Frank Creel; Marion Gaines III; J. Paul Hile; Ruth Jones; Russell Kirk; Rita Landers

Friday, June 4, 2010

Frank W. Creel Commerce Dept. Official

Frank W. Creel, 68, a retired international trade administrator with the Commerce Department, died May 18 of lymphoma at his home in Arlington County.

Dr. Creel settled in Northern Virginia in 1973 and worked for the Commerce Department until his retirement in 2000.

He also wrote columns reflecting his conservative political views for a variety of local newspapers. In 2002, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress on the ticket of the Constitution Action Party, which he founded. According to The Washington Post, Dr. Creel criticized Republican Rep. Thomas M. Davis for seeking federal funds to rebuild the Wilson Bridge, maintaining that the Constitution did not give Congress such powers.

Francis Warner Creel was born in Tulsa and graduated from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind. From 1963 to 1965, he served in the Peace Corps in Turkey, where he met his wife of 43 years, Ender Ones.

Dr. Creel served as an infantry officer in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He later did graduate work at the University of Chicago, receiving a doctorate in comparative politics of the Middle East in 1978.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church and competed in senior golf events.

In addition to his wife of Arlington, survivors include three children, Derya Slivka and Berna Diehl, both of Fairfax County, and James T. Creel of Arlington; two brothers; and five grandsons.

-- Matt Schudel

Marion T. 'Phil' Gaines III TV, Radio Broadcaster

Marion T. "Phil" Gaines III, 87, a staff announcer at Washington's NBC affiliate from 1963 to 1979, died May 23 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary's County, Md., of complications from an aortic abdominal aneurysm.

After leaving WRC, Mr. Gaines worked as a freelance announcer, narrator and spokesman for various companies and government agencies. He hosted the classical music program "Music 'til Dawn" on WWDC, now known as DC101 (101.1 FM), and worked for Voice of America.

Marion Toulmin Gaines III was born in Daytona, Fla. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, flying 40 missions in the Pacific as a B-24 bomber copilot. His military decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After the war, he served in the Air Force Reserve for several years and retired at the rank of captain.


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