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Tris Johnson Artist

Tris Johnson, 53, a former advertising agency creative director who had been a freelance artist working in metal and stone sculpting since 1999, died of complications from a pulmonary embolism March 11 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

Mr. Johnson, a Gaithersburg resident, settled in the Washington area in 1985 after doing advertising and art work in Denver and Somerville, Mass.

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He was creative art director at Fast and Associates and then at the Stern Agency, both in Columbia, before turning to his art.

Robert Tris Johnson was a native of Austin and a graduate of Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Colorado.

He served in the Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971, and his decorations included the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

He received the Silver Star for reconnaissance operations in September 1970. While in a former enemy base camp, his company came under intense fire, and their machine gunner was hit while trying to fire a malfunctioning gun.

Mr. Johnson exposed himself to fire to secure the machine gun, cleared the weapon and sprayed the enemy with bullets to halt its assault.

"The fire provided by Private Johnson allowed the wounded personnel to withdraw from the area," his citation read. "Private Johnson then began to withdraw, pulling the wounded machine gunner with him as he continued to engage the enemy positions with effective fire."

He was a member of Seneca Creek Community Church in Germantown.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, B. Carol Sims Johnson of Gaithersburg; his mother, Laura Mae Johnson of Austin; and a brother.

Edward A. Marasciulo Foreign Service Officer

Edward Alexander Marasciulo, 80, a retired Foreign Service officer who specialized in Latin American affairs, died March 10 at a nursing home in Chapel Hill, N.C. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Marasciulo settled in the Washington area in 1953, the year he joined the Foreign Service. His career included work in Central America with the Institute of Inter-American Affairs, an organization providing technical assistance to Latin America, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

His final assignment, in 1976, was in Washington as associate assistant administrator of USAID's Latin-America bureau.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and served in the Marine Corps in Asia during World War II. His decorations included two awards of the Purple Heart.

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