Ira P. Griffen, 95, a retired Navy captain who worked for architectural and engineering firms in the Washington area after his Navy service, died of cardiac arrest July 26 at Shady Grove Nursing Center.
Capt. Griffen was a Navy civil engineer for 34 years before his retirement in 1951, and he served at several locations in the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. He had lived in the Washington area since his Navy retirement.
Later he was vice president of the Thomas B. Bourne architectural and engineering firm in Washington. He then worked for the Silver Spring-based Johannes & Murray firm before retiring a second time in the mid-1970s.
Capt. Griffen, who was a resident of Bethesda, was born in Millbrook, N.Y. He received a degree in civil engineering at Iowa State University.
He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Military Society of Civil Engineers, the Masons and the Four Square Club of Maryland, a Masonic organization.
His marriage to Gladys Griffen ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Sally Griffen of Bethesda; one son by his first marriage, Donald Griffen of Cedar Falls, Iowa; two sons by his second marriage, Dana Griffen of Provo, Utah, and Toby Griffen of Edwardsville, Ill.; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
LOUISE C. KERR,
61, who had done volunteer work and lobbying for Common Cause and the League of Women Voters, died July 27 of a cardiac aneurysm at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, Del.
Mrs. Kerr, a resident of Washington, was born in Chicago and graduated from Bryn Mawr College. She received a master's degree in international relations at the University of Chicago and moved to the Washington area in 1950.
During the 1950s, she was secretary to a law firm in Washington, then worked as a legislative aide to Sens. Frank Church (D-Idaho) and Warren Magnuson (D-Wash.). She also did legislative research for the Library of Congress.
She had worked in the political campaigns of Sen. Charles McC. Mathias (R-Md.) and worked for the League of Women Voters in Idaho while living in Boise, Idaho, from 1971 to 1974.
She worked for Common Cause here as a research volunteer during the early 1980s, and kept a network of people around the country informed on legislation. She also did work for the League of Women Voters in the Washington area.
Mrs. Kerr was active in the ladies auxiliary of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase.
Her husband, Henry E. Kerr, died Feb. 1.
Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy Kerr of Arlington; and one son, Andrew Kerr of Washington.
THE REV. JOHN LEWIS HURRLE,
73, a retired minister of visitation at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, died of cancer July 24 at the Presbyterian Home in High Point, N.C.
Mr. Hurrle was born in New Albany, Ind. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1936. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces. After the war, he headed a counseling office in Lansing, Mich., for the Veterans Administration. In 1950 he received a master's degree in divinity from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
He served as a missionary in Montana and was the pastor of churches in Ithaca, Mich., and Detroit. He moved to the Washington area in 1961 and joined the ministerial staff at Foundry United Methodist Church in the late 1960s. He retired in 1974 and moved to North Carolina.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy, of High Point, and one son, Jack Hurrle of Washington.
GEORGEANN JONES BROUGHER,
53, a receptionist with the Human Resources Research Organization (HUMMRO) for the past two years who had lived in this area since the early 1970s, died of cancer July 25 at Suburban Hospital.
Mrs. Brougher was an elder of the Fort Washington Christian Church in Fort Washington.
A registered nurse by training, she had worked for physicians in Washington and Fort Washington for about five years before joining HUMMRO.
Mrs. Brougher was a native of Peru, Ind. She was a graduate of a hospital nursing school in Fort Wayne, Ind. She accompanied her husband John D. Brougher, who is now a retired Air Force colonel, to military posts in Greece and Japan.
In addition to her husband, of Fort Washington, survivors include two children, David and Susan Brougher, both of Fort Washington; her mother, Helen Jones, and one sister, Alice Gerhart, both of Colorado Springs.