Saigon before 1975. Her husband, Do Ba Phuc, died in 1970. She settled in the Washington area after leaving Vietnam and concentrated on raising her children.
George Joseph, 78, chief of pediatrics in suburban Maryland for the Kaiser Permanente health maintenance organization for more than 30 years before retiring last month, died Jan. 17 at his home in Potomac, Md. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said a son, Paul Joseph.
Dr. Joseph was born in Palai, India, and he came to the United States in 1963. He did a medical residency in New York and later was chief resident of pediatrics at the Harriet Lane Clinic of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He joined what was then Group Health in Washington more than 30 years ago and retired from its successor organization, Kaiser Permanente.
Richard P. Vari, 66, a senior scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History whose specialties included freshwater fish, died Jan. 15 at his home in Falls Church, Va. The cause was cancer, said his wife, Ann Vari.
Dr. Vari was born in Newburgh, N.Y. He came to the Smithsonian in 1978 as a postdoctoral fellow. He twice was chairman of the Department of Vertebrate Zoology and most recently was interim associate director for science. He spent periods of his career in the Amazon River basin and other South American waterways. He wrote more than 150 articles and papers, and five species of fish have been named for him.
Carl T. Jones, 92, a communications engineer who was the owner-manager of Carl T. Jones Corp., consulting engineers, died Jan. 10 at a health-care center in Solomons, Md. The cause was cardiovascular disease, said a son, Carl T. Jones Jr.
Mr. Jones, a resident of Solomons Island, Md., was born in Indianapolis and moved to Washington in 1937. In 1953 he became a partner with George Gautney in the communications engineering company Gautney & Jones. The firm worked with the broadcast industry on radio and television transmission systems, specializing in directional-antenna design, adjustment and licensing. After Gautney retired in 1976, Mr. Jones ran the business as the Carl T. Jones Corp. until retiring in 1985.
In addition to his engineering business, Mr. Jones had owned and operated radio stations in Clovis, Calif., and Prince Frederick, Md.
Gordon P. Peyton Jr., 74, a lawyer in Alexandria, Va., for 50 years and a partner in the firm of Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, died Jan. 13 at his home in Alexandria. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Janet Peyton.
Mr. Peyton was born in Washington and grew up in Alexandria and Arlington, Va. He began his Alexandria law practice, specializing in wills and estates, in 1965 and continued to practice law until his death. He was a former president of the Alexandria Bar Association. From 2001 until his death, he was commissioner of accounts for the Alexandria Circuit Court, which has oversight over wills and estates.
Phillip K. Bradley, 79, a Church of the Brethren clergyman who from 1977 to 1987 was pastor of University Park Church of the Brethren in University Park, Md., died Jan. 9 at a hospital in Baltimore. The cause was an aortic dissection, said his wife, Janice Siegel.
Rev. Bradley, a resident of Cheverly, Md., was born in Wichita, Kan. From 1991 to 2005, he was public information officer and family psychotherapist at the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County in Dundalk, Md. Earlier, he had been a Church of the Brethren pastor in Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Louise L. Hasselback, 99, a watercolor artist and the widow of a retired Army colonel, died Dec. 16 at a military retirement center in Washington, where she had lived for the past 20 years. The cause was a stroke, said a daughter, Sara Paulson.
Mrs. Hasselback was born Louise Langdon in Brooklyn. She accompanied her husband, Frederick W. Hasselback, on Army assignments in Germany and throughout the United States. During those years, she did hundreds of watercolor paintings and participated in watercolor workshops and exhibits.
Rita Jackson, 63, the founder and chief executive of the Northeast Performing Arts Group in Washington, died Jan. 8 at a hospital in the District. A daughter-in-law, Lee Moore, said Ms. Jackson developed complications during cataract surgery and that the family is awaiting results of an autopsy.
Ms. Jackson was a native and lifelong resident of Washington. Since 1979 she had been chief executive of the Northeast Performing Arts Group, which provides performing and visual arts opportunities to D.C.-area youngsters, focusing on those living east of the Anacostia River. For 10 years, she was an Advisory Neighborhood Commission member in Northeast Washington.
