Obituaries
Mar. 7, 2003




Edith O. James

Edith O. James, 73, of Germantown, died Feb. 24 at the home of her daughter in Germantown. Born July 21, 1929, in Charlottesville, Va., she was a daughter of the late Prentiss and Vessie Shifflett. She was the wife of the late Claude James.

Mrs. James was a homemaker and loved to visit with her family and go to their family reunions. She had attended the Clarksburg Church of God.

She is survived by seven children: Allen D. James of Fallingwaters, W. Va., Linda M. Delph of Gaithersburg, Carolyn M. Edge of White Oak, N.C., Norma J. Minters of Germantown, Michael R. James of Knoxville, Md., Diane Price of Damascus and Claudia R. Ramey of Fall Branch, Tenn.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive her.

Mrs. James was predeceased by a son, Roger Lee James.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Clarksburg Church of God in Clarksburg. Burial was in Forest Oak Cemetery in Gaithersburg.

John H. Grimes Jr.

John H. Grimes Jr., 79, of Rockville died March 1 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

Born Feb. 14, 1924, in Brookeville, he was a son of the late John H. Grimes Sr. and Ethel Groshon Grimes.

Mr. Grimes was a 1942 graduate of Rockville High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1946. He worked for the U.S. Secret Service and retired as an inspector after approximately 30 years of service.

He was of the Protestant faith.

Mr. Grimes was a member of Rockville American Legion, the U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division Retirement Association, the Association of Retired Police of the District of Columbia, the Federal Criminal Investigators Association, the Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Survivors include two sisters, Doris I. Hill and husband Cliff of Clarksburg, and Grace E. Howard and husband James of Monrovia; special friends, Tommy Arnold and Jerry Nicholson of Rockville, and Rose Roberts of Gaithersburg; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond L. Grimes.

Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Muriel H. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Road in Laytonsville. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at noon Thursday. Burial will be in Laytonsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

Marjorie F. McBain

Marjorie F. McBain, 73, of Gaithersburg, died Feb. 26 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. Born June 16, 1929, in Cleveland, she was the wife of George W. McBain.

Mrs. McBain had worked as chief operator for the old C&P Telephone Company for 10 years before retirement to raise a family. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, George G. McBain of Gaithersburg, Joan C. Searcy and husband Larry of Clarksburg, Joyce C. McBain of Gaithersburg and Bruce W. McBain and wife Penny of Germantown; and three grandchildren, Heather and Lauren McBain, both of Frederick and Aaron McBain of Germantown.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Church of the Redeemer, Gaithersburg.

Burial was in Parklawn Cemetery, Rockville.

Ronald B. Johnson

Ronald B. Johnson, 69, a retired executive of the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), died of a heart attack Feb. 21 in Prince Frederick, Md. He was a resident of the Washington metropolitan area for 30 years before moving to Solomons.

Mr. Johnson retired from NBS in 1988 as deputy director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory. He was employed by NBS for 26 years. He served as executive officer for the Institute for Materials Research and National Measurement Laboratory from 1965-84. In 1984, he became executive officer of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory and in 1985, the deputy director.

After retirement, Mr. Johnson was active in the Standards Alumni Association at NIST, serving as treasurer, auditor and vice president, before being named president of the association in 1998 and 1999.

Mr. Johnson was an active volunteer in Rotary International, rising to the position of District Governor of District 7620 in 1988-89. During his tenure, he and the president of Rotary International were received by President George Bush in recognition of Rotary's role in promoting world understanding and peace. He also represented Rotary International at a White House Rose Garden ceremony recognizing the major voluntary charitable organizations in the U.S. He came to the Rotary Governorship after 10 years of service. A member of the Rotary Club of Potomac, which he served as president from 1983-84, he helped to found and charter the Rotary Club of Germantown in 1985. After serving as District Governor, he remained active on the District 7620 Council of Governors, and was chairman of the 2000 District Conference, held in Solomons Island.

A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Mr. Johnson studied political science at Santa Monica College and the University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 1964. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the European theatre in intelligence during the Cold War.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Bette Johnson of Solomons; a son, Bill Campbell of Solomons; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchilden.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 26 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Prince Frederick. Donations may be made in Mr. Johnson's name to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of choice.

