Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Herbert G. BanhamNavy Captain, Appraiser

Herbert G. Banham, 75, a retired Navy captain who was a real estate appraiser in Northern Virginia, died March 9 of diabetes and kidney failure at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Florida.

Capt. Banham, who was in the Navy for 26 years, served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After retiring in 1979, he began his second career in Northern Virginia.

He was a native of Cambridge, Mass., and graduated from Tufts University.

Capt. Banham lived in Reston for about 20 years and was a youth basketball coach in Centreville. He moved to Dunnellon, Fla., eight years ago.

He was a longtime fan of the Atlanta Braves.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Banham of Dunnellon; five children, Herbert George Banham III of Hampstead, Md., Cynthia Fitzgerald of Hernando Beach, Fla., Michael Banham of Suwanee, Ga., Matthew Banham of Jackson, N.H., and Laura Wilton of Sterling; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Daniel Israel GordonNaval Research Physicist

Daniel Israel Gordon, 86, a research physicist with the Navy, died of an intracerebral hemorrhage March 5 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.

He specialized at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in the development of magnetic materials and sensing devices. They were used in mines, minesweepers, the Apollo 16 lunar surface magnetometers, the Voyager missions to Jupiter and Saturn, the Viking Mars orbiter-lander and Sidewinder weapons.

He was among the first to study nuclear radiation effects on magnetic materials. Toward the end of his career, he served as manager of the Very High Speed Integrated Circuit program for the Naval Sea Systems Command.

Mr. Gordon was born in Norwich, Conn., and graduated from Yale University, then moved to Washington in 1942. He received a master's degree in engineering from Yale in 1947. He also pursued graduate study in physics at the University of Maryland and in 1968-69 served as guest scientist in Israel at the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Mr. Gordon held six patents and published more than 65 professional articles and book chapters. He served as an officer and past president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Magnetics Society and chaired many of its technical, editorial and management committees. He was general chairman of the 1980 International Magnetics Conference.

Mr. Gordon joined Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase in 1952, serving as an officer and past president as well as chairing many committees. He also represented Ohr Kodesh as its delegate to the World Council of Synagogues.

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