Obituaries

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Margaret C. AdamsState Department Employee

Margaret C. Adams, 85, a former analyst in the State Department's human resources office, died of a heart ailment Oct. 5 at Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Alexandria. She lived in Alexandria.

Ms. Adams was born in Beckley, W.Va., and moved to Washington in her youth. She attended Central High School in Washington and graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria.

She worked with the State Department for 34 years until retiring in 1977.

Survivors include a daughter from an early relationship, Marylin Adams of Alexandria.

Marshall HornblowerLaw Firm Partner

Marshall Hornblower, 88, a corporation lawyer and founding partner of the Washington law firm Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering, died Oct. 6 at his home in Washington. He had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Colleagues regarded Mr. Hornblower as a master draftsman in complex negotiations, and his clients included Kaiser Steel; the U.S. Railway Association, a federally created agency to oversee the government-owned Consolidated Rail Corp. (Conrail); and the Communications Satellite Corp. (Comsat), the federally created provider of satellite telecommunications.

He also spent 44 years as counsel for the Carnegie Institution of Washington, a scientific research organization.

The son and grandson of lawyers, George Marshall Hornblower was born in Manhattan, N.Y., and graduated from the Groton School in Massachusetts (1935), Princeton University (1939) and Yale Law School (1942).

After Navy service in Washington during World War II, he worked at Cox, Langford, Stoddard and Cutler.

One of the partners, Lloyd Cutler, started Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering in 1962. In 2004, it merged with a Boston firm to become Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Mr. Hornblower was largely retired by the mid-1990s.

He was a founder and former chairman of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's D.C. chapter. He also was a former trustee of the Potomac School, a private school in McLean.

At Princeton, he was coxswain of the varsity crew team, and sailing remained a lifelong interest. He had the nickname "Whistle" from a series of boats he owned named "Whistletoot" that he raced on Long Island Sound, the Potomac River and the lakes of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.


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