Ronald B. Johnson

Ronald B. Johnson, 69, a retired executive of the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), died suddenly Feb. 21, 2003, of heart attack in Prince Frederick, Md. He was a resident of the Washington metropolitan area for 30 years before moving to Solomons.

Mr. Johnson retired from NBS in 1988 as deputy director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory. He was employed at NBS for 26 years. He served as executive officer for the Institute for Materials Research and National Measurement Laboratory from 1965-84. In 1984, he became executive officer of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory and in 1985, the deputy director.

After retirement, Mr. Johnson was active in the Standards Alumni Association at NIST, serving as treasurer, auditor and vice president, before being named president of the association in 1998 and 1999.

Mr. Johnson was an active volunteer in Rotary International, rising to the position of District Governor of District 7620 in 1988-89. During his tenure, he and the president of Rotary International were received by President George Bush in recognition of Rotary's role in promoting world understanding and peace. He also represented Rotary International at a White House Rose Garden ceremony recognizing the major voluntary charitable organizations in the U.S. He came to the Rotary Governorship after 10 years of service. A member of the Rotary Club of Potomac, which he served as president from 1983-84, he helped to found and charter the Rotary Club of Germantown in 1985. After serving as District Governor, he remained active on the District 7620 Council of Governors, and was chairman of the 2000 District Conference, held in Solomons Island.

A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Mr. Johnson studied political science at Santa Monica College and the University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 1964. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the European theatre in intelligence during the Cold War.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Bette Johnson of Solomons; a son, Bill Campbell of Solomons; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchilden.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 26 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Prince Frederick. Donations may be made in Mr. Johnson's name to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.

Marjorie F. McBain

Marjorie F. McBain, 73, of Gaithersburg, died Feb. 26, 2003, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. Born June 16, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the wife of George W. McBain.

Mrs. McBain had worked as chief operator for the old C&P Telephone Company for 10 years before retirement to raise a family. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, George G. McBain of Gaithersburg, Joan C. Searcy and husband Larry of Clarksburg, Joyce C. McBain of Gaithersburg and Bruce W. McBain and wife Penny of Germantown; and three grandchildren, Heather and Lauren McBain, both of Frederick and Aaron McBain of Germantown.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Church of the Redeemer, Gaithersburg.

Burial was in Parklawn Cemetery, Rockville.

Arrangements by the Muriel H. Barber Funeral Home, Laytonsville.

Richard T. Secreto

Richard "Dick" T. Secreto, 64, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Gaithersburg, died Jan. 21, 2003, at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Fla. He had been hospitalized due to complications from diabetes and suffered a heart attack while in the hospital.

He was born in Teaneck, N.J. Mr. Secreto's golf career in the Washington, D.C., area included Woodmont Country Club in Rockville and Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. He also worked at various other venues in new Jersey and Florida.

Mr. Secreto was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, having served on Okinawa during the late 1950s.

Survivors include his former wife, four daughters and a granddaughter.

A service at Arlington National Cemetery is pending.

Edith O. James

Edith O. James, 73, of Germantown, died Feb. 24 at the home of her daughter in Germantown. Born July 21, 1929, in Charlottesville, Va., she was a daughter of the late Prentiss and Vessie Shifflett. She was the wife of the late Claude James.

Mrs. James was a homemaker and loved to visit with her family and go to their family reunions. She had attended the Clarksburg Church of God.

She is survived by seven children: Allen D. James of Fallingwaters, W. Va., Linda M. Delph of Gaithersburg, Carolyn M. Edge of White Oak, N.C., Norma J. Minters of Germantown, Michael R. James of Knoxville, Md., Diane Price of Damascus and Claudia R. Ramey of Fall Branch, Tenn.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive her.

Mrs. James was predeceased by a son, Roger Lee James.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Clarksburg Church of God in Clarksburg. Burial was in Forest Oak Cemetery in Gaithersburg.

F. Gordon Barry

F. Gordon Barry, 81, of Leisure World died Jan. 6.

He was the husband of Joan Notre Dame Morrison Barry.

Mr. Barry was born, raised and educated in Baltimore City. He graduated in 1938 from Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, where he was an outstanding tennis player.

Mr. Barry was Maryland table tennis champion in 1939, 1940 and 1941. For a while he traveled with the Harlem Globetrotters, playing exhibition matches during halftime of their games. He also played exhibition matches in Baltimore.

