Georgina Goncalves de Oliveira
Georgina Goncalves de Oliveira, a Reston resident and naturalized citizen from Brazil, died Sept. 23, after a brief illness. She was 72.
De Oliveira, who never married, spent almost her entire adult life as a caregiver for her disabled employer, Mary Jane Bordenlos, now deceased. Bordenlos and her husband, Alfred J. Bordenlos, also deceased, brought de Oliveira to Reston at the termination of an overseas tour of duty in Brazil. Following the death of her employers, de Oliveira was able to continue living in the Bordenlos’ house in the Golf Course Square Cluster of Hunters Woods because of provisions made in the Bordenlos’ wills, which included a life estate in the residence.
De Oliveira, whose primary language was Portuguese, became a naturalized citizen in August 1999. Her immediate neighbors, Kay Rodgers, Camilla Ann Scott, Hannah Uster and Alice Demichelis, and other close friends, looked after de Oliveira during her recent illness.
She is survived by relatives in Brazil, including a sister, Italina Santo Cantos; and several nieces and nephews, one of whom, Jussimara de Oliveira Saraiva, arrived in Reston to attend memorial services scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
Irving Drill, Broadcaster
Irving Drill, a Reston resident for more than 30 years, died Sept. 17 at Fairfax Hospital.
Drill was born in Newark, N.J. He attended Upsala College and received a bachelor of arts degree from New York University. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II.
Drill began his career in 1951 as an announcer at WVEC radio and television, in Hampton, Va., where he used the broadcasting name Bob Drill. He later was program director and chief announcer there and won a first place award for news coverage from the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
In 1956, he joined ABC Television in New York and became director of traffic operations. His work included satellite communications for coverage of the moon walk and several Olympics.
He moved to Northern Virginia in 1970 to join COMSAT (Communications Satellite Corp.). He was vice president of the Board of Vecinos Unidos/Neighbors United in Herndon and tutored at its after school homework assistance program. He was also a UNICEF volunteer working in the Trick or Treat and Holiday card programs. He was a member and co-chair of the Civil, Human and Voting Rights Task Force of the Washington Inter-Religious Staff Community in Washington, D.C.
Drill recently taught “Introduction to Jazz” at the Vienna Community Center. He was a founding member and several term president of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society in Vienna.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 51 years, Janet Drill of Reston; four children, Lawrence Michael Drill of Mechanicsville, Md., Steven Charles Drill of Reston, Laura Gayle Williams of Blacksburg, Va. and Sabrina Lynn Drill of Los Angeles, Ca.; and nine grandchildren.
Contributions may be made in his name to Vecinos Unidos/Neighbors United or the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.