Thomas J. Lee, 62, a worker at McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants in Montgomery County and a member of Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, Md., died Jan. 6 at a residence in Montgomery for people with intellectual disabilities. He had Alzheimer’s disease, said a sister, Susan L. Heintz.
Mr. Lee was born in Washington and grew up in Rockville, Md. He had Down syndrome. As a youth, he participated in Special Olympics competitions. For about 10 years, beginning in the 1990s, he worked at McDonald’s. Since 1983, he had lived in several Jubilee Homes in Montgomery and was a former president of the Jubilee Clients’ Council and a member of the Jubilee Board of Directors.
James G. Holbert, 81, who retired in 1996 after 38 years as a Prince George’s County fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at the Riverdale, Forest Heights and Skyline elementary schools, died Jan. 19 at a hospital in Fairfax County, Va. The cause was complications from heart ailments, said a daughter, Sabrina H. Ward.
Mr. Holbert, a resident of Clinton, Md. was born in Rutherfordton, N.C. He had lived in the Washington area for 70 years.
William B. Parris III, 70, a colonel in the Civil Air Patrol who owned and managed several Washington-area radio stations, died Feb. 2 at a hospital in Westminster, Md. The cause was colon cancer, said a daughter, Patricia Parris.
Col. Parris, a resident of Reisterstown, Md., was born in Richmond. He worked in programming at Washington-area stations before being named national programming director in the mid-1970s of United Broadcasting Co., a Bethesda, Md.-based network of radio and television stations. He was later promoted to executive vice president of United Broadcasting.
In 1986 he founded Radio Broadcast Communications as a side business to operate a broadcasting school in Baltimore. When United Broadcasting began selling its media properties in the early 1990s, Col. Parris left the company and bought WINX-AM under the Radio Broadcast banner. He later sold the station but at the time of his death owned two stations in eastern Maryland.
A pilot, Col. Parris founded the now-defunct commuter airlines Resort Airlines and Sky One Express Airlines in the 1980s. He volunteered as a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the Air Force, and in 2014, he was named commander of its Maryland Wing. He served on the boards of the Maryland D.C. Delaware Broadcasters Association and the Maryland Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
William C. Boden, 85, an Army colonel who retired in 1981 as the Army’s inspector general for military police affairs at the Pentagon, died Jan. 23 at a retirement center at Fort Belvoir, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, William Boden.
Col. Boden was born in Elizabeth, N.J. His 34-year Army career included service in Germany, Korea and Vietnam, where he was provost marshal for the 101st Airborne Division. After retiring from the Army, he spent 10 years as director of safety and security for Louisiana State University’s health sciences center in Shreveport. He was a former president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Ralph P. Hudson, 91, a physicist who for most of his professional career led sections and divisions at what became the National Institute of Standards and Technology, died Jan. 29 at a hospice center in Madison, Wis. The cause was complications after an accidental fall, said a daughter, Wendy Hudson.
Dr. Hudson, a native of Wellingborough, England, settled in the Washington area in 1951 and joined what was then the National Bureau of Standards. In the 1980s, he was director of publications for the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sèvres, France.
From 1989 to 1992, he was program director for low-temperature physics at the National Science Foundatio and then an independent consultant. He ended his physics career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 1998 as a guest worker in the Fundamental Constants Data Center. In 2009, he moved to Madison from Washington.
Susie C. Nikens, 99, who taught mathematics at Washington’s Phelps Vocational High School before retiring in 1973, died Jan. 27 at her home in Nokesville, Va. The cause was complications following rectal surgery, said her daughter, Carolyn Branson.
Mrs. Nikens was born Susie Chloe in Markham, Va., and moved to Washington at age 10. For 35 years, she was a schoolteacher, initially in Greenville, Va., and later in Warrenton, Va. After World War II, she returned to Washington and began teaching at Phelps.
— From staff reports