Horace B. Jones, 82, a retired Navy rear admiral who served the bulk of his career in the civil engineering corps, died June 5 at Anne Arundel General Hospital. He lived in Annapolis.

Adm. Jones was a native of Cincinnati and a 1928 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He received a master's degree in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Before World War II, he served aboard ships and held a variety of engineering posts on shore. During the war, he served on the staff of the Pacific Fleet.

His postwar assignments included stints as public works officer at the Naval Academy and at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. He was promoted to rear admiral in 1956. His last two assignments, before retiring from active duty in 1961, were as deputy chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and as public works officer for the Fifth Naval District in Norfolk. His decorations included the Bronze Star Medal.

From 1961 to 1964, he was a consultant with Blake Construction in Washington. Adm. Jones had served on the vestry board of All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunderland, Md. He was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Military Order of the World Wars.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Leitch, of Annapolis; two sons, Horace B. Jr., of Wichita, Kan., and John L., of Annapolis; a daughter, Barbara C. Winne of Annapolis, and seven grandchildren.


78, a retired oil company sales official and former government consultant who had lived in this area since the late 1950s, died June 6 at Georgetown University Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Griffis was a native of Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined Texaco as an auditor in 1929. Two years later, he joined a company foreign subsidiary, Caltex, and worked in China, India and Europe as an installation manager and then sales manager before retiring in 1960.

He was a consultant in Venezuela from 1962 to 1964. He had served with a government petroleum board during World War II and was an Army petroleum consultant during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Pailler Griffis of Washington, and two sisters, Guion Johnson of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Azalee Patout of Navasota, Tex.


74, an area resident since 1934 who was a native of New York City, died of a heart ailment June 6 at Holy Cross Hospital. She lived in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Herman was a bridge master and had been active in the Schweinhaut Center, a senior citizens concern, in Silver Spring.

Her husband, Leon M. Herman, died in 1969. Her survivors include two sons, Eugene, of Grinnell, Iowa, and Paul, of Annapolis; a brother, Samuel Herman of Coral Springs, Fla.; three sisters, Celia Hemmerich of Washington, Bess Forge of Freeport, N.Y., and Rose Math of Highland Park, N.J., and five grandchildren.