Joseph Penn Breedlove Company President
Joseph Penn Breedlove, 85, president of a property management company in Washington for many years, died of congestive heart failure April 4 at his home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He was a longtime Chevy Chase resident before moving to Florida in 1999.
Mr. Breedlove was born in Durham, N.C., and attended Duke University. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served with an artillery division in Europe, where he participated in the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.
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He moved to Washington in 1946 to join William J. Davis Inc., a real estate property management firm with offices in downtown Washington. He was president of the company for many years before retiring in 1989.
Mr. Breedlove was a fan of Duke basketball and was interested in travel, music, history and model trains.
His wife, Dorothy Breedlove, died in 2000. A daughter, Susan Breedlove Conner, died in 1995.
Survivors include his daughter, Ruthanne Breedlove Stabler of Ponte Vedra Beach; and three grandchildren.
Mary Boone Dawson Secretary
Mary Boone Dawson, 82, a retired Winchester secretary, died of a stroke April 15 at Loudoun Hospital Center.
Mrs. Dawson was born in Stanford, Ky., and moved to Falls Church as a child. She graduated from Falls Church High School and Strayer Business College and attended West Virginia University Institute of Technology (then known as New River State College) in New River, W.Va.
During World War II she worked for the American Red Cross at Fort Meyer. After the war she moved to a farm in western Loudoun County, near the community of Neersville. Living on the farm, she was active with Loudoun County Cooperative Extension and the 4-H club. She also played the organ for Ebenezer Methodist Church in Neersville.
In 1974, she moved to Winchester, where she worked as a secretary in the respiratory therapy department at Winchester Hospital and as a secretary for Cives Steel Co. She retired in 1992.
In retirement, she volunteered as a driver and reader for the local association for the blind and also volunteered at Blue Ridge Hospice. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Winchester.
In 2000, she returned to the family farm in Loudoun, where she was active with the Neersville seniors' group and resumed attending Ebenezer Methodist.
Mrs. Dawson's marriage, to Ichabud W. Dawson, ended in divorce.
Survivors include three children, Marsha Gochnauer, Sue Dawson and Syd Dawson, all of Neersville; a sister; and one grandchild.
Donald William Kuhn Nuclear Engineer
Donald William Kuhn, 84, a nuclear engineer with the Department of Energy, died of complications of an aneurysm April 19 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. He lived at the National Lutheran Home in Rockville.
During his 32-year career, he was involved in the development of peaceful uses of nuclear power, including marketing of nuclear reactor fuel rods to such foreign countries as Japan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. He retired from the Energy Department in 1983.
Dr. Kuhn was born in Albany, N.Y., and graduated first in his class from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. During World War II, he worked on the Manhattan Project, which produced the first atomic bombs. He earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from Brown University in 1949.
A resident of Wheaton for 30 years, Dr. Kuhn moved to Rockville four years ago.
He was an active member of Viers Mill Baptist Church in Silver Spring, serving as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a regular driver for Meals on Wheels for 22 years and led weekly services at Randolph Hills Nursing Center in Wheaton.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Emma Payne Kuhn of Rockville; five children, Judy Kuhn of Gaithersburg, Doug Kuhn of Reston, David Kuhn of Chicago, Jennifer Kuhn of San Francisco and Donna Kuhn of Olney; a brother; two sisters; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.