Thursday, December 22, 2005

Robert Adams LincolnU.S. Information Official

Robert Adams Lincoln, 84, an official with the U.S. Information Agency, died of cancer Dec. 14 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in McLean.

Mr. Lincoln joined the agency in 1955 and served as a public affairs officer in Syria and Sri Lanka before becoming assistant secretary for the Near East and South Asia in 1963. His boss at the agency at the time was legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow. In 1964, Mr. Lincoln was named assistant director for Western Europe.

He was counselor for public affairs in Ankara, Turkey, from 1966 to 1971. From 1971 to 1973, he was head of the Joint U.S. Public Affairs Office, operated in Saigon by the Information Agency. He was instrumental in turning over official U.S. public relations duties to the Vietnamese.

Mr. Lincoln left the Information Agency in 1973 and moved to London, where he did research on economics. He moved to Richmond in 1975 and was director of community relations for Virginia Electric and Power Co. for two years before settling in Northern Virginia in 1979. From 1984 to 2004, he reviewed nonfiction books, mostly on foreign policy, for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Mr. Lincoln was born in Walton, N.Y., and graduated from Yale University in 1943. During World War II, he was an officer in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific.

He was a public relations officer for the New York Institute of Public Accountants before joining a Madison Avenue public relations firm in 1950.

Mr. Lincoln was a past president of the USIA Alumni Association and a member of the Public Diplomacy Foundation and an informal group of model-airplane enthusiasts. He was a member of the board of the Virginia Cultural Laureates Association, Hallcrest Heights Homeowners Association and an Indochinese refugee organization.

He received an award from the Association of Yale Alumni in 2003 for his service in Virginia and served for six years as corresponding secretary of his Yale alumni class. He was a member of the Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired.

His interests included old airplanes and automobiles. He built replicas of antique MG and Mercedes Benz cars, which he drove in parades. He was a published poet, and his paintings were publicly exhibited.

His marriage to Viola "Robbie" Lincoln ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Catherine Ruth Lincoln of McLean; a daughter from his first marriage, Leslie Cunningham of Austin, Tex.; two sons from his second marriage, Henry Allen Lincoln and Thomas Adams Lincoln, both of Philadelphia; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Cynthia G. FinkelElementary Teacher

Cynthia G. Finkel, 65, an elementary school teacher in Montgomery County, died Nov. 26 at Montgomery General Hospital of lingering complications from a liver transplant she received 13 years ago. She was a Rockville resident.

Mrs. Finkel moved to the Washington area in 1962 and taught on and off until 1991. She taught for the longest period of time at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, where she was the first-grade teacher. At the time of her retirement for health reasons, she was teaching first grade at Fallsmead Elementary School in Rockville.

Mrs. Finkel was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Queens College. She taught school in Syracuse, N.Y., for a year before moving to Montgomery County.

She was a member of B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville and Norbeck Country Club. In the 1970s and 1980s, she operated a stationery business from her home.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Allan Finkel of Rockville; two sons, Bryan Finkel of Greenwich, Conn., and Geoffrey Finkel of New York; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Eric R. HingerNavy Captain

Eric R. Hinger, 44, an Annandale High School graduate who was a Navy captain, test pilot and battle watch commander with the U.S. Strategic Command, died Nov. 26 at his home in Omaha after a heart attack.

A son of a naval aviator, Capt. Hinger was born in Carmel, Calif., and was raised in a number of cities before his family settled in the Washington area in 1970.

He graduated from Annandale High School eight years later and from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982. Commissioned an ensign, he served in various assignments with the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron, including with the VAW-121 "Bluetails" unit in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf.

As a test pilot, he set altitude and speed records in 1991 with the E-2C Hawkeye airborne warning and control system aircraft. At the time, he was stationed at the Naval Air Test Center of the Force Warfare Directorate at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

Capt. Hinger, who received a master's degree in military studies from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1998, was assigned this year to the U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Forces Component Command headquarters for the Space and Global Strike Command at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Survivors include his wife, Navy Capt. Paula Hubbard Hinger, and their daughter, Megan Hinger, both of Omaha; his parents, retired Navy Cmdr. Carl and Shirley Hinger of Gainesville, Fla.; and a sister.

Edward T. 'Ted' Barrett IICommerce Department Lawyer

Edward Tilton "Ted" Barrett II, 72, a retired Commerce Department lawyer who drafted legislation relating to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, product liability and health insurance, died Dec. 14 at his home in Harwich Port, Mass.

Mr. Barrett was a former Potomac resident who worked at the Commerce Department for 31 years, mostly in the economic affairs division.

There, he worked on legislative and policy initiatives from the administrations of President Lyndon B. Johnson to Bill Clinton.

Mr. Barrett, who also served as a federal liaison to state insurance commissioners, became an authority on tort reform, price controls, and the petroleum and steel industries.

In 1994, he retired to Harwich Port, where he had spent most of his childhood summers, sometimes racing the family sloop with his sister for the Stone Horse Yacht Club.

