Obituaries

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Maurice WolfInternational Lawyer

Maurice Wolf, 76, who practiced international law in Washington for 45 years, died Dec. 4 of a heart attack at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Riverside Estates, south of Alexandria.

Mr. Wolf came to Washington in 1962 as a lawyer with the Federal Communications Commission's Office of Satellite Communications. In 1966, he joined the Inter-American Development Bank and worked on legal matters involving Latin America and the Caribbean.

He formed his own law firm, Wolf, Arnold and Cardoso, in 1977. He advised businesses on international enterprises, privatization and finance and often worked on telecommunications projects. His work took him throughout the world, including Africa, Asia and South America.

In recent years, Mr. Wolf also worked as an independent arbitrator and mediator on international matters.

He was a consultant to the World Bank and United Nations and served as counsel in developing a satellite system in the South Pacific. He represented foreign governments and helped arbitrate international commercial disputes.

Mr. Wolf was born in London and spent much of his childhood in Belgium and England. He came to the United States in 1947 and lived in New York. He attended New York University for three years before moving to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to assist in a family business. He also managed a doll factory in Puerto Rico.

Mr. Wolf studied at the University of Mexico and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles. He graduated from Columbia University law school in 1962.

He was fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and was a member of many legal organizations and associations.

Mr. Wolf was a visiting professor at the law schools at American University and the University of Georgia. He was co-director of an international law program in Chile.

In addition to his legal work, Mr. Wolf was a talented photographer who took pictures of people and landscapes around the world.

He was a member of the Alexandria Art League and was serving as president of the Riverside Civic Association at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Yolanda Wolf of Fairfax County; two children, David Wolf of Sao Paulo and Monica Wolf Turenne of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and a sister.

-- Matt Schudel

James W. ThornburgLife Insurance Sales Representative

James Walter Thornburg, 82, who spent 25 years with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. as a Northern Virginia-based sales representative, died Dec. 5 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Thornburg, who retired from Met Life in the early 1980s, was president of the Northern Virginia Life Underwriters Association in 1967 and 1968. He was an Alexandria resident.

He was born in Kansas City, Mo. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific as a radioman second class on the USS Bushnell, a submarine tender.

In the 1950s, he was a Taiwan-based code breaker with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Mr. Thornburg's pastimes included competitive bridge, chess, fly fishing and tying flies for fishing, and flying airplanes. He was issued a Taiwanese pilot's license in the 1950s and soloed as late as 1993.

His marriages to Murel Stoker Thornburg and Grace Thornburg ended in divorce. A son from his first marriage, James Thornburg, died in the early 1950s.

Survivors include a son from his first marriage, John Christen "Chris" Thornburg of Honolulu; a brother; and a granddaughter.

-- Adam Bernstein

Carl M. NelsonAir Force Colonel, Banker

Carl Morris Nelson, 87, an Air Force colonel who retired in 1963 and then focused on corporate banking as a vice president of Riggs National Bank of Washington until retiring in 1984, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 9 at his home in Annandale.

Col. Nelson was born in Portland, Ore., and raised in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was a 1940 graduate of Santa Monica City College.

That year, he entered the Army Air Corps pilot training program. He spent part of World War II as a flight instructor. He also served in Europe with the Army Air Forces.

Col. Nelson transferred into the Air Force when it was established in 1947 and participated in the Berlin Airlift. In all, he had more than 4,500 flying hours before retiring.

His final active-duty assignment was at the Pentagon as a congressional liaison officer. During his military career, he graduated from the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College and attended the senior officer's military management program at George Washington University.

After joining Riggs Bank, he attended Columbia University's graduate school of business administration and was a member of the school's senior bank management program.

His memberships included the Army Navy Country Club, the Air Force Association and the Military Officers Association of America.

Col. Nelson's wife, Dorothy Dodd Nelson, whom he married in 1942, died in 1978. Their daughter, Nancy Bakalar, died in 1996.

Survivors include a granddaughter.

-- Adam Bernstein

Tamas A. deKunPhotographer

Tamas A. deKun, 81, a self-employed photographer who shot family portraits and presidents, died of cancer Dec. 15 at his home in Luray, Va.

Mr. deKun, a Hungarian immigrant, arrived in Washington in 1959 and immediately went to work as a freelance photographer for news and publicity services, covering the White House and diplomatic corps and capturing the funeral of President John F. Kennedy. He also photographed visiting heads of state, including the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II.

He opened a photo studio at 3708 Macomb St. NW in Washington in 1971 and became a neighborhood fixture for the next 30 years, photographing individual and family portraits and private events. He retired to Luray a year ago.

He was born Kokai-Kun Tamas Akos in S¿rospatak, Hungary, and graduated from the military academy in K¿szeg. A lieutenant in the Royal Hungarian Air Force, he flew combat missions during World War II against the Russians in Poland. After the war, he was interned by the Russians, and he fought in the streets of Budapest during the abortive uprising of 1956.

