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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Gerson I. NadellBusiness Owner

Gerson Irving Nadell, 89, the owner and operator of Silver Spring Blueprinting, which handled the printing needs for architectural firms, died June 1 at the Washington Home hospice after a stroke.

Mr. Nadell, a Bethesda resident, was born in Revere, Mass., and served in the Army in Europe during World War II. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star.

Afterward, he settled in the Washington area and became credit manager for Herson's 8th and O, an auto dealer in Washington. He started his printing company in 1963 and sold it in 1981. He emphasized minority hiring in his business.

Over the years, he earned a brown belt in judo; opened his home to college students coming to Washington to protest the Vietnam War; and did volunteer reading at the Chevy Chase public library.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Anne Frank Nadell of Bethesda; two children, Nancy Salus of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Steven Nadell of Takoma Park; and two grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Wallace W. LittellUSIA Official

Wallace William Littell, 85, a U.S. Information Agency veteran who retired in 1985 as head of the Moscow office, died May 28 at his summer cabin in Sherman, Pa., after a heart attack.

Mr. Littell joined the State Department in 1949 and worked on educational and cultural exchanges after joining USIA by the late 1950s.

He was policy and research director of the American National Exhibit in Moscow in 1959 and held a series of other assignments in Eastern Europe.

He was a native of Meadville, Pa., and a 1947 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell College in Iowa. At Cornell, he was on a national championship wrestling team and was later named to the college's sports hall of fame.

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