Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Carl Grossman Loudoun County Employee

Carl Grossman, 60, who played guitar in local rock bands in the 1960s and 1970s and in recent years worked on a help desk for Loudoun County employees, died Aug. 22 at his home in Leesburg of respiratory failure. Asperger syndrome, a developmental disorder that shares traits with autism, was only recently diagnosed.

Mr. Grossman grew up in Northern Virginia and took classical guitar lessons with Sophocles Papas, who owned the Guitar Shop in downtown Washington.

As a young man, Mr. Grossman performed in D.C.-area rock bands including the Jazzmasters, the Organic Cavemen and the Mosaic Virus. He also played with his younger brother Richard in a band in Pennsylvania and taught guitar to support himself.

From the late 1970s until the late 1980s, he worked in Houston doing typesetting work for the Lunar and Planetary Institute, a NASA-funded research center. He then returned to the Washington area and worked in temporary jobs until joining Loudoun County in the mid-1990s on a computer help desk. He worked for the county until about 2007.

Carl Ray Grossman was born in Denver and graduated from George Washington University.

His hobbies included such online role-playing games as World of Warcraft.

Survivors include his mother, Shirley Grossman of McLean; two brothers, Richard Grossman of McLean and Michael Grossman of Midlothian, Va.; and a sister, Sara Grossman of Arlington County.

-- Adam Bernstein

Joseph Sadlik Foreign Service Officer, Journalist

Joseph Sadlik, 86, a Foreign Service officer and radio broadcaster with Voice of America, died Aug. 1 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He died of injuries suffered in a fall at his home in McLean.

Dr. Sadlik, who spoke six languages, spent almost 30 years at the old U.S. Information Agency, now part of the State Department. During his career, he held posts in India, Laos, Mali and Germany.

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