Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Joseph Richards III, 82, a residential builder and developer who was also a breeder, rider and racer of horses, died May 4 at a care facility in Aldie, Va. The cause was complications from a broken pelvis suffered in an accidental fall in late March at his home in Marshall, Va., said his wife, Patsy Richards.
Mr. Richards was born in Washington. Operating the firm Arlington Builders, he built homes throughout the Washington area from the 1970s to the 2000s.
The son of a horse breeder and racer, Mr. Richards continued in his family’s equestrian tradition. His horse, Colonels Request, won the International Gold Cup in The Plains, Va., in 1987. As a rider, Mr. Richards participated in point-to-point competitions and was a member of the Potomac Hunt, the Fairfax Hunt and the Orange County Hounds.
Jonathan C. Brown, 71, a World Bank officer whose specialties included energy and the environment, and health issues such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, died April 12 at a care center in Winchester, Va. The cause was complications from heart surgery, said his wife, Ayse Kudat.
Mr. Brown, a native of Oneonta, N.Y., worked for the World Bank from 1973 to 2008 and retired as an operations adviser for global HIV/AIDS issues. In retirement, he was a consultant. A former resident of Alexandria, Va., he lived in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., after leaving the World Bank, then moved to Charlottesville, Va., two months ago.
Jesse A. Mann, 94, who served 50 years on the Georgetown University faculty, retiring in 1997 as professor of philosophy, died April 10 at a care center in Adelphi, Md. The cause was complications from dementia, said a nephew, Robert E. Matthews.
Dr. Mann, a native Washingtonian, began his Georgetown career in 1947 as an instructor of freshman English. Later he switched to philosophy. In the late 1960s he was dean of the School for Summer and Continuing Education and then dean of the School of Foreign Service.
Barbara Ann Gordon, 95, a former State Department program officer who chaired the Foreign Service Institute’s Latin American training program from 1965 to 1970, died April 12 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was heart and stroke complications, said a friend and guardian, Pamela Buckles.
Mrs. Gordon, a Bethesda resident, was born Barbara Ann Walker in Baltimore. At the State Department from 1948 to 1953, she was a delegate to a General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) meeting in London. She was a past president of the National Symphony Orchestra’s women’s committee and a board member of the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Friends of the Corcoran Art Gallery’ acquisition committee.
Henry S. Sizer, 82, a former Foreign Service officer who specialized in Middle East affairs who became a labor management officer at the American Foreign Service Association until retiring in 2003, died April 7 at his home in Washington. The cause was a heart attack, said a son, Michael Sizer.
Mr. Sizer, a Buffalo native, was a Foreign Service officer from 1958 to 1986, and his assignments included Syria, Yemen, Tunisia, Vietnam, France and Lebanon. In 1978 and 1979 he was charge d’affairs at the embassy in Oman. He was a volunteer at the Washington charity Martha’s Table.
Anne Favo, 80, an associate editor for the American Bus Association’s Destinations magazine in the 1980s and ’90s, died April 10 at a nursing home in Verona, Pa. The cause was carcinoid syndrome, said a son, James McGrath.
Mrs. Favo was born Anne Finnegan in Washington. In the 1960s and ’70s, she coordinated events for Blackthorn Stick, an Irish folk dance group. As a member of the Catholic Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Md., she co-founded a volunteer committee to help parishioners with limited mobility. A longtime Bethesda resident, she moved to Washington in the 1990s and began to split her time between the District and Oakmont, Pa.
Robert A. Copeland Jr., 60, the founding chairman of Howard University medical school’s ophthalmology department, died April 11 at his home in Chevy Chase, Md. The cause was heart ailments, said Sholnn Freeman, a university spokesperson.
Dr. Copeland was born in Germantown, Pa., and joined the Howard medical school staff in 1986. Over the last 30 years, he treated thousands of ophthalmology patients, trained and mentored hundreds of ophthalmology physicians and was co-author of a textbook on the cornea. He had done ophthalmology procedures in Haiti, Ghana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Chile, Liberia, Nigeria and India, and he had received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s distinguished service award.
John A. Rhea, 79, a freelance journalist who specialized in coverage of electronics, space and military issues, died April 6 at a care center in Woodstock, Va. The cause was pneumonia, said a daughter, Nancie Turner.
Mr. Rhea, a native of Urbana, Ill., covered space launches in Florida for military and electronics publications in the 1960s. He later moved to the Washington area and worked as a freelance reporter until about 2005, when he moved to Woodstock from Silver Spring, Md.
Mary Morton, 84, who accompanied her husband around the world on Foreign Service assignments and later served as chair of the Opportunity Shop at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, died April 3 at a residential facility for seniors in Bethesda, Md. The cause was lung cancer, said a family friend, Hans Tuch.
Mrs. Morton, a Bethesda resident, was born Mary Bolmar in Topeka, Kan. Early on, she was a biographic analyst at the State Department. She then joined her husband on his postings to Europe and Asia before his retirement in 1989.
Abdul Kadir Aziz, 92, retired professor in the department of mathematics and statistics at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC), died March 25 at a care center in Chevy Chase, Md. The cause was respiratory distress and arterial disease, said a stepdaughter, Beth Rogers.
Dr. Aziz, a Chevy Chase resident, was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He came to Washington in the 1940s when his father was the Afghan ambassador here. Dr. Aziz was a mathematics professor at Georgetown University, then in 1967 transferred to UMBC, where he retired in 1989. In 1999, he donated money to establish what is known as the Aziz Lecture Series on numerical solutions to certain mathematical equations, and which are now delivered at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Thomas Ubois, 83, who retired in 1994 as executive officer of the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation, died April 10 at a hospice center in Arlington, Va. The cause was kidney cancer, said a son, Jeffrey Ubois.
Mr. Ubois, an Arlington resident, was born in Ambridge, Pa. He came to Washington in 1961 as a presidential management intern, initially at the Veterans Administration and then at the Bureau of the Budget. He joined the National Science Foundation in 1971.
John M. Meek, 86, a public relations and communications officer who in the 1960s had been a speechwriter and press assistant in the Kennedy and Johnson White Houses, died March 11 at a medical center in Tucson. The cause was pneumonia, said a son, James G. Meek.
Mr. Meek was born in Rocky, Okla. Early on, he was a press secretary to Sens. Robert S. Kerr and J. Howard Edmondson, both Oklahoma Democrats. In 1969 he joined the Edelman public relations company, where his work included helping obtain U.S. landing rights for the British-French Concorde SST aircraft. He left Edelman in 1983, formed a public relations partnership, Hartz-Meek International, and later worked in a solo public relations business. In 1999 he moved to Green Valley, Ariz., from Washington.
— From staff reports