Herman H. Barger, 71, a retired deputy assistant secretary of state for the Far East who during the 1950s helped negotiate free trade agreements with Western Europe and Japan, died of cancer June 15 at Fernwood House nursing home in Bethesda.
Mr. Barger joined the Foreign Service during World War II when he took a job at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires monitoring Nazi activity in South America. He retired with the rank of minister in 1973, then served as senior representative of the InterAmerican Development Bank in Asuncion, Paraguay, and later in Santiago, Chile, before he retired a second time in 1980.
A resident of Bethesda, Mr. Barger was born in Greenfield, Mass. He graduated from Harvard University. After college, he was an editor for the Japan Advertiser in Tokyo, then a correspondent for United Press in China and Argentina before joining the Foreign Service.
Mr. Barger served in the Navy near the end of the war, then rejoined the State Department and was assigned in Bolivia. He was assigned in Washington in the late 1940s and 1950s and received a Commendable Service Award for his work in negotiating free trade agreements with Europe and Japan.
Subsequent assignments included economic counselor at the embassy in Djakarta, Indonesia; a posting in Washington as special assistant on communist economic affairs; counselor for economic affairs and director of the Agency for International Development mission in Mexico City; an assignment at the Asian Development Bank in Manila; and minister for economic affairs at the embassy in Tokyo before his final assignment as deputy assistant secretary.
Survivors include his wife, Dolly King Barger of Bethesda; one son, Brian K. Barger of Washington; one daughter, Dr. Lesli Barger Beltran of Chicago; one brother, Dr. A. Clifford Barger of Boston; one sister, Cecile Shure of Chicago, and two grandchildren.
KATHLEEN O'TOOLE ZELLMER,
70, a retired English and journalism teacher at Eastern High School in Washington, died of respiratory failure June 15 at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Dr. Zellmer was on the faculty at Eastern from 1963 to 1985 and she taught English at the University of the District of Columbia for a year after that. During the 1960s, she had been a visiting lecturer at the Columbia School of Journalism's Scholastic Press Institute, and from 1968 to 1970, she was director of the summer Urban Journalism Workshop at American University.
A resident of Bethesda, Dr. Zellmer was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and came to this country in 1928. She was a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and earned a master's degree in English at what is now Case Western Reserve University. She received a doctorate in education at American University.
Before moving to the Washington area in the early 1960s, Dr. Zellmer lived in Ohio.
She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Women in Communications, the Kenwood Golf and Country Club and the Army & Navy Club.
Her husband, retired Navy Cmdr. Warren C. Zellmer, died in 1977.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Zellmer Lasinski and Susan Zellmer Echard, and one son, Jeffrie Zellmer, all of Bethesda; one sister, Noreen O'Malley of Boca Raton, Fla.; one brother, William O'Toole of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and two grandchildren.
MARGUERITE M. ROOT,
95, a longtime Washington area resident and a member of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, died of pneumonia June 15 at the Bethesda Retirement and Nursing Center.
Mrs. Root was born in Belleville, Kan. She attended Lindenwood College in Missouri. She moved to the Washington area in the mid-1920s.
She was a member of the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase and the PEO Sisterhood and she was a volunteer at Suburban Hospital.
Her husband, Irving C. Root, died in 1973. Survivors include one son, Robert W. Root of Silver Spring; two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
MONA T. PAMMEL,
83, a retired assistant office manager at Garfinckel's department store in Washington, died of respiratory failure June 13 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.
Mrs. Pammel, a resident of Washington Grove, was born in Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University. She had lived in the Washington area for the last 60 years.
She began working at Garfinckel's shortly after World War II and she retired in 1962.
Her husband, Harold E. Pammel, died in 1972.
Survivors include two sons, James D. Pammel of Vienna and Peter L. Pammel of Cheyenne, Wyo.; one sister, Maurine E. Thompson of San Jose, and three grandchildren.
BETTY DARLING GWYER KEMON,
81, a retired Washington advertising executive, died June 10 at her home in Bridgton, Maine, of cachexia, a generally emaciated condition of the body, possibly caused by a malignancy.
Mrs. Kemon was born in Pittsburgh and moved to Washington in 1936. She worked almost 35 years for the Henry J. Kaufman Advertising Agency here and she was its media director when she retired in the early 1970s.
She was a founder and first president of the Women's Advertising Club, which later merged into the Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washington. She moved to Bridgton in 1984.
Her husband, Frank Howell Kemon, died in 1973.
There are no immediate survivors.
