Obituaries

Monday, June 22, 2009

Robert W. Mueller Legislative Aide

Robert W. Mueller, 88, a legislative assistant specializing in international relations for Rep. Phil Crane (R-Ill.) during the mid-1980s and again from 1996 to 2003, died May 18 at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. He had lymphoma.

Mr. Mueller began his congressional career in 1978 as a researcher for the House of Representative's subcommittee on international organizations during the Koreagate bribery scandal involving a South Korean businessman and a Democratic congressmen. From 1983 to 1995, he was a researcher on the House's Republican Study Committee.

Robert William Mueller, a native of Elmhurst, Ill., received both a bachelor's and master's degree in English from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1942 and 1949, respectively. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Vietnam War as a specialist in psychological warfare.

From 1947 to 1964, he taught English literature and creative writing at his alma mater and at Loyola University in Chicago and City Colleges of Chicago. He also was an editor for a poetry magazine in Chicago.

During the late 1960s, he worked as a public affairs officer at the Pentagon and joined the Foreign Service as a media relations adviser. He was stationed in Vietnam and Guam as well as with the U.S. Information Agency. During the mid-1970s, he settled in the Washington region and worked as a public affairs consultant and, later, as a correspondent for DMS Inc., a market research publishing firm.

He was a member and usher of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Arlington. He had been an Arlington resident since 1984.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Loan Ton Mueller, and two children, Anne Marie Mueller and Christopher R. Mueller, all of Arlington; and a sister.

-- Lauren Wiseman

John W. Holland Jr. Radiology Technologist

John W. Holland Jr., 41, a radiology technologist in Washington hospitals, most recently Children's National Medical Center, died May 31 at Howard University Hospital.

A spokeswoman for Bacon Funeral Home in the District said the cause of death was pending further tests by the D.C. medical examiner's office.

Mr. Holland spent about eight years at Children's National Medical Center until last year. He earlier worked as a radiology technologist at George Washington Hospital and a cardiac catheterization technician at Washington Hospital Center.

John Wesley Holland Jr. was born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and settled in the Washington area after high school graduation in 1986. He received an associate's degree in radiology technology from Washington Hospital Center. He was a District resident.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Dezetta White Holland, and two stepchildren, Jared Long and Chonte Long, all of Washington; his mother, Essie Mae Holland of Fort Lauderdale; four sisters; and three brothers.

-- Adam Bernstein

Homer A. Walkup Navy JAG Official

Homer A. Walkup, 92, a Navy Reserve captain who retired as a deputy assistant judge advocate general, died of cancer June 12 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. He had been an Alexandria resident for 67 years.

Capt. Walkup spent 31 years working for the Navy before retiring in 1973. He spent much of his early career as legal counsel for the Navy's Bureau of Personnel. In retirement, he practiced military law privately from his home until his death.

Homer Allen Walkup, a West Virginia native, graduated from West Virginia University at 18 and its law school at 21. He received a received a master's degree in law from Georgetown University in 1947.

He played trombone in the West Virginia University marching band and was involved in music the rest of his life, most recently as a tenor with the Encore Creativity chorus. He performed with the group in a Christmastime concert on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

He was an elder, a deacon and a Sunday school teacher for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Washington, through which he was a Boy Scout troop scoutmaster in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a board member emeritus of the District's United Way chapter.

He lived the past 11 years at the Goodwin House retirement community in Alexandria.

His first wife, Edna Mae Tucker, whom he married in 1941, died in 1966. His second wife, Charlotte Lloyd, whom he married in 1967, died in 2008.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Allen Walkup, Randolph Walkup and Pamela Walkup, all of the District; two stepchildren, Andrew Lloyd of Bumpass, Va., and Louisa Hurley of Fairfax County; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

Herbert C. Bradley CIA Administrator

Herbert C. Bradley, 97, a retired administrative officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, died of pneumonia and sepsis June 4 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney.

Mr. Bradley, a Rockville resident, came to Washington in 1930 to work for the Census Bureau. After two years, he moved to the Agriculture Department, working in Washington and Lansing, Mich. He also attended Benjamin Franklin University.

In 1947, he took a position with the U.S. Philippine War Damage Commission and was assigned to Manila. The commission was set up to help rebuild businesses and government buildings destroyed during World War II. When his work with the commission ended in 1951, he joined the CIA and served a portion of his career as an administrative officer in Athens and London. He retired in 1966.

Herbert Clayton Bradley was born in Norristown, Pa., and grew up in nearby Douglassville. He ran track in high school and later participated in interdepartmental government meets in Washington.

Mr. Bradley's first wife, Cherry Biba Bradley, died in 1957. His second wife, Irene Brenchak Bradley, died in 1991.

Survivors include two daughters from the first marriage, Carol Slatten of Ashburn and Barbara Haas of Rockville and a stepdaughter from the second marriage, Elizabeth Conner of Yardley, Pa.; a sister; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

-- Joe Holley

Bruce A. Causseaux Auditor

Bruce A. Causseaux, 54, an auditor and fraud specialist, died June 15 of pancreatic cancer at Virginia Hospital Center. He lived in Burke.

Mr. Causseaux joined the Naval Audit Service in 1977 and conducted audits of Navy programs for 29 years. From 2006 until his death, he was a senior fraud and procurement specialist with the Government Accountability Office.

Bruce Allen Causseaux was born in Albuquerque and moved to the Alexandria area in his teens. He graduated from Thomas Edison High School in 1972 and from Virginia Tech in 1976.

He volunteered with the crew program at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County and with a youth soccer league in Burke.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Barbara Causseaux of Burke; two daughters, Arrin Causseaux and Lindsey Causseaux, both of Burke; a son, Chase Causseaux of Oakton; his parents, Allen and Janece Causseaux of Alexandria; and a sister, Pam McCollum of Raleigh, N.C.

-- Matt Schudel

Marie D. Eldridge Statistician

Marie D. Eldridge, 83, a retired statistician who worked for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Center for Education Statistics, died June 13 of multiple myeloma at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Mrs. Eldridge, a former Chevy Chase resident, worked at Fort Dietrich and as a quality control statistician for Revere Copper and Brass in the early 1950s. She also worked for the Social Security Administration and the Bureau of Labor Statistics before joining what is now the Postal Service in the 1960s. She was director of the Office of Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the early 1970s and moved to the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics in 1978. She retired in 1984.

She was born Marie Matilda Delaney in Baltimore. She received a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1948. She received a master's degree in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University in 1953.

She moved to Chapel Hill in 1983 and worked as a director at the Research Triangle Institute. She retired from that position in 1988 and became a real estate agent in the Research Triangle area.

She was a former member and past president of the Washington Statistical Society and was a member of the American Statistical Association.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Paul Eldridge of Chapel Hill; two children, Julia Eldridge of Seattle and Dan Eldridge of Naperville, Ill., and a stepdaughter, Susan Fague of Chincoteague, Va.; a sister; and six grandchildren.

-- Joe Holley

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