Saturday, July 9, 2005

Nathan Ward OsbornBicycle Courier

Nathan Ward Osborn, 48, a Washington bike messenger and political action group activist, died of cancer June 16 at a holistic clinic in Tijuana, Mexico.

Mr. Osborn underwent chemotherapy at George Washington University Hospital before seeking treatment at the International Biocare Hospital in Tijuana in early June, said his wife, Daphne af Jochnick.

Mr. Osborn lived in Washington, where for 20 years he worked for different courier companies, most recently Dynamex in Arlington.

He competed in bike messenger races in Washington and Philadelphia and won medals in the senior division. He took part in antiwar demonstrations and volunteered with human rights organizations, principally the Washington office of the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network.

He served as a member of the network's executive committee, organized protests at the Indonesian Embassy and helped with efforts to lobby members of Congress.

In 1999, he went to East Timor to serve as a United Nations observer of the referendum for independence.

Mr. Osborn was born in Portland, Ore., and raised in a number of places, including Springfield and Washington. He also spent some time in La Paz, Bolivia, and Mexico City.

He graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1975 and Alfred University in New York in 1979. He received a master's degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina in 1981.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his father, Howard Osborn of Minneapolis; a sister, Victoria Rockman of Bethesda; and his paternal grandmother, Margo Osborn of Victoria, British Columbia.

Robert F. EldridgeAir Force Special Agent

Robert F. Eldridge, 86, a retired special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, died July 2 at his home in Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Eldridge was born in Washington and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1937. He worked at Bliss Electrical School while attending Columbus University, which is now Catholic University's law school. He received a bachelor's degree in law in 1940 and master's in law in 1941.

He was inducted into the Army and commissioned after attending Air Force Officer Training School in 1941. He served in the 7th Air Force in the Pacific during World War II.

He received several awards, including a Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy from Oct. 16, 1943, to June 14, 1945. He was recalled during the Korean War in 1950. He attained the rank of colonel in the Air Force Reserve.

After retiring, he remained in the Air Force intelligence office as a civilian until 1976.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Louise Eldridge; three children, Robert Eldridge Jr. of Boyds, Kenneth Eldridge of Cody, Wyo., and Cheryl Craig of Gaithersburg; and four grandchildren.

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