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Mr. Branscome, 87, did weapons research for the Navy.
Mr. Branscome, 87, did weapons research for the Navy. (Navy Photo - Navy Photo)
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Albert A. Baltzer Jr. Interior Designer

Albert A. Baltzer Jr., 74, an interior designer who worked in furniture, antiques and design businesses in the Washington area, died Sept. 6 of appendix cancer at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in the District.

Mr. Baltzer came to Washington in 1960 and worked 12 years as an interior designer with the W.J. Sloane & Co. furniture store. He later worked at Howard Baylin Interiors in Chevy Chase, Commercial Drapery Contractors in Annapolis, Scan Design in Georgetown and Fabricare Draperies in Rockville.

Beginning in 1994, he sold antiques, first at Chevy Chase Antiques Center and, from 1997 to 2004, at Chevy Chase Antiques Galleria. He continued to work part time until his death, most recently on the visitors staff at the Newseum.

Albert Austin Baltzer Jr. was born in Quincy, Mass., and graduated from high school in Hellertown, Pa. He graduated from the New York School of Interior Design in 1954 and served in the Navy from 1955 to 1959.

He worked in Philadelphia and Baltimore before settling in Washington. He received a bachelor's degree in art history from George Washington University in 1974 and was an instructor in interior design at the University of Maryland and Howard University. He was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

Mr. Baltzer volunteered at the Whitman-Walker Clinic and for PETS-DC, a group that provides companion animals to patients with HIV/AIDS. He also enjoyed entertaining.

He had no immediate survivors.

-- Matt Schudel

James R. Branscome Navy Officer, Researcher

James R. Branscome, 87, a retired Navy commander who later did research on weapons as an engineer for the Navy, died Aug. 17 of multiple organ failure at Henrico Doctors' Hospital in Richmond. He lived in Hume.

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