Paul Danaceau

Friday, February 4, 2011

Paul Danaceau

consultant, actor

Paul Danaceau, 76, a journalist, Capitol Hill aide and public affairs consultant who in retirement focused on a career as an actor, died Nov. 16 at his home in Rockville of complications from West Nile virus.

Since 1996, Mr. Danaceau had performed at theaters in the Washington area and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. He appeared in Signature Theatre's 2003 production of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" and last year acted in D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "The Gin Game" at the Bay Theatre Co. in Annapolis.

Mr. Danaceau spent his early career as a reporter with the Cleveland Plain Dealer before moving into press work in the 1960s for Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Ind.) and the Democratic National Committee. He was also staff director for a Senate government operations subcommittee.

In 1972, Mr. Danaceau became an independent contractor and consultant, working in public and legislative affairs. He wrote reports and analyses for clients including General Mills, the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Paul Isaiah Danaceau was born in Cleveland, where he graduated from what is now Case Western Reserve University. He received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. In 1961, he traveled to Israel to cover the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

Over the years, he completed the Boston and Marine Corps marathons.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Merry Cummings Danaceau of Rockville; three sons, Christopher Danaceau of Gaithersburg, Jonathan Danaceau of Salt Lake City and Mischa Danaceau of Denver; two brothers, Howard Danaceau of Potomac and Dr. Henry Danaceau of McLean; and five grandchildren.

- Adam Bernstein

Robert C. Richardson III

Air Force general

Robert C. Richardson III, 92, an Air Force brigadier general whose final active-duty assignment was deputy commander of the old Defense Atomic Support Agency, which oversaw the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile, died Jan. 3 at his home in Alexandria. He had Alzheimer's disease and died two days before his 93rd birthday.

Before his nuclear weapons work, Gen. Richardson was a planning officer with the Air Force Systems Command at Andrews Air Force Base.

After his military retirement in 1967, Gen. Richardson was a policy consultant to the American Enterprise Institute and the American Security Council Foundation. In the late 1970s, he joined High Frontier, a missile defense advocacy group.

He lived in Alexandria for more than 60 years.

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