Notable deaths in the Washington area

May 20

Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Daniel B. Levine, Census Bureau official

Daniel B. Levine, 88, former deputy director of the Census Bureau and a senior consultant at Westat, died April 29 at a hospital in Bethesda. The cause was end stage renal disease, said a grandson, Joshua Levine.

Mr. Levine, a Silver Spring resident, was born in Hollywood, Calif. He joined the Census Bureau in 1948 and served as the bureau’s deputy director from 1979 until he left in 1982 to work in private consulting. During his tenure, he briefly served as acting director in 1982 and helped oversee the design and development of several of the bureau’s surveys, including the 1980 decennial census.

Edward J. Kaldor, CIA officer

Edward J. Kaldor, 90, a retired CIA officer whose overseas postings included Vienna and Okinawa, Japan, died May 7 at a hospice in Rockville. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Karen Morris.

Mr. Kaldor, who lived in Rockville, was born in St. Louis. He retired in 1984 after more than 30 years with the CIA. His work included service as a case officer and in the office of technical support.

Joseph Fromm, reporter and editor

Joseph Fromm, 94, a former editor and foreign correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, died May 10 at a retirement community in Mitchellville, Md. The cause was end stage vascular dementia, said a daughter, Lisa Cody.

Mr. Fromm was born in South Bend, Ind. For 40 years, he was a reporter and editor with U.S. News & World Report. His coverage included the civil war in China after World War II, the postwar occupation of Japan, the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, the siege of the French garrison at Dien Bien Phu during the French war in Indochina, the Korean War and the development of NATO. He was an assistant editor specializing in foreign affairs before he retired in 1985.

James Towns, dentist

James Towns, 84, a dentist in private practice in Washington from 1963 until his retirement in 2013, died May 6 at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. The cause was lymphoma and complications from congestive heart disease, said his wife, Donna Towns.

Dr. Towns was born in Minden, La., and raised in Muskogee, Okla. In the late 1960s, he was a part-time clinical assistant professor at Howard University’s dental school. He was a member of the peer review committee of the D.C. Dental Society and, in retirement, moved to West Palm Beach from North Bethesda, Md.

Willie ‘Dee’ Bartley, administrative assistant

Willie “Dee” Bartley, 77, an administrative assistant on Capitol Hill for 22 years, died May 13 at a hospital in San Antonio. The cause was pulmonary fibrosis, said a son, Gregory Bartley.

Mrs. Bartley was born Willie Grey in San Antonio and moved to the Washington area in 1967. Early in her career, she was a personal secretary to Sens. Alan Bible (D-Nev.) and Henry M. Jackson (D-Wash.). She also worked on the professional staff of Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Maine) and House Speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.). She moved to Bandera, Tex., from Potomac, Md., in 1993.

Leonard S. Kolsky, communications lawyer

Leonard S. Kolsky, 84, a communications lawyer for Motorola for 34 years, died May 7 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Reese Rowe.

Mr. Kolsky, a Washington resident, was born in Lawrence, Mass. At Motorola, he helped direct regulatory activities in the United States and abroad. After leaving Motorola in 1998, he served as counsel to the law firm Steptoe & Johnson in Washington and the McLean-based telecommunications firm Lukas Nace Gutierrez & Sachs. He was a member of Norbeck Country Club in Rockville.

Ann H. Brown, watercolor artist

Ann H. Brown, 91, a Washington watercolor artist for 41 years, died May 14 at her home in Washington. The cause was pneumonia, said a daughter, Janet Brown.

Mrs. Bartley, a third-generation Washingtonian, was born Ann Huidekoper. She specialized in paintings of nature and landscapes, and her work had been shown at many local art galleries. Her board memberships included the Decatur House in Washington, Planned Parenthood in Washington and what is now Children’s National Medical Center.

Stanley I. Bregman, lawyer

Stanley I. Bregman, 83, a former Washington lawyer and Democratic Party activist who was floor manager in the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey (D-Minn.) at the 1960 Democratic National Convention, died May 8 at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.

Mr. Bregman was a native Washingtonian and lived here until retiring to Albuquerque 19 years ago; he moved to Santa Monica in 2012. His political work also included the unsuccessful Adlai Stevenson-Estes Kefauver presidential and vice presidential campaign in 1956 and the successful Lyndon Johnson vice presidential campaign in 1960. As a lawyer, he helped negotiate the acquisition of the old Washington Senators baseball team by Robert Short in 1968. He retired from the law firm of Bregman, Abell and Kay.

Lucrecia C. Baracat, OAS information specialist

Lucrecia C. Baracat, 69, an information specialist at the Organization of American States for 45 years until her retirement in 2010, died May 9 at a hospice in Rockville. The cause was cancer, said her husband, Silas Baracat.

Mrs. Baracat was born Lucrecia Cochrane in Lima, Peru. She moved to the Washington area in 1964 and settled in North Potomac, Md., in early 1970s. She was a member of the Magdalena Foundation, an Alexandria-based scholarship program for students in Colombia.

Stephen R. Dinion, musician

Stephen R. Dinion, 46, a Washington area native who became a longtime percussionist and timpanist for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, died May 13 at a hospital in Hono­lulu. The cause was non-Hodgkin lymphoma, said his mother, Bernice Dinion.

Mr. Dinion was born Washington and grew up in Lorton. He moved to Hawaii in 1992 to joined the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, which later was renamed the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. He also performed in other ensembles and taught music in his studio and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was active in political groups advocating on behalf of workers and gay rights.

— From staff reports