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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Peter A. Samp Student, Sportswriter

Peter A. Samp, 18, a lifelong Arlingtonian and 2008 graduate of St. Anselm's Abbey School in Washington who planned to enter Harvard University in September, died Feb. 18 at Virginia Medical Center in Arlington County. He had hydrocephalus, a condition in which the brain swells with excess fluid.

At the time of his death, Mr. Samp was working as a sports reporter for the Montgomery Gazette newspaper, as a tutor for Peer2Peer Tutors and as a volunteer with the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

In high school, he lettered in cross-country and track and was captain of the It's Academic quiz team. He was honored at graduation as the top student in mathematics and the classics, and he was a finalist in both the National Merit and Presidential scholarship competitions. In middle school, he represented Washington for three years at the national Math Counts competition.

For the past 11 years, Mr. Samp swam for the Holy Mackerels swim team of the Arlington Knights of Columbus. He served as a junior coach and lifeguard for the past two summers.

Survivors include his parents, Jo Ella and Richard Samp of Arlington; a sister, Lucinda Samp of Williamsburg, Va.; and his grandmothers, Mary Samp of Cambridge, Mass., and Gloria M. Schneider of Wexford, Pa.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Paul Eugene Atwood Army Department Executive

Paul Eugene Atwood, 96, a civilian executive with the Army Department who retired in 1973 as assistant deputy for materiel acquisition, died March 11 of coronary artery disease at his home in Arlington County.

Mr. Atwood was born in Boca Grande, Fla., and grew up in New York, Texas, Puerto Rico and Georgia as the son of an Army doctor.

He received a bachelor's degree, with honors, from Georgia Tech in 1939. Not long after, he was commissioned in the Army Ordnance Corps. He was a veteran of World War II.

Because of his expertise at building munitions plants, he was called back to active duty during the Korean War. He was assigned to the office of chief ordnance in Washington.

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