Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Douglas D. Van Riper Real Estate Broker

Douglas D. Van Riper, 70, a real estate broker from the mid-1960s until 1992, died March 23 of congestive heart failure at Howard County General Hospital.

Mr. Van Riper had worked for Regent Realtors in Rockville and later sold houses for a developer in Howard County. In the early 1990s, he owned James III Restaurant in Rockville.

Douglas Dean Van Riper was born in Groton, S.D., and served in the Air Force at Bolling Air Force Base from 1960 until 1964. He lived in Rockville before becoming a Laurel resident in 1984.

His wife of 35 years, Mary Green Van Riper, died in 1996.

Survivors include two children, Beverly Van Riper of Laurel and Barry Van Riper of Glen Burnie; a sister; and three grandsons.

-- Lauren Wiseman

Patricia A. Nussbaum Interior Designer

Patricia A. Nussbaum, 64, a Great Falls resident who had been a self-employed interior decorator since 1975, died March 6 at Reston Hospital Center of respiratory failure.

During the 1960s, Mrs. Nussbaum was a model in Washington, appearing in Parade magazine and advertisements for Britches, a women's specialty store.

Patricia Ann Newman, a native of Washington, graduated from Wilson High School in 1962 and received a bachelor's degree in interior design from American University in 1966.

She was a board member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. She helped raised money for breast cancer and heart disease research.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Jay Nussbaum, and a son, Drew Nussbaum, both of Great Falls; a brother, Gary Newman of Reston; and three grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman

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