John Curtis Barrow, 61, a retired Navy rear admiral who was a veteran of the Vietnam War, a former commandant of the National War College and who retired in 1981 as an assistant deputy chief of Naval Operations, died of cancer July 24 at his home in Somerset, Va.

Adm. Barrow served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967 and again from 1970 to 1972. His duties ranged from fighter squadron leader to commanding officer of the carrier Oriskany. He was commandant of the National War College from 1978 to 1980. He retired from active duty as assistant deputy chief of Naval Operations for plans, policy, and operations. His medals included the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He was a native of New Bloomfield, Mo., and a 1949 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and earned a master's degree at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Adm. Barrow earned his wings in 1950 and four years later was one of three pilots to set a transcontinental speed record.

He was promoted to rear admiral in 1975 and held a variety of staff posts in Washington. He had been director of Navy's politico-military division and a special assistant to the chief of Naval Operations for Latin American affairs. He also served in the Mediterranean as commander of the carrier Saratoga's air wing.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marilyn Cookman, whom he married in 1949 and who lives in Somerset; a son, Jeff, of New Bloomfield; four daughters, Patricia Rios of Cartagena, Spain, Mary Barrow of Somerset, Sarah Hurlbert of Eagle River, Alaska, and Beth Forencich of Palo Alto, Calif.; three brothers, Harold, of Winston-Salem, N.C., Loyd, of Rockport, Maine, and Ray, of Fulton, Mo.; a sister, Evelyn Jackson of Solana Beach, Calif., and two grandchildren.


86, a senior judge on what is now the U.S. Claims Court where he had served on the bench since 1955, died of cancer July 25 at his home in Washington.

Judge White came to Washington in 1933 and spent the next two years as special assistant to the attorney general and as a attorney in the Justice Department's antitrust division. He became the solicitor of the Agriculture Department in 1935 and held that post until entering the Army during World War II.

He served with the Army in Europe and the Mediterranean during World War II, earning the Legion of Merit. He retired from the Army Reserve in the early 1960s as a colonel. In 1946, he was named solicitor of the Interior Department, a post he held until leaving the government in 1953. He then engaged in the private practice of law here until being appointed to the bench as a trial judge.

Judge White was a native of Van Zandt County, Tex., and a graduate of the University of Western New Mexico. He was a 1927 graduate of the University of Texas' law school, earned a master's degree in law at Columbia University, and a doctorate in law at Harvard University. Before coming to Washington he lived in Texas, where he had been an assistant county prosecutor and associate professor at the University of Texas' law school.

He was a member of Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church in Washington, where he led Bible classes and served on the administrative board. He was a trustee of American University and a member of several bar groups, the Cosmos Club and the Rotary Club of Washington.

His wife, the former Marjorie Perry, died in 1984. His survivors include two brothers, Jack, of Tyler, Tex., and Ben, of Houston.


84, a retired professor of education at the University of Maryland, died of congestive heart failure July 21 at Leland Memorial Hospital in Riverdale. He lived in College Park.

Dr. Schindler was born in Pulaski, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. He earned a master's degree and a doctorate in education from the University of Iowa.

He worked in the public schools of Iowa during the 1920s and began his college teaching career in Colorado in 1932. He was on the faculty of the University of Denver before he came to the Washington area in 1943 and joined the University of Maryland.

In 1953, he helped implement the university's first four-year undergraduate program in elementary education. In 1956, he taught in Maryland's pilot graduate program for teachers of military personnel dependents in Munich. He retired in 1971.

Dr. Schindler had been a visiting professor at the universities of Kentucky, Montana, Oklahoma and Delaware, and at Fresno State College and Western Washington State University.

He had received awards for outstanding service from the University of Maryland and the International Reading Society.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dora Lois Hood Schindler of College Park; a son, Dr. Frederick Schindler of Fort Washington, Pa.; one sister, Helen Hockersmith of Bloomfeld, Iowa, and one granddaughter.


56, a consumer safety officer with the Food and Drug Administration where she had worked for the past 14 years, died July 23 at her home in Derwood, Md. She had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a progressive brain disorder.

Mrs. Hedrick was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., and attended Wilson College in Pennsylvania. In 1959, she moved to the Washington area. She worked for the National Institutes of Health during the 1960s and transferred to the FDA in 1973.

Since 1978, she had been the editor of Tennis Life magazine. She was a member of the Washington Opera Guild and served on the editorial board of Washington Opera magazine.

Mrs. Hedrick was a member of the National Association of Government Communicators and the American Medical Writers Association.

Her marriage to George F. Hedrick Jr. ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, George F. Hedrick III of Reston, and Carl R. Hedrick of Potomac, and one brother, Richard Reed of Bountiful, Utah.


78, who worked for Coca-Cola for 39 years before retiring in 1974 as a supervisor with Coca-Cola Mid-Atlantic's quality control division, died of leukemia July 24 at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. He lived in Bowie.

He was a member of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Bowie and the Masons. Mr. Alton, who was a native of Chesterfield County, Va., moved here in 1963 after working for Coca-Cola in Petersburg, Va., and Urbanna, Va.

Survivors include his wife, Adelaide A., of Bowie; a daughter, Ann L. Wiebenga of Alexandria, and two brothers, John E., of Plymouth, Mich., and Welton E., of Chester, Va.