An obituary about Bernard W. Pryor in Sunday's editions of The Washington Post omitted from the list of his survivors the name of a daughter, Yvonne P. Colston, of Washington.
Bernard W. Pryor bought his house on Hamlin Street in the Brookland section of northeast Washington in the late 1940s. It was a quiet street and the elms and other trees provided shade and beauty and he wanted to spend the rest of his life there.
Then in the 1960s there came a plan to build a North Central Freeway. It would have connected Silver Spring and other suburbs with downtown and it would have gone right through Brookland.
The plan got pretty far. The District of Columbia took title to 69 houses in the area and moved the families out. They got the houses on both sides of Bernard Pryor's and they wanted to get his, too. Mr. Pryor decided they should not do that.
When Bernard Pryor went to Providence Hospital recently for treatment of Parkinson's disease and other ailments, he still had his house on Hamlin Street. He died at the hospital Friday at the age of 77. The idea of a North Central Freeway was abandoned some years ago, and Mr. Pryor is one of those credited with laying it to rest.
Of course, he did not do it alone. But for several years in the 1960s, when it looked as if the freeway would be built, he was president of the Brookland Civic Association. He also was active in the Emergency Committee on the Transportation Crisis, which took the matter to court and eventually won.
Mr Pryor gave speeches around the city opposing freeways. He appeared on radio and television. He testified before the city government. Over and over again, he stated his view that the city had failed to demonstrate a need for the road.
Moreover, said Bernard Pryor and other members of the Emergency Committee, projects such as the proposed freeway were "white men's roads through black men's homes."
"We were impressed with this area 20 years ago," Mr. Pryor said in an interview in 1969. "A neighborly, New England-type area. We want to keep it that way."
The vacant houses around his own home were a problem. "Anytime we hear a noise, we don't know if it's anybody breaking in there, setting a fire," he said. He added, "We've put a lot into this house. My wife and I intend to stick it out."
Mr. Pryor's opposition to freeways became so well known that Mayor Walter E. Washington used to call him "Mr. Freeways."
The mayor and D.C. Del. Walter E. Fauntroy were among those who sent greetings to Mr. Pryor when he was honored on Nov. 2, 1975, by the Brookland Civic Association, the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, and other groups.
Mr. Pryor was born in Washington and graduated from Howard University, where he was active in drama groups. He toured the United States with one acting company from Howard and taught drama under federally funded programs during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
For many years he worked for the National Security Agency and was a personnel officer there when he retired in 1965.
In addition to his work and his civic activities, Mr. Pryor was chairman of the board of trustees of the Alexander Memorial Baptist Church in Washington for 35 years.
Survivors include his wife, Vera, of the home in Washington; a son, Dr. Bernard B. Pryor, of Topeka, Kan.; two stepchildren, Hubert H. Crawford, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Crystal June Crawford, of Washington; a brother, the Rev. Charles S. Pryor, pastor-emeritus of the Alexander Memorial Baptist Church, of Washington; 11 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.