Francis Xavier O'Brien C&P Employee
Francis "Iwo" Xavier O'Brien, 74, a retired engineer planner for the old Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co., died of cancer April 18 at his home in Annapolis.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. O'Brien grew up in the Brookland neighborhood and attended St. Anthony's grade and high schools, graduating from McKinley Tech High School. He enlisted in the Army infantry in 1948 and fought in the Korean War. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
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After leaving the military, he returned to Washington and worked his entire career for Chesapeake and Potomac, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, Brookland Club and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis. He enjoyed golf and bowling, as well as being with his grandchildren.
His son, Timothy O'Brien, died in 1990.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mary Ellen O'Brien of Annapolis; three children, Carrie Dworshak of Silver Spring; Patrick O'Brien of Silver Spring and Kevin O'Brien of Annapolis; and five grandchildren.
Duane L. Patterson Underwriter, Campaign Worker
Duane Lester Patterson, 77, who had worked since 1981 for Computer Science Corp., where he was senior underwriter on a contract to operate a national flood insurance program, died April 10 at his home in Bethesda after a heart attack.
Mr. Patterson was born in Akron, Ohio, and raised in the Ohio cities of Canton and Zanesville. He was a 1950 graduate of Denison University in Ohio, where he played football under coach Woody Hayes.
He settled in the Washington area after college and attended American University law school. A Republican, he spent many years working on campaigns. He also worked early in his career for an investment firm.
He volunteered with the Special Olympics and was a member of Bethesda Friends Meeting.
He also was a jazz enthusiast.
Elaine Dietch Patterson, his longtime companion and wife of one year, died in 1999. A stepson, Michael Dietch, died in 2004.
Survivors include a sister.