The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES -

Obit­u­ar­ies of res­i­dents from the Dis­trict, Mary­land and North­ern Vir­ginia.

Clau­dia Bourne Far­rell, FTC spokes­woman

Clau­dia Bourne Far­rell, 75, a spokes­woman for the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion in the 1970s and again from 1994 to 2012, died Jan. 27 at her home in Wash­ing­ton. The cause was com­pli­ca­tions from em­phy­sema, said Peter Ka­plan, deputy di­rec­tor of the agency’s pub­lic af­fairs of­fice.

Mrs. Far­rell was born Clau­dia Bourne in Chicago. Early in her ca­reer, she was a press sec­re­tary for Sen. Charles H. Percy (R-Ill.) and a pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer for NASA. At the FTC, she worked on the agency’s re­sponse to con­sumer pro­tec­tion, an­titrust and pri­vacy is­sues, among other top­ics. Be­tween her two stints at the FTC, she did pub­lic re­la­tions con­sult­ing.

Vir­ginia At­wood, pro­cure­ment spe­cial­ist

Vir­ginia At­wood, 96, a pro­cure­ment spe­cial­ist who re­tired in 1972 from the Army Ma­teriel Com­mand af­ter 32 years, died Jan. 9 at a hos­pice cen­ter in Ar­ling­ton, Va. The cause was com­pli­ca­tions from heart dis­ease, said a daugh­ter, El­iz­a­beth V. Ro­maine.

Mrs. At­wood was born Vir­ginia Car­rier in Fal­mouth, Ky., and set­tled in Wash­ing­ton in 1939. She lived in Ar­ling­ton, where she was a mem­ber of the Wash­ing­ton Golf and Coun­try Club.

Renee Serveiss, seam­stress

Renee Serveiss, 94, a part-time seam­stress in New York for the fash­ion de­signer Oleg Cassini, died Dec. 30 at her home in Re­ston, Va. The cause was breast can­cer, said a son Vic­tor Serveiss.

Mrs. Serveiss was born Re­nata Rossi on a farm near Pisa, Italy. Af­ter World War II, she moved to New York and worked for Cassini in the 1950s and ’60s. She set­tled in the Wash­ing­ton area in 1992 and lived at Lake Anne Fel­low­ship House, where she was in­volved in the craft club.

Vin­cent Lee-Thorp, en­gi­neer­ing ex­ec­u­tive

Vin­cent Lee-Thorp, 88, who spent 25 years as pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of what be­came Sum­mer Con­sul­tants be­fore re­tir­ing in 1997, died Jan. 3 at a hospi­tal in Re­ston, Va. The cause was com­pli­ca­tions from car­diac ar­rhyth­mia, said a son, Robin Lee-Thorp.

Mr. Lee-Thorp, a res­i­dent of Great Falls, Va., was born in Wit­bank (now eMalahleni), South Africa. He set­tled in the Wash­ing­ton area in 1952 and was a me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer with var­i­ous com­pa­nies un­til help­ing start what was then Smith and Lee-Thorp in 1963. He was a past Wash­ing­ton-chapter pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Heat­ing, Re­frig­er­at­ing and Air-Con­di­tion­ing En­gi­neers. He wrote a book, “Wash­ing­ton En­gi­neered” (2006).

Ray­mond Ruf, com­pany co-founder

Ray­mond Ruf, 84, a found­ing part­ner of DMR As­so­ciates, a com­mer­cial heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing com­pany in Gaithers­burg, Md., died Jan. 16 at a hos­pice cen­ter in Rockville, Md. The cause was a cere­bral hem­or­rhage, said a daugh­ter, Chris­tine Kameen.

Mr. Ruf, a New York na­tive, served in the Air Force Re­serve in the 1960s and reached the rank of cap­tain. He also was an en­gi­neer at Trane Co. dur­ing that time. He helped start DMR in 1969 and sold his in­ter­est in 1993. He was a past Wash­ing­ton chapter pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Heat­ing, Re­frig­er­at­ing and Air-Con­di­tion­ing En­gi­neers.

He served on the vestry at St. James Epis­co­pal Church in Po­tomac, Md., where he was also a li­censed pas­toral vis­it­ing lay eucharis­tic min­is­ter. He was a for­mer board mem­ber of the Ivy­mont School in Po­tomac, for stu­dents with learn­ing prob­lems and dis­abil­i­ties.

Barbara Cohen, schools sec­re­tary

Barbara Cohen, 76, a sec­re­tary from the 1980s to the early 2010s at the Kilmer Cen­ter in Vi­enna, Va., a Fair­fax County pub­lic school for chil­dren with se­vere dis­abil­i­ties, died Feb. 8 at a hos­pice cen­ter in Aldie, Va. The cause was can­cer, said a daugh­ter, Lora O’Brien.

Mrs. Cohen, a Fair­fax County res­i­dent, was born Barbara Mad­dox in Greens­boro, N.C., and set­tled in the Wash­ing­ton area in 1957. She worked for the com­mon­wealth of Vir­ginia for many years help­ing res­cue abused an­i­mals and served on the board of the SPCA of North­ern Vir­ginia as a dog chair­man.

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