Monday, October 22, 2007

Robert Bruce WrightTeacher, Fire Instructor

Robert Bruce Wright, 62, a former elementary school teacher who spent more than 20 years as an instructor at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, died Oct. 9 of brain cancer at Mandarin House hospice in Harwood. He lived in Bowie.

Mr. Wright was born at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and grew up in Washington and in Potomac Heights. He graduated from Lackey High School in Indian Head in 1963, then served in the Navy for four years.

After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1971, he taught for seven years in the public schools of Hurlock, Md., on the Eastern Shore. He received a master's degree in education from U-Md. in 1996.

Mr. Wright had been a volunteer firefighter in Potomac Heights since he was 16 and later became a qualified emergency medical technician with the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department. From 1978 to 1999, he taught at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, where he trained other emergency-response instructors.

From 2000 to 2003, he was a program analyst with the Department of Transportation. At the age of 59, he returned to the classroom for one year, teaching fifth grade at Walker-Jones Elementary School in Washington.

Mr. Wright was a member of the Coast Guard Reserve from 1988 to 2004. His duties consisted primarily of inspecting cargo ships, and he was recalled to active duty for six months at the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003.

For the past three years, he was a program analyst with the Transportation Security Administration.

Mr. Wright was a talented photographer who had taken pictures of cult leader Jim Jones in the 1970s. His photographs of Jones were published in Time magazine and were later used in the movie "Jonestown."

Mr. Wright's other interests included theater, music, visual arts and history.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Barbara Ryan Wright of Bowie; two children, Garrett Wright of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Suzanna Wright of Baltimore; and a sister Francie Wright of Potomac Heights.

-- Matt Schudel

David Vincent JarrettComputer Systems Analyst

David Vincent Jarrett, 67, who worked as a computer systems analyst with several federal agencies and contractors, died Oct. 4 at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda. He had non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Mr. Jarrett was born in Seattle and attended Western Washington University. When he was a young man, his parents had a restaurant in which he played a pipe organ.

He served in the Navy for six years on nuclear-powered submarines and worked with NASA in the 1960s on the Apollo space program. For the past 35 years, he worked with a variety of agencies, including the Department of Defense and most recently the Department of Labor.

Mr. Jarrett first became ill in 1999 and had a stem cell transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2005. His cancer recurred, and he was in a clinical trial at NIH. He had a second stem cell transplant in May, and one of his brothers was the donor.

Mr. Jarrett was a member of the Washington Folklore Society and often did folk dancing. He also continued to play the pipe organ and recently developed an interest in drawing and photography.

He was a member of the Washington Ethical Society.

His marriages to Lois Jarrett and Rose Jarrett ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Jarrett of Silver Spring; a daughter from his first marriage, Loanne Shull of Windsor, Pa.; a son from his second marriage, David F. Jarrett of Wheaton; and two stepchildren, Susan Grinnan of Brookeville and Daniel Shapiro of Fribourg, Switzerland; two brothers; two sisters; and six grandchildren.

-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb

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