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December 28, 2013
Thomas P. Cameron
NIH official

Thomas P. Cameron, a veterinarian who later became a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and an official at the National Institutes of Health, died Nov. 28 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was 87.

The cause was cardiac arrest, said his son, John Cameron.

Dr. Cameron came to the Washington area in 1957 and had a small-animal veterinary practice in Camp Springs, Md., before joining the Public Health Service in 1963.

At the time of his retirement in 1993, he was assistant coordinator of the environmental carcinogenicity program at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute.

Thomas Price Cameron was born in North Bergen, N.J., and served as an Army combat infantryman in Europe during World War II.

He graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., in 1951 and received a doctorate in veterinary medicine degree at Cornell University in 1954.

He was a resident of Rockville, Md., and a member of several professional associations. He volunteered at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Rose Cameron of Rockville; two children, Nancy Roberts of Princeton Junction, N.J., and John Cameron of West River, Md.; and four grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

Robert W. McCaslin
FBI special agent

Robert W. McCaslin, an FBI special agent who in retirement renovated and remodeled houses in Alexandria, died Dec. 10 at his home in Alexandria. He was 96.

He had end-stage dementia, a son, John McCaslin, said.

Robert William McCaslin was born in Woodhull, N.Y. He graduated in 1939 from St. Bonaventure University, near Olean, N.Y., and later studied at Albany Law School in New York.

He joined the FBI in 1941 and had postings in Arkansas, New Jersey and New York City before being transferred to Washington.

In 1953, he married Wanda Larson, a onetime secretary at the FBI. She died in 1994.

Mr. McCaslin lived in a home he restored in Old Town Alexandria. He had a second home in White Stone, Va.

After his retirement from the FBI in 1977, he purchased, restored and sold other homes in Alexandria.

Mr. McCaslin was a former chairman of the Alexandria Republican City Committee and was a Eucharistic minister and lector at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria. As president of his church’s chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Mr. McCaslin renovated houses for the poor. He also helped found Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.

Survivors include three sons, Robert McCaslin of Kent Island, Md., and John McCaslin and Mark McCaslin, both of Alexandria; and eight grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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