He opened a table tennis shop with a friend in downtown Baltimore to teach table tennis and prepare players for competition. At that time the world-famous Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore still featured vaudeville acts, and many actors would play table tennis between acts.

During World War II, Mr. Barry was employed with the U.S. Signal Corps Repair Shop in Baltimore.

In 1945 he won a competitive scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1949. He also completed graduate work at Johns Hopkins and George Washington University in administrative engineering and operations research. He then worked as an electronic engineer at the U.S. Signal Corps Depot in Baltimore and Monmouth, N.J., for a short time.

Mr. Barry worked for 12 years at Bendix Radio in Towson, where he developed and taught a management development course based on case studies. Harvard University requested that he write an article about the course for the "Harvard Business Review." He did so and appeared on Boston Public Television in connection with it. He left Bendix Radio to go to Bendix Field Engineering in Timonium, and then joined Sunbeam Avionics in Wisconsin and Florida.

Mr. Barry returned to Maryland in 1967 as a management consultant with ORI and Planning Research Corp. From 1971 until retirement in 1987, he worked with the U.S. Army Concepts Analysis Agency in Bethesda in operations research involving army readiness and mobilization. He was particularly proud of the U.S. Army Commander's Medal he received for civilian service.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one sister, M. Kathleen Johnson of Catonsville; and two nieces.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church at Leisure World.

Lillian N. Fitch

Lillian N. Fitch, 75, of Rockville died Feb. 20.

Mrs. Fitch was born April 24, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of 12 children of Vincenzo and Madelena Zito Guadagno.

In 1946 she graduated from Bowen High School in Chicago and attended Wilson City College, studying psychology. She was a classically trained ballet dancer, studying with Olga Tamarov in Chicago and later with Louise Hesler in Washington, D.C.

In 1949 she married Arthur Fitch while both were employed at Argonne National Laboratories, working on the postwar Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago. Mrs. Fitch was a military wife and mother and moved with her husband and family to many duty stations in the United States. After settling in the Washington area in 1958, she became active in her community, founding and acting as president of the Sycamore Citizens Association.

She served as an official hostess for the City of Rockville, and had her own radio show on Sunday mornings, giving tips on beauty, fitness, etiquette and entertaining. Through the 1960s and 1970s, she operated Montgomery Models, a modeling agency specializing in informal fashion shows.

In 1992 Mrs. Fitch retired from a 25-year career in banking, assisting in the development of the credit card departments of First National Bank of Maryland, Suburban Trust and Riggs National Bank.

After retirement Mrs. Fitch co-founded the Professional Hula Ohana Dance Troupe, performing dances of the Pacific Rim. Until the time of her death, she remained a principal dancer with the troupe.

Mrs. Fitch was a Roman Catholic.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur Fitch Jr. of Rockville; one son, James Fitch of Pawleys Island, S.C.; two daughters, Kathleen Weiss of Miami and Leslie Meyers of Winchester, Va.; a sister, Madeline Siciarz of Lansing, Ill.; a brother, Daniel Guadagno of Calumet City, Ill.; a special niece, Constance Goymerac of Redlands, Calif.; four grandchildren; and many other nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 28 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Olney.

The family suggests memorials to The Rice Museum, 633 Front St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440.

John H. Grimes Jr.

John H. Grimes Jr., 79, of Rockville died March 1 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

Born Feb. 14, 1924, in Brookeville, he was a son of the late John H. Grimes Sr. and Ethel Groshon Grimes.

Mr. Grimes was a 1942 graduate of Rockville High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1946. He worked for the U.S. Secret Service and retired as an inspector after approximately 30 years of service.

He was of the Protestant faith.

Mr. Grimes was a member of Rockville American Legion, the U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division Retirement Association, the Association of Retired Police of the District of Columbia, the Federal Criminal Investigators Association, the Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Survivors include two sisters, Doris I. Hill and husband Cliff of Clarksburg, and Grace E. Howard and husband James of Monrovia; special friends, Tommy Arnold and Jerry Nicholson of Rockville, and Rose Roberts of Gaithersburg; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond L. Grimes.

Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Muriel H. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Road in Laytonsville. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at noon Thursday. Burial will be in Laytonsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

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