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The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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