Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Raymond Jay, personnel specialist
Raymond Jay, 93, a federal personnel specialist who retired in 1987 from the Defense Contract Audit Agency at Cameron Station in Alexandria, Va., died Nov. 30 at the house of a daughter in Vienna, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, John Jay.
Mr. Jay, who lived in Arlington, Va., was born in Ladysmith, Wis. Before moving to the Washington area in 1966, he was a Defense Department personnel specialist in St. Louis, Chicago and Cleveland. At retirement, he had 36 years of federal service.
Caray Thomas-Keen, advertising specialist
Caray Thomas-Keen, 52, a media advertising specialist for the Washington Examiner and later the conservative media outlet Townhall, died March 9 at an assisted-living center in San Antonio. The cause was a cancerous brain tumor, said her father, syndicated columnist Cal Thomas.
Ms. Thomas-Keen, a San Antonio resident, was born in Cheverly, Md. She worked in admissions at several colleges, including DeVry University in Arlington, Va. She also worked from 2004 to 2009 as an admissions representative, manager and director at the former Everest Institute in Silver Spring, Md., part of the education company Corinthian Colleges.
William Murray, research scientist
William Murray, 95, a research scientist who spent more than 20 years as head of the structural mechanics laboratory at the David Taylor Model Basin, a Navy facility in Bethesda, Md., for designing ships, died March 18 at a retirement center in Lake Ridge, Va. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Caprice Scarborough.
Dr. Murray was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and worked in the underwater explosions research division of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard before joining the model basin in 1959. He led the structural mechanics laboratory from 1963 until his retirement in 1985 at what is now the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Centers. He received the Navy’s Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 1963. He was a longtime resident of Great Falls, Va.
Theodor Kolobow, NIH researcher
Theodor Kolobow, 86, a National Institutes of Health researcher who helped improve the artificial lung and developed new medical devices, died March 24 at an assisted-living community in Bethesda, Md. He had Alzheimer’s disease and leukemia, said a daughter, Dannielle Torres.
Dr. Kolobow was born in Kardla, Estonia, and after spending part of World War II in a camp for displaced people in Germany, he immigrated to the United States for college. He joined NIH in 1962 as a researcher at what is now the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and directed the pulmonary and cardiac assist and devices section before retiring in 2009.
He was credited with developing the spiral coil membrane lung as well as a commonly used artificial-lung system.
Robert Nicholas III, military construction specialist
Robert Nicholas III, 80, a military construction specialist whose career included stints as a staff member for the House Appropriations Committee and for Pentagon official Robert Komer during the Carter administration, died March 17 at his home in Washington. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Lynn Nicholas.
Mr. Nicholas was born in Providence, R.I., and moved to the Washington area in 1963, shortly before joining the House Appropriations Committee. He was hired by Komer a decade later, when the former Vietnam War pacification chief was undersecretary of defense for policy.
Mr. Nicholas went on to work with a NATO committee on military construction, and served in the inspector general’s office in the Defense Department before retiring in 1992. He was a board member of groups including the Hearing and Speech Center at Children’s National Health System and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.
Marion Ciaccio, writer, editor
Marion Ciaccio, 94, who spent 13 years as a writer and editor for a newsletter within the federal Office of Consumer Affairs before retiring in 1986, died Jan. 29 at a hospice center in Falls Church, Va., of cardiovascular disease, said her daughter, Jennifer Ciaccio.
Mrs. Ciaccio was born Marion Quee in Okoboji, Iowa. She moved to Washington in 1942 and worked as a secretary for federal agencies, including the Office of Price Administration and the Atomic Energy Commission. In retirement, she researched and wrote articles for the American Institute for Cancer Research newsletter and was an editorial associate at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors’ National Prevention Network.
Mrs. Ciaccio was a member of Parents Without Partners, a nonprofit organization that helps single parents and their children; Fairfax County Golden Racquets, a group promoting tennis among senior citizens; and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.