Joseph E. Lazarsky
CIA operations officer
Joseph E. Lazarsky, a retired operations officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, died July 30 at Jackson House assisted living of Boston, Va. He was 91.
He died of heart disease, said a son, Joseph S. Lazarsky.
Mr. Lazarsky was a CIA officer from 1952 until he retired in 1978, serving in various posts in Asia and at CIA headquarters at Langley. He was chief of station in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972, a period of intense U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
Joseph Edward Lazarsky was born in Luzerne County, Pa. He attended Pennsylvania State University but left to join the Army before the United States entered World War II.
During the war, he served in the China-Burma-India theater with a detachment of the Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor of the CIA. He was a paratrooper and engaged in guerrilla combat operations behind enemy lines. His decorations included the Legion of Merit and a Distinguished Flying Cross.
After the war, Mr. Lazarsky returned to study at Penn State and later served as an Air Force officer. He was an air attache in India from 1948 to 1951.
He received the CIA Certificate of Distinction in 1968 and the National Intelligence Medal in 1978.
Since the late 1960s, Mr. Lazarsky had lived in Middleburg. His avocations included gardening and fishing.
His wife, Barbara Ward Lazarsky, whom he married in 1952, died in 2001.
Survivors include three children, Edward S. Lazarsky of Chittenango Falls, N.Y., Jinx Fox of Orlean and Christopher Lazarsky of Middleburg; and a granddaughter.
— Bart Barnes
insurance claims examiner
Alexander Tysen, who was a survivor of Nazi concentration camps before working for more than 30 years as an insurance claims examiner for Geico, died July 28 at the Angels Garden nursing facility in Silver Spring. He was 97.
He had dementia, his wife, Angela Tysen, said.
Mr. Tysen was born in St. Petersburg as Alexander Tyszynski to a Polish father and French mother. He grew up in Warsaw and received a law degree from the University of Warsaw.
He served as a Polish cavalry officer early in World War II before being taken prisoner by German forces in 1942. He was held in several concentration camps, including Auschwitz, for almost three years.
Mr. Tysen was among the few Polish Catholic survivors of the Holocaust.
Fluent in five languages, Mr. Tysen served as an interpreter for U.S. troops in Europe after the war. He came to the United States in 1947.
He settled first in Hartford, where he worked for several years with the Hartford insurance company before being transferred to Washington in the early 1950s. He later joined Geico, where he worked in the claims department for more than 30 years before retiring in 1993.
In the early 1950s, upon becoming a U.S. citizen, he changed his last name to Tysen.
He was a longtime resident of Silver Spring, where he was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. He occasionally gave talks about his experiences during World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Angela Vitagliano Tysen of the Brooke Grove retirement facility in Sandy Spring; and two sons, Thomas Tysen of Hagerstown, Md., and Robert Tysen of Lake Placid, N.Y.
— Matt Schudel
Glades Z. Overman
Glades Z. Overman, who worked in the Washington area as a Portuguese-English interpreter for more than 25 years, often accompanying Brazilian guests during visits with U.S. officials and at conferences, died Aug. 15 at an assisted living facility in Berryville, Va. She was 89.
The cause was pneumonia, said her daughter Janet Piez.
Glades Zambianchi was born in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. She settled in the United States after receiving a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Sao Paulo in 1945 and later became a U.S. citizen.
She had homes in Bethesda and in the District for nearly four decades and moved to Berryville several years ago.
Her first marriage, to Karl A. Piez, ended in divorce. Her husband of 35 years, Charles L. Overman, died in 2011. Survivors include three children from her first marriage, Janet Piez of New York City, Barbara Perona of Kilmarnock, Va., and Karl W. Piez of Worcester, Mass.; a sister; and four grandchildren.
— Emily Langer
Andrew J. Pearson
Andrew J. Pearson, who had taught physics and was a coordinator of high-performance computing at Florida International University in Miami since 2011, died July 25 at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly. He was 30.
The cause was an aneurysm and complications from Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that can result in a torn aorta, said his wife, Renee Michelle Goertzen.
Andrew James Pearson was a native of Wolverhampton, England. He was a 2005 graduate of University of Manchester in England and received a doctorate in physics from the University of Maryland in 2011.
He returned to the Washington area in April and telecommuted for his job in Miami. He was a Riverdale Park resident.