Susan Bacheller, Mary B. Furr, Dorothy M. Newman, Michael P. Broderick,
USAID tuberculosis specialist
Susan Bacheller, 52, who led a team of USAID employees working to combat tuberculosis around the world, was found dead at her home in Falls Church on Oct. 20. The cause was complications of hypertension, according to an autopsy.
Ms. Bacheller was a registered nurse who served in the Peace Corps in Yemen and Honduras before joining the U.S. Agency for International Development in the mid-1990s. She was a senior infectious diseases adviser for the agency's Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean before becoming the tuberculosis team leader in 2003.
She received the agency's Meritorious Honor Award in 2006 in recognition of her work, which took her to dozens of countries as she developed and helped to execute the government's global tuberculosis strategy.
Susan Bacheller was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she survived a tornado that destroyed her childhood home.
After high school, she received a nursing diploma at Grand Rapids' Mercy Central School of Nursing and began working at a local hospital. While working full time, she attended Grand Valley State University in Michigan, from which she graduated with a degree in political science in 1989.
She went on to receive a master's degree in international development from American University and then put her training to use as a health-care specialist in the Peace Corps.
She enjoyed bicycling and playing the piano.
Survivors include a brother, Tom Bacheller of Huntley, Ill.; and three sisters, Sharon Smith of Franklin, Tenn., Barbara Daly of Sterling and Julie Bulerski of Comstock Park, Mich.
- Emma Brown
Mary B. Furr
Mary B. Furr, 83, who for 15 years was manager of the Papery, a Middleburg stationery store, died Nov. 10 at her home in Middleburg of congestive heart failure.
Mrs. Furr managed the store from from 1978 to 1993. In the 1950s, she was a secretary at the Bureau of Engraving and a medical librarian at the old D.C. General Hospital.
Mary Elizabeth Brown, a native Washingtonian, was a 1945 graduate of Eastern High School. She received an associate's degree in 1947 from what is now Strayer University.