Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Mary Jane Capretti-BraunbergBank Manager

Mary Jane Capretti-Braunberg, 42, a bank manager, died of cancer Jan. 11 at her home in Rockville.

Ms. Capretti-Braunberg was born in Riverdale and graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. She worked for about 17 years at American Bank in Rockville and spent much of the past few years traveling, visiting her extended family in Italy.

Survivors include her husband of 14 years, Andrew Carey Braunberg of Rockville; her parents, Jane and Dominic Capretti of Daytona Beach, Fla.; a brother, Michael Capretti of Great Falls; and two sisters, Lori Brannigan of Jacksonville, Fla., and Cathy Catalona of Daytona Beach.

LeAnn CragunCollege Teacher

LeAnn Cragun, 60, a college teacher and administrator, died of metastatic cancer Jan. 10 at her home in Washington.

Beginning in 1984, Ms. Cragun taught for the overseas division of the University of Maryland's University College, in Germany, Belgium and Italy, before accepting an administrative job in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1988, she transferred to London to direct the school's programs in England and Iceland. She returned to the United States in 1990.

She rejoined the UMUC program in Asia in 1993 and taught in Japan and Okinawa before returning to the Washington area.

Ms. Cragun worked briefly as a contract employee with the Army's higher education program office and was at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists flew an airliner into the building. She was on the opposite side of the structure and escaped injury.

Born in Ogden, Utah, she attended Weber State College there and graduated from the University of Hawaii, where she also received her master's degree in 1976 and her doctorate in 1982, both in American studies. She spent the next year as a Fulbright scholar, teaching at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.

While living in London, Ms. Cragun became a skydiver. She pursued her hobby wherever she lived, including making several jumps from the Orange County airport in Virginia.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Air Force Col. Paul C. Phillips; four stepchildren, Patrick Phillips of Washington, Robin Phillips of Phoenix, Kelley Phillips of Kauai, Hawaii, and Moshe Obernstein of San Francisco; two brothers; two sisters; and eight grandchildren.

Edward Bennett SaltzmanPolice Sergeant

Edward Bennett Saltzman, 69, a former D.C. police officer who routinely escorted the motorcades for six presidents, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 6 at Future Care Chesapeake assisted living center in Arnold.

Mr. Saltzman joined the D.C. police force in 1961 and spent most of his service in the special operations division, where he became a sergeant. For all special presidential events from the Kennedy through the Reagan administrations, Mr. Saltzman drove with the call letters "Motor One." He also participated in hundreds of special events in which he met many foreign dignitaries, including Anwar Sadat and Pope Paul VI, and countless celebrities.

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