Friday, March 27, 2009

Robert M. Czapp Sr. AV Specialist

Robert M. Czapp Sr., 70, a photographer and audiovisual specialist at the Government Printing Office from the late 1970s until his retirement in 2008, died March 16 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Czapp worked as a photographer in Dayton, Ohio, and Chicago during the early 1970s. Most notably he was the staff photographer for Chicago's PBS station, WTTW, taking photos of Norman Mailer, Bill Cosby and Bob Dylan, among others.

Robert Michael Czapp was born in Dumfries and graduated from Osbourn High School in Manassas in 1956. During the 1960s, he was a letter carrier in Alexandria.

He was a member and volunteer at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington County and was an Annandale resident.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Cheryl O'Grady Czapp, and two children, Annie Czapp and Robert M. Czapp Jr., all of Annandale; a sister; and a brother.

-- Lauren Wiseman

Keith A. Scripps Inventor

Keith A. Scripps, 76, an inventor of smoke detectors who was the great-grandson of James E. Scripps, the founder of the Detroit Evening News, died March 20 at Envoy of Staunton, a nursing home in Staunton, Va. He had lung cancer.

Mr. Scripps received several patents in the late 1980s and early 1990s, one for a carbon monoxide and smoke detector design that was produced. From 1995 to 2003, he owned Scripps International, which licensed his patents.

Keith Armiger Scripps was born in Detroit. During the 1960s, he was a stockbroker for Bache and Co., a brokerage firm in New York. He moved to Washington in 1981 and was a real estate agent for Begg Inc. until 1989. He later worked as a researcher for Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

He moved to Staunton last year.

His marriage to Mary Semmes Scripps ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Prewitt S. Scripps of Staunton and Keith A. Scripps Jr. of Los Angeles; two sisters; a brother; and two grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman

Susan Myers TV Production Worker

Susan Myers, 53, who had been a production worker at ABC News's Washington bureau for the past 27 years, died of breast cancer March 21 at her home in Woodbridge.

Ms. Myers worked in the television network's graphics department, preparing images for use in newscasts.

Susan Satterfield was born in Washington but grew up in Missouri. She was a member of the American Legion and Loyal Order of Moose.

Her marriages to Randy Peeples and David Myers ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son from her first marriage, Jeremy Peeples of Woodbridge; her father, Omer Satterfield of Fairfax County; four brothers, Jimmy Satterfield of Fairfax, Ernie Satterfield of Kansas City, Mo., and Kenny Satterfield and Rudy Satterfield, both of Wilmington, N.C.; and a sister, Melanie Satterfield of Wilmington.

-- Patricia Sullivan

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