Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Lorraine Lindsay, substitute teacher
Lorraine Lindsay, 92, who was a substitute teacher at Shepherd Elementary School in the District in the 1960s and 1970s, died Jan. 27 at her home in Washington. She had complications from arteriosclerosis, said her son, Mike Lindsay.
Mrs. Lindsay was born Lorraine Tully in Clinton, Mass., and moved in the 1950s to Washington. She worked as a laboratory technician at Walter Reed Army Hospital in the 1950s before becoming a substitute teacher.
James Fitz, mechanical engineer
James Fitz, 90, who directed the maintenance control division at the old Naval Surface Warfare Center-White Oak in Silver Spring, Md., died Jan. 18 at a hospital in Chambersburg, Pa. The cause was kidney disease, said a nephew, John Fitz.
Mr. Fitz was born in Waynesboro, Pa. He held jobs in the U.S. Patent Office, the old U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and Naval Research Laboratory before becoming a mechanical engineer at White Oak in the late 1950s. He had a major role in maintaining the research laboratory’s facilities until his retirement in 1983.
Mr. Fitz was a collector of antique guns and model trains and volunteered at the National Capital Trolley Museum in Silver Spring. He moved to Waynesboro in retirement.
Joseph Connors, union board chairman
Joseph Connors, 92, who served as a board chairman of the United Mine Workers of America, died Jan. 19 at a medical center in Annapolis, Md. The cause was a stroke, said a daughter, Patricia Carpenter.
Mr. Connors, a native of the Bronx, settled in the Washington area in 1947 and joined the union as a health and retirement funds division staff lawyer. He left the union in 1963 and then helped start two now-defunct companies that focused on employee benefits administration. He was a past board president of the University Club of Washington, and his memberships included the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.
Frank Strachan, phone company engineer
Mr. Frank Strachan, 91, who worked as an engineer with the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co., died Jan. 8 at a medical center in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Lula Strachan.
Mr. Strachan, a Silver Spring resident, was born in East Point, Ga. He was a member of the Memorial First India United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, and Pioneers, a philanthropic community of telephone workers.
Carl Andreasen Jr., chemical analyst
Carl Andreasen Jr., 77, who researched chemical effects on humans and the environment for the Environmental Protection Agency before retiring in 1998, died Feb. 9 at a hospital in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was complications from multiple bypass surgeries, according to his husband, Mel Krist.
Mr. Andreasen, a Chicago native, moved to the Washington area when he began working for the Agriculture Department in 1969, where he tested for chemical residue in livestock. He left the department in the mid-1980s to work for the EPA. He was involved in local theater, as a performer and percussionist, and was a tenor with the Takoma Park Singers.
Dorothy Hunter, school curriculum supervisor
Dorothy Hunter, 96, who held several supervisory titles with Montgomery County Public Schools, including supervisor of curriculum, before retiring in 1982, died Feb. 11 at a hospital in Olney, Md. The cause was pneumonia, said a son, Scott Hunter.
Mrs. Hunter was born Dorothy Beale on a farm near Freeport, Pa. She moved to the Washington area in late 1940s and taught home economics classes at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md. She was an elder at the Darnestown (Md.) Presbyterian Church and a member of Rockville Presbyterian Church.
James M. Kearns Jr., GSA employee
James M. Kearns, 73, who was a chief of staff for the chief information officer at the General Services Administration before retiring in 2008, died Feb. 14 at his home in Montclair, Va. The cause was prostate cancer, said a son, James E. Kearns.
Mr. Kearns was born in San Diego and grew up in Bayside, Va., and Queens. He was a civil engineer in New York before settling in the Washington area in the mid-1960s. He worked for the Marine Corps and the Navy Department before joining the GSA in 1980.
Mr. Kearns, who was active in prostate cancer advocacy, served on the board of the Virginia Prostate Cancer Coalition and was a member of Us TOO, a prostate cancer support group. He was a liturgy chairman for Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City, Va.
Robert Monick, court-reporting firm CEO
Robert Monick, 90, a court reporter who became chief executive of Washington-based AceFederal Reporters before retiring in 2005, died Jan. 30 at a hospital in Arlington, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a grandson, Andrew Monick.
Mr. Monick was born in McAdoo, Pa. He worked for Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania before moving to the Washington area in 1959 to become a court reporter. He became a manager at AceFederal in 1970. He was active in professional organizations and served as president of the Virginia Shorthand Reporters Association. He was a resident of Vienna, Va., where he was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Lois Kochanski, foundation director
Lois Kochanski, 93, who retired in 2006 as executive director of the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, died Jan. 12 at a continuing care facility in Bethesda, Md. She had Parkinson’s disease, said a daughter, Mary Ann Daly.
Mrs. Kochanski was born Lois Whidden in San Angelo, Tex., and came to Washington in 1945 to work at the old War Department. She later spent nearly 20 years as an intelligence analyst for the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency. She joined the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences in 1970.
Mrs. Kochanski was a longtime resident of Bethesda, where she was a member of Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. She also was a member of photography groups and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.