An obituary yesterday about Pasquale Altimont, 91, gave an incorrect name for the tile and marble company he founded. It was the U. S. Tile and Marble Co. An obituary yesterday gave an incorrect first name for Alberta R. Brooker, 86, a retired practical nurse. (Published 6/17/87)
Thomas J. Griffin, 79, who retired as advertising director of the Washington Daily News when that newspaper suspended publication in 1972, died of cancer June 15 at his home in Silver Spring.
Mr. Griffin began his career in newspaper advertising in 1927 with the old Washington Times-Herald and transfered to the Daily News about 1939. He served as classified manager, national advertising manager, advertising manager and assistant advertising director before becoming director.
In the early 1950s, he was president of the Advertising Club of Washington. He was chairman of the publicity committee of the 1948 Community Chest federation drive and was head of the public relations committee of the 1955 Christmas Seal Drive. He also had been a volunteer for the Red Cross.
Mr. Griffin was a charter member of the Appalachian Trail Club and a member of the Rossmoor Leisure World Golf Club in Silver Spring.
A native of Washington and a graduate of the old Central High School, Mr. Griffin attended Georgetown University.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Ann, of Silver Spring; one son, Denny, of San Jose, Calif.; two daughters, Diana Roth of Bethesda and Debby Dawson of Kensington; one sister, Meta Diegelmann of Washington; one brother, William, of Silver Spring; one brother, Dr. Hugo Fabian Schnabel of Charlottesville, and eight grandchildren.
JOHN NATHANIEL SUDDARTH, 82, a former route foreman at the Alexandria Dairy who later worked as an automobile mechanic in Vienna, died of cancer June 5 in a hospital in Fairmont, W.Va.
Mr. Suddarth was born in Colesville, Va., and he moved to the Washington area about 50 years ago. He worked at the Alexandria Dairy from the early 1940s until around 1970 and then was a mechanic at Westbrier Garage in Vienna until around 1980.
A former resident of Falls Church, he moved to Farmington, W.Va., in 1981.
His first wife, Virginia Randolph Suddarth, died in 1980.
Survivors include his wife, Rosa Steele Suddarth of Farmington; one son by his first marriage, John B. Suddarth of Falls Church; three stepsons, Robert Steele and Iver C. Steele, both of Florida, and Dallas D. Steele Jr. of Dale City; two stepdaughters, Barbara Shelton of Fairfax and Frances Kuchlewski of Bel Air, Md.; 10 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.
PASQUALE ALTIMONT, 91, the founder of the U.S. Tile and Model Co., a Washington firm that does marble, tile and terrazzo work, died of pneumonia June 14 at the Bethesda Nursing Home in Chevy Chase.
Mr. Altimont, a resident of Chevy Chase, was born in Italy. He came to this country in 1914 and settled in Washington. He served in the Army in World War I.
About 1921, he founded the U.S. Tile and Model Co. and he remained president of it until his death. Over the years the company has done work at the Capitol, the National Gallery of Art, the White House and many other public and private buildings. The company is now run by Mr. Altimont's children.
Mr. Altimont was a member of the National Terrazzo Association, the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Lido Club.
His wife, Angelina Rose Altimont, died in 1971.
Survivors include three sons, Orlando W. Altimont of Silver Spring and Alfred A. and Albert J. Altimont, both of Bethesda; three daughters, Marie Altimont Sita, Angela Errigo and Patricia A. Sita, all of Chevy Chase; 22 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
CHRISTINE L. PURVIS, 67, a former nurse at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home in Washington, died of congestive heart failure, kidney failure and diabetes June 14 at Mount Vernon Hospital.
Mrs. Purvis, a resident of Alexandria, was born in Streator, Ill. She graduated from the Garfield Park School of Nursing in Chicago. She was an Army nurse during World War II and moved to the Washington area after the war. She was a nurse at the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home from 1966 to 1976.
Mrs. Purvis accompanied her husband, Cecil C. Purvis, on assignments to Saigon and Taipei as a United Nations and State Department financial officer. She worked one year at a hospital in Arizona in the mid-1960s when her husband worked for an aviation company in Tucson.
She had been active in parent organizations at St. Mary's School in Alexandria and in Cub Scouts.
In addition to her husband, of Alexandria, Mrs. Purvis is survived by three sons, Paul Thomas Purvis of Colt Neck, N.J., Dr. Daniel E. Purvis of De Ridder, La., and George L. Purvis of Alexandria; one daughter, Mary Anne Sullivan of Rangoon, Burma, and five grandchildren.
ALICE R. BROOKER, 86, a retired practical nurse, died of renal failure June 12 at D.C. General Hospital.
Mrs. Brooker was born in Concord, N.C., and she moved to Washington in the 1920s. She graduated from the old National Institute of Practical Nursing and for 50 years before her retirement in the 1970s she worked as a private duty nurse specializing in infant care.
She was a member of Way of the Cross Church in Washington.
Her husband, Robert Lee Brooker, died in 1938, and a daughter, Alice Mitchell, died in 1954.
Survivors include six sons, Clarence, Ulysses, Melvin, William and George Brooker, all of Washington, and Robert Brooker of Fort Bragg, N.C.; three daughters, Minnie Hawkins, Alberta Davis and Grace Williams, all of Washington; 33 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.