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The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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