E. Raymond Wilson, 90, the executive secretary emeritus of the Friends Committee on National Legislation and an eloquent and accomplished spokesman for Quaker views on matters of war and peace, died June 27 at the Sandy Spring Friends House. He had congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
Mr. Wilson was executive secretary of the committee from the time it was founded in 1943 until he retired as executive secretary emeritus in 1962. As head of the lobbying arm of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, he presented his organization's views on legislation dealing with foreign policy, world hunger, disarmament, civil rights and liberties.
He also had been a Quaker representative to the governing board of the National Council of Churches and was a delegate to the Friends General Conference to the Third World Assembly of the World Council of Churches. He also had chaired the Civil Liberties Clearing House.
Before becoming executive secretary of the lobbying committee, he had served as educational secretary of the peace section of the American Friends Service Committee.
He wrote two books. "Uphill for Peace," which was published in 1975, reviewed his organization's work in such areas as its opposition to the war in Vietnam and to the world arms race and universal military training bills, as well as the lobbying committee's work as a spokesman for such groups as blacks, American Indians, Japanese Americans and the hungry. His other book was his 1976 autobiography, "Thus Far on My Journey."
Mr. Wilson was born on a farm in Iowa and received two degrees in animal husbandry from what is now Iowa State University. Intending to become a foreign missionary, he also studied at Columbia University, where he came in contact with the legendary socialist leader Norman Thomas. Mr. Wilson served in the Navy in World War I.
After the war, he studied in Europe and Japan, and traveled to China and the Soviet Union. He later traveled to Africa and attended and organized international conferences and study groups on disarmament, militarism and education.
Over the years, Mr. Wilson told reporters that his goal was a world without wars, without walls and without want. He also was fond of saying, "You can't win a war any more than you can win a fire."
If he was never entirely successful in gaining the world he wanted, he continued to fight for it, in his own nonviolent way, into the 1980s.
His wife, the former Miriam Davidson, died in 1965. Survivors include two sons, Kent, of Del Mar, Calif., and Lee, of Washington, and four grandchildren.
HENRY L. TAYLOR SR., 73, civil rights coordinator with the Rural Electrification Administration since 1970 who had worked for the Agriculture Department here since 1966, died June 27 at his home in Washington. He had cancer.
He spent a year with Agriculture's old Rural Community Development Service before transferring to the REA in 1967. Before moving here in 1966, he had spent 14 years with Tennessee State University, where he had taught, chaired the agricultural economics and education department, and directed the management and training office.
Dr. Taylor had served on the national board of the Arthritis Foundation, and had been president of the foundation's Washington chapter. He also had served on the board of Junior Achievement of Metropolitan Washington, was a deacon of Zion Baptist Church in Washington, and was a member of the American Farm Economics Association. He was a recipient of the Agriculture Department's superior service award.
Dr. Taylor was a native of Brunswick, Tenn. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the old Tennessee A&I University and a doctorate in agricultural economics from Cornell University.
His marriage to Ruth Taylor ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Arthuryne J., of Washington; three children by his first marriage, Dr. Henry Jr., of Columbus, Ohio, Diana Tolliver of Forrestville, Md., and Ruth Matlock of Mitchellville, Md.; a stepdaughter, Melvadeen Bailey of Columbia, Md.; three stepsons, Robert Welch of Austin, Tex., and James and Reginald Welch, both of Reston; a brother, Edward, of Newark; two sisters, Ruby Lee of Brunswick, Tenn., and Maggie King of Memphis; nine grandchildren, and five stepgrandchildren.
JUDITH M. OLSSON, 49, a former nursery school and kindergarten director who had worked part time in the family book and record business since 1976, died of cancer June 25 at Holy Cross Hospital. She lived in Silver Spring.
Over the years, Mrs. Olsson worked at most of the area Olsson book and record stores.
From 1979 to 1981, she was director of what is now the Greenwood Nursery School and Kindergarten in Hyattsville. She helped found and administer a creative French program at the school, in which she was active until her death.
Mrs. Olsson, who moved here in 1959, was born in Pittsburgh. She received a bachelor's degree in French from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She had sung with a folk group at St. John the Baptist Church in Silver Spring.
Survivors include her husband, John E., two daughters, Laura Charlene and Jeanne Louise, and a son, John Charles, all of Silver Spring; a brother, Sam MacNeil of California; four sisters, Geraldine Wood of Alexandria, Marilyn Suskevich of Toms River, N.J., and Jean Allison and Nancy Solhaug, both of Pittsburgh, and a grandchild.
DOROTHY MEAD JACOBSEN, 57, a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Georgetown who had been a government secretary in the 1950s, died of cardiac arrest June 26 at her home in Washington.
Among the government agencies she worked for was the Navy Department. She had done volunteer work for the homeless through the old Zocalo Program.
Miss Jacobsen was born in Decatur, Ill., and moved here at an early age. She attended Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and the University of Delaware.
Survivors include two sisters, Nancy Jacobsen of Atlanta and Barbara Neal of La Porte, Tex.
ROBERT D. WALHAY, 62, who worked for the American Red Cross for about 24 years before retiring in 1984 from its public affairs office, died of an aneurysm June 26 at his home in Potomac.
Mr. Walhay, who moved here in the mid-1950s, was born in Illinois. He served with the Army in the Pacific during World War II. After receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University in 1950, he went to London, where he studied at the London School of Economics and was a writer and editor with the Reuters wire service. He moved here from London.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte, of Potomac, and a brother, Ward L., of Glen Ellyn, Ill.
OWEN J. LUSTIG, 56, an assistant director of the Agency for International Development's office for Central America and Panama who had been a Foreign Service officer since 1965, died of cancer June 26 at his home in McLean.
During his years with the State Department, he also had served abroad in Latin America and Vietnam and did economic development work.
Mr. Lustig was a native of Indiana. He was a graduate of Bellarmine College in Louisville and received a master's degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University. He studied in England and worked for the Brown & Root construction company in Spain before joining the State Department in 1965.
He was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in McLean.
His marriage to Flo Lustig ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Marta, and their two sons, Edward and Andrew Lustig, all of McLean; three children by his first marriage, John Paul Lustig of Miami, Martha Butrell of Phoenix and Christina Lustig of Houston; five brothers; five sisters, and a grandchild.
HELEN BRADLEY STED, 60, a retired business manager for several area concerns who was active in social organizations, died June 27 at a hospital in Richmond. She had pneumonia and a heart ailment.
Mrs. Sted, who lived in Washington, was visiting relatives near Richmond at the time of her death. A native of Mechanicsville, she had lived in this area since 1954. She had attended Madison College and studied junior accounting at the Smith Dale Massey business school in Richmond.
During the 1960s, she was business manager for a Washington restaurant, and most recently spent eight years in a similar capacity with a group of physicians in Washington.
Mrs. Sted had been secretary-treasurer of the Belvoir Polo Club and had chaired the women's committee of the West Potomac Park Foundation. A fox hunter, she had ridden with the Goshen Hunt in Montgomery County.
Survivors include her husband, John J., of Washington, and four sisters, Vivian B. Mallory, Lilly B. O'Berry, Sara B. Reece and Bette B. Crawford, all of Mechanicsville.