Frances Byars Fulton Secretary, Church Member
Frances Byars Fulton, 90, a secretary and longtime Baptist church member, died April 23 of congestive heart failure at a retirement home in Honey Brook, Pa., where she had lived since 2003.
Mrs. Fulton had lived in the Washington area since 1934, when she arrived from her home town of Houston, Miss. After attending what is now Strayer University, she held secretarial positions with the federal government in the 1930s and early 1940s. From 1955 to 1975, she was a secretary with the U.S. Maritime Administration.
She was a member of Montgomery Hills Baptist Church in Silver Spring for almost 70 years. She was active in the Women's Missionary Society of the D.C. Baptist Convention for more than 50 years and held a number of leadership positions.
Mrs. Fulton was a skilled porcelain artist and met once a week for more than 30 years with a group of fellow china painters. Through an elaborate process of glazing and firing, she painted decorative designs on plain china, including dishes, teapots and vases.
She lived in Beltsville for many years before moving to Leisure World in Silver Spring in the mid-1980s.
Her husband of 45 years, Clifford E. Fulton, died in 1984.
Survivors include two children, Nancy F. Johannes of White Stone, Va., and Charles R. Fulton of Phoenixville, Pa.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Charles Edwin Nicklas Foreign Service Officer
Charles Edwin Nicklas, 81, a retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died April 24 of complications from a stroke at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. He was a Potomac resident.
Mr. Nicklas was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from high school in Clarksburg, W.Va. He enlisted in the Army in 1943, and after the war he attended Clemson University in South Carolina. He received an associate's degree from American University in 1951.
He moved to Washington in the early 1940s to work for the Department of the Army at the Pentagon, where he participated in the first Civil Service administrative intern program. In 1956, he joined the International Cooperation Administration, which became the Agency for International Development.
As a foreign service officer, Mr. Nicklas served in the Philippines, Chile, Brazil and Vietnam. While in Manila, he worked closely with the budget commissioner of the Republic of the Philippines on a management improvement program. In Chile, he assisted the government on the nation's first tax code manual. He retired in 1975.
After a few years of retirement in Florida, he returned to the Washington area and started a second career as a real estate agent for Weichert Shannon and Luchs, where he was a member of the Million Dollar Club. He retired again in 1985.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Margaret M. Nicklas of Potomac; and three children, Nancy M. Nicklas of Springfield, Donald C. Nicklas of Potomac and Alice McGann of Annandale.
Roland Henry Tanck GWU Professor
Roland Henry Tanck, 88, a professor at George Washington University for two decades, died of coronary artery disease April 26 at the National Lutheran Home for the Aged in Rockville.