Mr. Barrett was born in Boston and raised in Milton, Mass. After serving two years in the Army, he graduated from Harvard University and worked in sales for a steel foundry equipment company in Portland, Ore. In 1970, he received a law degree from Catholic University.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Emily Lynch Barrett of Harwich Port; four children, Katharine Agnes Barrett of Bronxville, N.Y., Raymond F. Barrett II of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Edward Tilton Barrett II of Washington and Andrew Lynch Barrett of Milton; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.

William Bradford NickeyHigh School Teacher

William Bradford Nickey, 90, a retired teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, died Dec. 18 of complications of Parkinson's disease at his home in Arlington.

Mr. Nickey taught social studies and driver's education for 22 years at the high school before retiring in 1980.

He was born in Boiling Springs, Pa., and graduated from what is now Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He taught in Chambersburg, Pa., from 1948 until moving to the Washington area in 1958. Mr. Nickey received a master's degree in education from Maryland's Frostburg State University in 1972.

He loved nature, music, hunting, aviation and NASCAR racing, and he was a consummate joke-teller.

His marriage to Bertha Nickey ended in divorce. A son from that marriage, William Nickey Jr., died in 1997. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Grace Gulley Nickey of Arlington; two children from the first marriage, Ronald E.F. Nickey and Robert Steven Nickey, both of Shippensburg; four stepchildren, Patt Ross Bodine of New York City, W. Douglas Ross of Vienna, Paul B. Ross of Reston and Paige Ross Crumb of Vienna; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Christine Elizabeth ValmasseiPublic Relations Specialist

Christine Elizabeth Valmassei, 57, a public relations specialist in the telecommunications field who founded the Washington Telecom Newswire, died of breast cancer Dec. 20 at her home in Reston.

Ms. Valmassei had been an independent media consultant since 1997, after a career as a corporate spokeswoman and entrepreneur. She was founder and president of Washington Telecom Newswire, an electronic news service that began in 1993. She sold it in 1995 and continued to work there for two years as managing editor.

She was born in Monroe, Mich., and graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing. She worked for Booth Newspapers in Michigan, was a press official in the Michigan state legislature and a public affairs manager for GTE Corp.'s Washington office. She also directed the Washington Information Services Project at Bell Communications Research, which was jointly owned by the Bell telephone companies.

Ms. Valmassei was a volunteer with the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter. She also volunteered at Vice President Cheney's home.

Her marriage to Robert Fox ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Kenneth Allen "Skipp" Maiden of Reston; a stepson, William Allen Maiden of Seattle; and two brothers.

Pearlie Hargrave McKeoghFDA Administrative Assistant

Pearlie Hargrave McKeogh, 87, a World War II veteran who worked about 20 years for an agency of the Food and Drug Administration before retiring as an administrative assistant in 1977, died of colon cancer Dec. 10 at her home in Bowie.

Mrs. McKeogh was a native of Pillager, Minn. She worked briefly as an eighth-grade teacher before joining the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942. She was among the first group of women, other than nurses, to be sent overseas during the war.

She served in Algiers, Italy, England and France as a driver assigned to the headquarters of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. In North Africa, she met Michael "Mickey" McKeogh, who was Eisenhower's orderly.

On Dec. 16, 1944, she and McKeogh were married at the Chapel of Versailles in France. Returning to the United States after the wedding, she settled in Landover in 1956 and spent most of her career at the FDA's Bureau of Veterinary Medicine.

After her retirement, she moved to Bowie, where she was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Her husband died in 1993.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann McKeogh of Bowie.

Reginald J. BrownArmy, Defense Official

Reginald J. Brown, 65, who retired in January as assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, and spent much of this year as a senior executive officer for the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, died Dec. 17 at his home in Solomons. He had pancreatic cancer.

After active-duty service in the Army, Mr. Brown began his federal career in the early 1970s. His positions included: associate director for economic analysis at the Defense Manpower Commission; executive director of the President's Commission on Military Compensation; and director of energy, chemicals and public utilities in the Office of Price Monitoring of the Council on Wage and Price Stability.

For much of the 1980s, he was a senior fellow for energy and strategic studies at Georgetown University's Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He was an assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development before joining the Army Department in 2001.

Reginald Jude Brown was a native of New Orleans and a 1961 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He received a master's degree in public administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Starting in 1961, he spent a decade in the Army, served in the Vietnam War and rose to the rank of major. His decorations included the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal.

His federal honors included the Army's Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

He was a board member of Capital Technology Information Services of Rockville, which provides software for managing large-scale clinical trials; and Caelum Research Corp. of Rockville, a government contracting firm specializing in aerospace engineering and applied sciences.

He had a second home in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife, Emilia Chong Brown, whom he married in 1963, of Solomons and Alexandria; two children, Eric Brown of Vienna and Denise Lawson of Springfield; a brother; two sisters; and five grandchildren.

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