Don C. Gorham, interpreter/translator

Tuesday, February 1, 2011; 9:37 PM

Don C. Gorham, 93, a freelance interpreter and translator from 1972 to 2003, died Jan. 23 at Riderwood Village in Silver Spring of congestive heart failure.

From 1948 to 1972, Mr. Gorham worked in Japanese counterintelligence in the Navy Department's Office of Naval Intelligence.

Don Cyril Gorham was born in Oakland, Calif., and received a bachelor's degree in Japanese language and literature in 1941 from what is now the University of Tokyo in Japan.

He moved to the Washington region in 1941 and served in the Navy during World War II. He had been a Silver Spring resident since the early 1970s.

He was an honorary member and volunteer with the American Translators Association.

A son, Richard R. Gorham, died in 2002.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Evelyn Filipovich Gorham of Silver Spring; three children, Christine G. Slater of Silver Spring, John W. Gorham of Baltimore and Karen L. Gorham of Gladys, Va.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

- Lauren Wiseman


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