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Obituaries

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Raymond ShoemakerCIA Finance Officer

Raymond Sidney Shoemaker, 86, a retired finance officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, died of complications of diabetes Oct. 30 at Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockville.

Mr. Shoemaker worked for the CIA from 1952 to 1979, with assignments in Greece, Africa, Central America, South Vietnam, France and Germany. He received the agency's exceptional service award.

Mr. Shoemaker, who was born in Washington, graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and the old Benjamin Franklin University. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, North African, European and Pacific theaters.

After his retirement, he enjoyed genealogy and traced his family back to the 1600s.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Eileen Clarke Shoemaker of Bethesda; two daughters, Cynthia Shoemaker of Tucson and Anne Shoemaker of Colts Neck, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

Richard A. RadfordIMF Economist

Richard A. Radford, 87, an economist with the International Monetary Fund, died Nov. 7 at Maplewood Park Place retirement home in Bethesda. He had an infection from an aortic graft.

Mr. Radford was born in Nottingham, England, and left Cambridge University in 1939 to join the British army at the beginning of World War II. He was captured by enemy forces in Libya in 1942.

After the war, he returned to Cambridge and received a bachelor's degree in economics. In 1947, he moved to Washington to join the IMF. He traveled widely throughout the world and spent a year in Paraguay as the IMF representative.

At the time of his retirement in 1980, Mr. Radford was assistant director of the Fiscal Affairs Department.

Early in his IMF tenure, Mr. Radford taught economics at Johns Hopkins University. He also wrote an article, based on his wartime experiences, about the cigarette-based economic system of a prisoner-of-war camp.

He enjoyed travel, reading, gardening and genealogical study. He lived in Washington, Arlington and McLean before moving to Bethesda.

His first wife, Mary Radford, died in 1977.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Margaret Radford of Bethesda; three children from his first marriage, David Radford of Winchester, Va., Emily A. Radford of Alexandria and Arthur Radford of Vienna; a stepson, Michael Baird of Tucson; a brother; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Joseph A. McCannAirline Industry Lawyer

Joseph A. McCann, 78, a lawyer with the airline industry, died Oct. 16 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of complications related to Parkinson's disease. He lived in Vienna.

Mr. McCann was born in Boston and studied for the priesthood at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Mass. Leaving his studies before being ordained, he moved to New York in 1954 and became a reservations agent with American Airlines.

He later worked for Swissair and Pan American while attending St. John's University School of Law at night. He received his law degree in 1962 and transferred to Pan Am's legal department.

In 1973, Mr. McCann moved to Washington to work in the legal department of the Air Transport Association, the leading trade organization of the airline industry. His work focused primarily on regulatory matters.

In 1984, he became assistant general counsel of Airlines Reporting Corp., an airline-owned company that processes ticket sales by travel agents and corporations. He represented the company in arbitration cases and provided legal counsel. He retired in 1994 but continued as a consultant for several years.

Mr. McCann was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Vienna and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Eleanor McCann of Vienna; four children, Patricia McCann of Annandale, Gerard McCann of Denver, Elizabeth DiNorma of Woodbridge and Andrew McCann of Amissville, Va.; a sister; and one grandson.

Edmund Keith SutowState Department Analyst

Edmund Keith "Buzzy" Sutow, 56, a State Department program analyst, died of heart disease Nov. 7 at his Fairfax County home.

Mr. Sutow worked for the State Department for 25 years in embassies in Mexico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Bolivia. His most recent assignment was with the State Department's Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement in Washington.

He was born in Osaka, Japan, and grew up in Houston. He graduated from the University of Texas, then earned a master's degree in international relations from American University in 1981.

Survivors include his wife, Beatriz P. Sutow of Fairfax; a daughter, Erika Gomez of Oakton; two sisters; and a granddaughter.

Forrest P. ReynoldsMinister

Forrest P. Reynolds, 91, a retired United Methodist minister in Maryland, the District and West Virginia, died of a stroke Oct. 15 at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital in Rocky Mount, Va. He lived in Annapolis from 1998 until moving to Rocky Mount this year.

The Rev. Reynolds was born in Martinsburg, W.Va., and received an undergraduate degree from American University in 1942 and a doctorate of divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School (now Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School) in 1944.

He began his career in the ministry in 1945 in Richwood, W.Va. He served the Rivera Beach Community United Methodist Church in Rivera Beach, from 1955 to 1965, the Ryland Epworth United Methodist Church in the District from 1965 to 1977 and the Pasadena United Methodist in Pasadena from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 until his retirement in 1982, he was the minister at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring.

His son, Michael Reynolds, died in 2001.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mary Hancock Reynolds of Rocky Mount; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Jeannette Finch WhitneyLegal Secretary

Jeannette Finch Whitney, 90, a legal secretary and church member, died Nov. 1 at her home at the Vantage House retirement community in Columbia. She had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mrs. Whitney worked for 20 years as a legal secretary for the Navy and the Defense Department's Military Traffic Management Service. She retired in 1977.

She was born in Birmingham and came to Washington in 1935. She met her husband at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and was a parent's club leader and deaconess.

The family lived in Arlington, were she was active in Scouts and school programs and on Wakefield High School's curriculum committee.

After retiring, she lived in Leisure World in Silver Spring and moved to Vantage House in 1991. She continued to help others after suffering a paralyzing stroke in 1998.

Her pastimes included reading, entertaining, bridge, travel and music. She also enjoyed baking and was known for her homemade sweet rolls.

Her husband, Maynard H. Whitney, died in 1991. A daughter, Cherry Whitney, died in 1996.

Survivors include four children, James M. Whitney of Williamsburg, Nancy W. Vickers of Hague, Va., Jane W. Winston of Pontotoc, Miss., and Gayle W. Weaver of Sanford, N.C.; a sister; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Frank B. FarquharMerck Salesman

Frank Bernard Farquhar, 83, who from 1948 to 1986 did sales and marketing work in Southern Maryland for the drug maker Merck, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 8 at his home in Wilmington, N.C.

Mr. Farquhar was a native Washingtonian and a 1941 graduate of Gonzaga College High School. He was a Navy aviator in the Pacific during World War II and a 1948 graduate of Georgetown University.

He moved to Wilmington from Bethesda in 1989.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary Susan Caldwell Farquhar of Wilmington; a son, Gerald B. Farquhar of Marietta, Ga.; and a brother, Gerald W. Farquhar of Washington.

Arthur M. ScheidArmy Colonel

Arthur Mills Scheid, 95, an Army colonel who retired in 1966 as deputy assistant to the Army comptroller for fiscal policy and spent another seven years as a civilian in that job, died Oct. 23 at his home in McLean. He had cardiovascular disease.

Col. Scheid was an Arlington native and a graduate of Southeastern University law school.

He joined the Army in 1940 and spent many years in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. During the postwar years, he served on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's Far East Command and later was in the field judiciary.

His decorations included the Legion of Merit.

In retirement, he taught English to immigrants. He also enjoyed playing poker.

His wife, Polly Nolte Scheid, whom he married in 1943, died in 1999.

Survivors include two children, Christine Sloane of Oxford, Mich., and Richard Scheid of Northborough, Mass.; and four grandsons.

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