Notable deaths in the Washington area

June 5

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

Charles W. Sharp, biochemist

Charles W. Sharp, 80, a biochemist who spent nearly 35 years at the National Institute on Drug Abuse before retiring in 2008, died May 5 at a hospital in Olney, Md. The cause was complications from pneumonia, said a son, Steve Sharp.

Dr. Sharp, a Silver Spring resident, was born in Winchester, Ind., and grew up in Indianapolis. At NIDA, he oversaw efforts to investigate the root causes of substance abuse, particularly inhalants. He also studied the effects of drug abuse on the immune system and the effects of AIDS on the brain. He was a founding member of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology, a discipline that he helped create. He was the recipient of many professional awards.

Irene T. Kandl, homemaker

Irene T. Kandl, 89, a homemaker who raised her children in the District and later in Annandale, Va., died May 5 at a hospital in Falls Church, Va. The cause was septic shock, said a daughter, Mary Bolinger.

Mrs. Kandl was born Irene Reed in Round Hill, Va. Her jobs included working at a Peoples Drug store in the District and cleaning houses. She belonged to St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Annandale and received baking prizes at 4-H fairs in Loudoun County.

Harvey G. Brooks, congregation member

Harvey G. Brooks, 49, an Oxon Hill, Md., resident who belonged to the Congress Heights Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, died May 29 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was complications from gallbladder surgery, said his sister, Brenda Pinckney.

Mr. Brooks was born in Asheboro, N.C., and grew up in Oxon Hill. He participated in the Arc of Prince George’s County, a program for people with developmental disabilities, and received awards from the organization for his artistic and athletic achievements.

Lucretia De Wolf Hosmer, government employee

Lucretia De Wolf Hosmer, 84, a Bethesda resident who retired in 1999 after nearly two decades as a grants management specialist with the National Cancer Institute, died May 26 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was a stroke and acute respiratory failure, said her husband, Stephen T. Hosmer.

Lucretia De Wolf was a Philadelphia native and worked in Washington from 1956 to 1964 as a CIA officer specializing in Soviet affairs. She served on the board of directors of the old Montgomery County Association for Children with Learning Disabilities and belonged to organizations including the Sulgrave Club in Washington and the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.

Richard D. Pardo, forestry expert

Richard D. Pardo, 81, a longtime Arlington and Alexandria resident who worked in forestry management for nearly four decades, died May 30 at an assisted living facility in Fort Washington, Md. The cause was dementia, said a daughter, Virginia Pardo.

Mr. Pardo was born in Seattle and served in the Army Corps of Engineers before beginning his forestry career in the late 1950s. He worked for the American Forestry Association in Washington, including as director of programs and legislative affairs, before becoming a forestry officer at the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. Mr. Pardo also did consulting work on international forestry policy and retired in 1996 from Chemonics International, a development organization.

Edwin S. ‘Ted’ Belknap, CIA officer

Edwin S. “Ted” Belknap, 93, a CIA intelligence officer for 26 years who specialized in radar and short-wave communications, died May 24 at a nursing center in St. George, Utah. The cause was pneumonia, said a daughter, Kathryn McElwain.

Mr. Belknap was born in Shanghai, where his father was employed by the British American Tobacco Co. During his CIA tenure, he lived in Taiwan for a decade and established clandestine radio stations in Communist China, said a daughter. After retiring from the CIA in 1976, he worked as the sailboat charter manager at Hartge Yacht Yard in Galesville, Md., until 1994. He lived in Vienna, Va., and Galesville before settling in St. George in 2002. At 90, he competed in a 50-meter dash at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George.

Patricia B. Norland, ambassador’s wife

Patricia B. Norland, 94, who spent many years abroad as the wife of a diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to four African countries, died May 20 in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the home of her son, Richard Norland, the U.S. ambassador to Georgia. She had Alzheimer’s disease, said a daughter, Kit Norland.

Mrs. Norland was born Patricia Bamman in Miami, Ariz. After her marriage in 1952, she accompanied her husband, Donald R. Norland, on his Foreign Service postings and ambassadorial assignments to Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Chad, until the early 1980s. During her time abroad, she volunteered with the Red Cross in Botswana and taught English at what is now the University of N’Djamena in Chad. She lived in Arlington before moving to Vietnam in 2007 and Tbilisi in 2012.

Irene B. Drake, NIH secretary

Irene B. Drake, 92, a secretary at the National Institutes of Health from 1964 until her retirement in 1986, died April 29 at a hospital in Bethesda. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Pamela Scherer.

Mrs. Drake was born Irene Bokowski in Baltimore. From 1948 to 1956, she did secretarial work for the Food and Drug Administration. She was a Montgomery County Meals on Wheels volunteer and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville.

J. Sprigg Duvall IV, insurance company CEO

J. Sprigg Duvall IV, 85, who retired in 1991 as chief executive of Victor O. Schinnerer, a Chevy Chase-based company that became one of the country’s largest managing general underwriters for insurance programs, died May 7 at a hospital in Bethesda. The cause was inflammation in his large intestine, said a daughter, Sandra Duvall Meyer.

Mr. Duvall, a Potomac resident, was born in Washington and grew up in Silver Spring. He spent 35 years with Schinnerer, where he helped start one of the first fully integrated professional liability and risk management programs for architects and engineers. He was an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Walter G. ‘Nick’ Farr Jr., housing nonprofit executive

Walter G. “Nick” Farr Jr., 89, a lawyer who served from 1992 to 2002 as executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing in Columbia, Md., a nonprofit group formerly known as the National Center for Lead-Safe Housing, died May 27 at a hospital in Silver Spring. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Steve Farr.

Mr. Farr, a resident of Kensington, Md., was born in Wenonah, N.J. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was an administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, director of the Model Cities Administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and general counsel of the Economic Development Administration. He later was an executive vice president of Wells Fargo Mortgage and vice president at the Enterprise Foundation, a housing and community development nonprofit organization in Columbia. From 1969 to 1977, he was a New York University law professor.

Eugene G. Bujac, postmaster

Eugene G. Bujac, 91, a Postal Service employee who served as postmaster of Bowie, Md., and later Hyattsville before retiring in 1972, died June 1 at a hospice in Linthicum, Md. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Greg Bujac.

Mr. Bujac, an Annapolis resident, was born in Cumberland, Md. He was an Army veteran of World War II and participated in the Normandy invasion, his family said. He was a charter member of the Christian Community Presbyterian Church in Bowie and a charter and life member as well as past commander of a Disabled American Veterans chapter in Bowie. He was a Mason and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

— From staff reports