Thursday, March 16, 2006

Sidney Myer PlitmanAuto Dealership Manager

Sidney Myer Plitman, 83, a retired general manager with a Pontiac dealership in Rockville, died of cancer March 12 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Plitman was born in the District and graduated from Central High School in 1941. He attended Iowa State University and enlisted in the Army Air Forces at the outbreak of World War II. He served in the Pacific theater.

After the war, he owned a truck- and tractor-leasing business in the District and then joined Tom Hatton Pontiac on Rockville Pike, where he worked for 15 years. He retired as general manager in 1988.

He was president of the Montgomery County Swimming League in the late 1960s and enjoyed playing bridge.

In retirement, Mr. Plitman enjoyed getting together with fellow members of the Sunshine Breakfast Club -- retired Jewish veterans, most of whom lived in Bethesda. He also was a volunteer with Lifeline, a Suburban Hospital program providing emergency communication devices for people confined to their homes.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Sally Plitman of Bethesda; three sons, Stuart Plitman of Leesburg, Michael Plitman of Panama City, Fla., and Mark Plitman of Olney; and eight grandchildren.

Henry Beecher WardBudget Analyst

Henry Beecher Ward, 85, a retired budget analyst with the Department of the Air Force, died March 8 of cardiorespiratory arrest at his home in Sterling.

Mr. Ward was born in Richmond and after high school worked as a bookkeeper at Central National Bank in Richmond. After several promotions, he took a position as a bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Based in Richmond, his territory covered southern Virginia and North Carolina. Shortly after the onset of World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and after graduating from Officer Candidate School served as a budget officer.

After the war, he attended the University of Richmond and received an undergraduate degree in business administration in 1955. He attended one year of law school and then decided to work as a budget analyst with the Army Chemical Corps, then at Gravelly Point in Arlington.

He went to work as a civilian budget analyst for the Air Force in 1962. He retired in 1972 after more than 28 years of government service and continued working as a buyer for Fries, Beall & Sharp of Springfield. He retired again in 1982.

From the end of World War II until 1974, he served in the Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of colonel in 1970. He retired in 1974.

A longtime resident of Springfield, he moved to Falcons Landing, a senior residence in Sterling, in 1996.

His wife, Frances Galvin Ward, died in 1998.

Survivors include four children, Elizabeth Putnam of Warrenton, Stephen Ward of San Francisco, William Ward of Germantown and Ann Lindengren of Bluemont; and seven grandchildren.

Dorothy A. BoggsArmy Wife, Bank Worker

Dorothy A. Boggs, 91, a former Army wife who worked at the old Arlington Trust Co. while living in McLean, died March 5 of Alzheimer's disease at Comprehensive Healthcare of Clearwater in Florida. She was a resident of Clearwater.

She was born Dorothy Bodden in the Cayman Islands and spent her childhood there and in Kingston, Jamaica. She lived in McLean during her husband's military assignments over several years in the 1960s and early 1970s. She was active in the local Officers Wives Club, the PTA at McLean High School and the McLean Hamlet Citizens Association. She also volunteered to collect donations in her neighborhood for the American Cancer Society.

She moved to Florida in 1974.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, retired Army Col. A. Dale Boggs of Clearwater; a daughter, Dale Adair Boggs of Silver Spring; and a sister.

Daniel Edwin CameronBank Employee

Daniel Edwin Cameron, 78, who worked in the Cheverly operations center of Citizens Bank of Maryland before retiring in the early 1980s, died Feb. 28 of coronary artery disease at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall.

He was born in Birmingham and served in the Air Force as a parachute rigger/mechanic. After moving to the Washington area, he worked for the U.S. Post Office and People's Drug store before joining the bank.

Mr. Cameron was a longtime member of Landover Hills Baptist Church before moving to Charlotte Hall and transferring his membership to Victory Baptist Church. He was a member of the choir at both churches and a "prayer warrior."

While living in Charlotte Hall, he enjoyed doing volunteer work.

His wife, Evelyn V. Oliff Cameron, died in 1996. Three stepsons also died, James S. Oliff in 1980 and Julian E. Oliff and Frank L. Oliff, both in 1992.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Grace Korn of Lusby; 15 step-grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Cecelia J. DadianPublication Editor

Cecelia J. Dadian, 89, a retired senior editor at the American Historical Association, died of congestive heart failure at her home in the District.