He immigrated to the United States in 1959 and settled in the Washington area.

His marriage to Deana Spencer ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Hajna deKun of Luray; a daughter from his first marriage, Christina Whitney of Mountain Lakes, N.J.; a daughter from his second marriage, Emoke deKun of Washington; four stepchildren, Keve and Bela Papp, both of Budapest, Huba Papp of Reston and Aniko Dhillon of Washington; and nine grandchildren.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Marion L. HallTransportation Consultant

Marion Lee Hall, 75, a railroad accountant who spent 30 years as co-owner and operator of a transportation consulting business, died Dec. 11 at Cherrydale Health Care Center in Arlington County. He had Parkinson's disease.

In 1975, Mr. Hall and his wife established M.L. Hall & Associates Transportation Consultants in McLean to provide business and cost-analysis services to railroads and freight shippers. Mr. Hall appeared as an expert witness in legal and regulatory proceedings involving the railroad industry.

He spent much of his early career as an accountant and analyst in East Coast cities for the Seaboard Air Line Railway (now CSX Corp.) and in St. Louis with the Missouri Pacific Railroad (now a division of the Union Pacific Railroad).

In 1970, he moved to Washington as chief of the Interstate Commerce Commission's cost-analysis branch. He also worked briefly for two transportation consultants.

He was born in Haldeman, Ky., and served in the Army in Japan during the Korean War.

He was a 1958 business administration graduate of the University of Richmond, where he was president of the senior class and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity as well as honor council secretary. He did graduate studies in transportation at Northwestern University.

Mr. Hall was active in community service, starting in the 1960s as a school board member in suburban St. Louis. In the Washington area, he was treasurer for Meals on Wheels for eastern Fairfax County, deacon of McLean Baptist Church and vice president of the McLean House condominium association.

He also was treasurer of Rep. Robert K. Dornan's (R.-Calif.) presidential bid in 1996 and a volunteer aide in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence during part of President Bush's administration.

Mr. Hall and his wife started and oversaw the operations of three retail videotape rental stores in Northern Virginia from 1984 to 1990. His hobbies included collecting railroad memorabilia, researching the Civil War and real estate investing. He was a McLean resident.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Joyce Kidd Hall of McLean; three sons, David L. Hall of Houston, Scott M. Hall of McLean and J. Timothy Hall of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister; and eight grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Houston L. Maples Jr.D.C. Library Official

Houston Ledbetter Maples Jr., 80, who spent 38 years with the D.C. public library system before retiring in 1991 as director of automated services, died Dec. 11 at his home in Chevy Chase. He had lung cancer.

Mr. Houston's earlier assignments included chief of the schools division and chief of the extension department. He also freelanced book reviews for The Washington Post.

He was born in Annapolis and moved often because of his father's Naval career.

He was a 1944 graduate of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington County and a 1950 graduate of George Washington University. He received a master's degree in library science from Catholic University in 1951.

He served in the Army in France during the Korean War.

He was a Chevy Chase resident, and his memberships included the Musical Box Society International, a collector's organization.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary Lee Palmer Maples of Chevy Chase; and two sons, Alan W. Maples of Scottsboro, Ala., and Arthur B. Maples of Wheaton.

-- Adam Bernstein

L. Lawrence SchultzLabor Mediator, Teacher

L. Lawrence Schultz, 86, who was a labor mediator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, died of pneumonia Dec. 5 at a hospice in Palm Desert, Calif. He was a former Bethesda resident.

Mr. Schultz joined the federal agency in 1961 and retired in 1985. While with the agency, he taught U.S. labor law in Turkey, India and Switzerland.

After moving to the San Diego area in 1985, he taught labor management at the University of San Diego's law school. He also lectured at other college campuses on labor negotiation practices over the years.

Born in Chicago, he had a hardscrabble start. His single mother was unable to care for him, and from an early age, he was raised in foster homes and boarding schools. Football became a passion and profession.

Mr. Schultz, who was known as Dutch, was a tight end at Centre College in Kentucky and graduated in 1941. He went on to play for the Chicago Cardinals, a professional team that later moved to St. Louis and Phoenix.

He earned $100 a month, a typical wage in the early days of pro football. He later played for the Army Air Forces during World War II, and after leaving the military, he was on the coaching staff of the University of Nebraska and became head coach of Defiance College in Ohio in the late 1940s.

He took up a career as labor mediator in his late 20s. He moved to Pittsburgh to work for Levinson Steel as a labor negotiator. He still found time for football, coaching a semi-pro team on the side in Pittsburgh. He took a correspondence course from La Salle University in Chicago in 1962 to earn a law degree.

He lived most recently in Palm Desert with his wife of 65 years, Mae Lenchner Schultz, who survives him.

Other survivors include two children, Eric Schultz of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Pat Kilduf of San Francisco; and five grandchildren.

-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb

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