MARY ESTHER LUCAS,
56, a retired deputy manager of the Treasury Department's payments and claims branch, died June 13 at D.C. General Hospital after a heart attack. She lived in Washington.
Mrs. Lucas was born in Washington and graduated from Dunbar High School. She joined the Treasury Department in 1952 and retired in 1985.
She was a member of Holy Comforter Catholic Church in Washington and was active with the Girl Scouts and Brownies.
Her marriage to George Lucas ended in divorce. Survivors include one son, Robert Lucas, and one sister, Elizabeth Simon, both of Washington; three brothers, Luke McRae of Seattle and Joseph and William McRae, both of Washington, and three grandchildren.
DR. SOLOMON SYLVESTER GREEN JR.,
60, a retired Chicago physician who moved to the Washington area in 1981, died of cardiac arrest June 13 at Holy Cross Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.
Dr. Green was born in Portsmouth, Va. He graduated from Virginia Union University and earned a master's degree in zoology from Howard University. He received a degree in medicine from Meharry Medical College in Nashville.
During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe. He completed his education after the war. He began his medical practice in Chicago in 1956 and retired in 1976 for health reasons.
He moved to the Washington area six years ago.
He was a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Survivors include his wife, Alfrieda Green, and two children, Solomon S. Green III and Judith Louise Green, all of Silver Spring.
77, a retired intelligence officer with the Office of Naval Intelligence and a captain in the Navy Reserve, died of cancer June 12 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Abbott was born in Dallas. He grew up in the Washington area and graduated from the old Central High School. He graduated from Harvard University, where he also earned a law degree. Later, he studied at Cambridge University in England and the Sorbonne in France.
During World War II, he served in the Navy in Europe and North Africa. His military decorations included the Bronze Star.
After the war, Mr. Abbott became a civilian employe of the Navy Department assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence. He retired from both the Navy Department and from the Navy Reserve in 1969.
He was a member of All Souls Episcopal Church in Washington and a volunteer at the Washington Cathedral.
He leaves no immediate survivors.
CAMERON D. WATKINS,
82, a printer with the Government Printing Office for 31 years, died June 15 at his home in Washington after a heart attack.
Mr. Watkins was born in Warren, Ohio. He graduated from Youngstown University in Ohio. He moved to the Washington area in 1942 and joined the printing office. He was a supervisor in the stereotype section when he retired in 1973.
He was a past master of King Solomon Masonic Lodge No. 31 and a member of the Washington Host Lions Club and the Order of the Eastern Star.
He also was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Washington and the Organized Bible Class Association.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Watkins of Washington; three children, Carolyn Watkins and Roberta Haque, both of Washington, and Larry Watkins of Trenton, N.J.; one stepson, Donald T. Foster of Richmond; three sisters, Iva Vail and Pansy Pierce, both of Warrenton, Ga., and Edrea Gillen of Warren; 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
DR. L. MARSHALL CUVILLIER JR.,
74, a retired physician who formerly practiced in Silver Spring, died of cancer June 15 at a hospital in Northridge, Calif.
Dr. Cuvillier was born in Washington and graduated from the old Central High School, the University of Maryland and George Washington University Medical School.
He was an Army Air Forces physician during World War II and served in the Pacific.
After the war, Dr. Cuvillier established a private family medical practice in Silver Spring. He practiced there until 1961, when he moved to Granada Hills, Calif. He practiced medicine there until he retired in 1976.
He was a former member of the Montgomery County Medical Association and the Silver Spring Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Cuvillier of Granada Hills; two daughters, Delite Williams of San Francisco and Cande Cuvillier of San Jose; two sons, L. Marshall Cuvillier III of Twist, Wash., and Tony Cuvillier of Northridge, and one grandson.
EDWARD JOSEPH LAVERY,
68, a retired public relations director with the Caltex Petroleum Co., died of cancer June 11 at his home in Potomac.
Mr. Laverty was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from St. John's University in New York.
He joined Caltex in New York in 1940. He transferred to the Washington area in 1967 to head the firm's offices here. He retired in 1983.
Mr. Lavery was a member of the America-China Trade Association and had been a vice president of the China Petroleum Society.
He also was a member of the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda and the International Club in Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Alice Lavery of Potomac; five sons, Thomas L. and Robert J. Lavery, both of Alexandria, Edward H. Lavery of Miami, Kenneth J. Lavery of Needham, Mass., and Martin C. Lavery of Greenbelt; two sisters, Miriam Rohner of Brooklyn and Eileen Suozzo of Succasunna, N.J.; one brother, Thomas C. Lavery of Alliance, Ohio, and eight grandchildren.