Mrs. Dadian was born in Menomonie, Wis., and grew up in Racine, Wis. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1938 with a bachelor's degree in English and education. After graduation, she spent a year teaching elementary school in Washington state and then returned to Racine, where she worked for several years as an editor at Western Printing.

After her marriage in 1946, she spent several years in occupied Tokyo with her husband, a Japanese-language specialist. She returned to the United States in 1949 and lived in Madison while her husband finished work for his undergraduate degree. They then moved to Cambridge, Mass.

She moved to Washington in 1953 and was active for nearly 20 years as a homemaker and Parent Teacher Association leader at John Eaton School, where she helped create the school's first library and art program. She also worked to preserve trees and green space in Cleveland Park and was active in organizing community support for home rule in Washington.

In 1972, after her children were grown, she joined the editorial staff of the American Historical Association, a national academic and professional organization for historians. During her 30-year career at the AHA, she worked on most of its major publications, including the "American Historical Review," the "AHA Newsletter" (later called "Perspectives"), the organization's annual report, teaching pamphlets and many smaller publications. For 14 years, she served as primary editor for the AHA's bibliographic compilation, "Recently Published Articles."

Mrs. Dadian was known as the AHA's resident expert on grammar and style and was a mentor and confidante to several generations of young AHA editors. When she retired in 2003, she was awarded a lifetime membership in the organization.

Her husband, Arnold H. Dadian, died in 2000.

Survivors include three children, Christopher Dadian of St. Louis, Margaret "Cricket" Dadian of Takoma Park and Aram "Chip" Dadian of Rosemont, N.J.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Delton W. FranzMennonite Official

Delton W. Franz, 73, a former pastor who organized a Mennonite social services and lobbying agency, died March 6 at Ingleside Presbyterian Retirement Community in Washington. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Franz was born in Hutchinson, Kan., and graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. In 1958, he received a bachelor of divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Chicago.

He was pastor of Woodlawn Mennonite Church in Chicago from 1955 to 1968. During that time, he took a year off to study at Union Theological Seminary in New York, receiving a master's degree in sacred theology in 1964.

In 1968, Mr. Franz moved to Washington and opened the Mennonite Central Committee office. He was the Mennonite Church's primary liaison to lawmakers and other Washington policymakers. He organized relief missions to parts of the world stricken with poverty or natural disaster and was a founding member of Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition of 20 religious groups. In 1993, he attended the signing of the Oslo Middle East peace accords at the White House.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Franz was active in the civil rights movement in the South and was an acquaintance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He also had an interest in policies affecting Latin America, and he traveled frequently throughout the world.

He lived in Washington and was a member of Hyattsville Mennonite Church.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Marian C. Franz of Washington; three children, Gregory C. Franz of Pasadena, Calif., Gayle S. Franz of Newton, Kan., and Coretta J. Franz-Eby of Lancaster, Pa.; a sister; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Reuben E. 'Pete' HunterFirefighter

Reuben E. "Pete" Hunter, 74, a Bethesda resident and a retired Montgomery County firefighter, died Feb. 17 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital of respiratory failure. Lewy body disease, a dementia caused by damage in the brain, was diagnosed last year.

Mr. Hunter was born in the District and grew up in Bethesda. He dropped out of school the summer after sixth grade to help support his family after his mother died, and he found work at the Bethesda Country Club and a Glen Echo Esso station. In the early 1970s, he received his general equivalency diploma.

He joined the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department in 1952 and remained active until 2004.

He worked in construction until 1958, when he began his professional firefighting career as the second full-time firefighter hired by the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department. He retired from the department in 1973 and took a job with a Bethesda-based construction company.

A son recalled that he could fix anything, and people were always dropping by the house to seek his help. In 1992, he began an auto- and small-engine repair business in his garage and kept it open until 2000, when his health began to fail.

Mr. Hunter was a life member of the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department and a retired member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1664. He loved hunting, fishing, boating and camping and also enjoyed attending bluegrass festivals.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jane Hunter of Bethesda; three children, Robert Hunter of Poolesville, Lee Hunter of Frederick and Penny Aubertin of Mount Airy; a brother; and five grandchildren.

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