Herbert M. Pasewalk, 76, a retired president and chairman of Firemen's Insurance Co. of Washington, died of emphysema Aug. 17 at his home in Sun City, Ariz.

Mr. Pasewalk was born in Minneapolis and raised in Utah and Arizona. He came to Washington in the early 1930s to attend Benjamin Franklin University. Before World War II, he worked as a bookkeeper for The Washington Post, as an accountant with Clyde B. Stovall & Co., as night auditor and superintendent at the old Central Dispensary and Emergency Hospital and as property manager for Mount Vernon Mortgage Corp.

He served in the Army Air Forces in Alaska, North Africa and Italy during World War II, and he was awarded a Bronze Star.

After the war, Mr. Pasewalk joined Firemen's Insurance. He became president of the company in 1970 and later also served as chairman. He retired in 1983. He also was a director of the Howard & Hoffman Inc. insurance agency in Washington.

Mr. Pasewalk was a former president of the D.C. Association of Insurance Agents, a former chairman of the executive committee of the Insurance Rating Bureau of Washington and the chairman of the organizing committee and first chairman of the D.C. Property Insurance Facility, an organization formed to provide fire insurance for substandard property.

He was a member of the National Press Club, the Touchdown Club, the University Club, the Columbia Country Club and the Blue Ridge Rod and Gun Club.

A former resident of Washington, he moved to Sun City upon his retirement.

His wife, Betty Pasewalk, died in June. There are no immediate survivors.


91, a veteran of two world wars who conducted a real estate business in Georgetown that specialized in restoring old houses, died of respiratory failure Aug. 15 at his home in Washington.

Col. Harris was commissioned in the old Army Air Service in World War I and served with a balloon unit in France. He remained in the Reserves and was recalled to active duty in World War II, in which he served in Europe on the staff of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

After the war, Col. Harris moved to Washington. For a brief time, he was a consultant to the Senate Banking Committee, and he helped draft legislation for Point Four, a foreign assistance program promulgated by the Truman administration.

He also founded Richmond Harris Inc., a real estate firm. He operated it until 1964, when he established Georgetown Chateaux, also a real estate firm. He ran that company until 1972, but he stayed active in his business until 1978, when a stroke forced him to retire.

Col. Harris was a founding member of the American Legion after World War I, and he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was born in Covington, Ky., and raised in Cincinnati and St. Louis. He graduated from Northwestern University. In the years between the wars, he was an engineer with the Baldwin Piano Co. in New York.

His first wife, the former Eugenia Carreno d'Albert, died in 1951.

Survivors include his wife, Rose-Marie A. Harris, and their daughter, Anna Isabella Harris, both of Washington, and one daughter by his first marriage, Teresita Carreno Ross-Watt of Torremolinos, Spain.


92, a retired teacher and librarian at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., died of cancer Aug. 18 at the home of her daughter in Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Kraybill was born in Bendersville, Pa. She graduated from what is now Millersville University.

She worked for about 15 years at Marshall University before retiring in 1963. She moved to this area about 1 1/2 years ago to live with her daughter, Margaret Schafer, at Rossmoor Leisure World.

Her husband, Dr. David B. Kraybill, died in 1976.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include one son, William Kraybill of Bel Air, Md.; four grandsons and a great-granddaughter.


93, a retired employe of Raleigh's clothing store and past president of the D.C. Hebrew Beneficial Association, died Aug. 17 at the Washington Adventist Hospital. He had pneumonia.

A tailor, Mr. Pasternak worked for Raleigh's for 62 years before retiring in 1981 as head of its women's alterations division. He was born in Austria and came to this country and the Washington area in 1912. He lived in Silver Spring.

His wife of 71 years, Jennie Pasternak, died in 1986.

Survivors include one daughter, Ada Katz of Silver Spring, two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


72, a retired vice president for procurement and finance of the Aerospace Industries Association, died of cancer Aug. 15 at the Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Bethesda.

Mr. Ohlson, a resident of Adelphi, was born in New York City. He attended New York and Long Island universities and earned a law degree at Brooklyn College Law School. He also attended the advanced management program at the Harvard Business School.

Before moving to the Washington area and joining the staff of the Aerospace Industries Association in 1964, Mr. Ohlson was the patent attorney for the Republic Aviation Corp. in Farmingdale, N.Y., and assistant patent attorney for the Bendix Corp. in Teterboro, N.Y.

As a young man, Mr. Ohlson had been an expert amateur fencer, and he served as a referee at fencing matches for almost 50 years.

His wife, Tanya Ohlson, died in 1977.

Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Pauline, a novice at the Community of the Holy Spirit in New York City.


79, a musician with the Howard Devron Orchestras for more than 30 years who also was a taxi driver, was found dead Aug. 15 in his cab in the 5100 block of River Road in Bethesda. The Montgomery County medical examiner said he died of cardiac arrest.

Mr. Alper, who lived in Washington, was born in Budapest. He moved to this country as a child and grew up in Scranton, Pa. He learned to play the violin, saxophone and clarinet.

He moved to the Washington area in 1942 and joined the pit orchestra at the old Earle Theater. He joined the Howard Devron Orchestras in the mid-1950s and continued to play with them until his death. Since the 1950s, Mr. Alper had also driven a taxi part-time.

He was a member of Local 161 of the Musicians Union.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Alyce Alper of Washington; one son, Michael Alper of Smithsburg, Md., and one sister, Ann Horowitz of New York City.


47, minister of religious education with the St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria since 1979, died of cancer Aug. 16 at Alexandria Hospital.

Mrs. O'Brien, who lived in Springfield, was born in Worcester, Mass. She graduated from Anna Maria College in Massachusetts. She was director of religious education at the Packachoag Community Church in Auburn, Mass., before moving to the Washington area in 1978.

She was a member of the board of religious education of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas P. O'Brien of Springfield; one son, Paul O'Brien of Lorton; three daughters, Susan and Katy O'Brien, both of Springfield, and Linda McGean of College Station, Tex.; her mother, Yvonne LeClair of Worcester; one brother, Richard LeClair of New York City; two sisters, Delores Ginga and Annette Coakley, both of Worcester, and two grandchildren.


75, a retired official of three education groups who had served on the vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Washington, was found dead Aug. 14 at his home in Arlington. A medical examiner's spokesman said he died of a heart ailment.

From 1952 to 1971, Mr. McCurdy was executive secretary of both the National Association of State Universities and the Association of American Universities. During this time, he also was the Washington representative of the National University Extension Association.

Mr. McCurdy was a native of Washington and a 1933 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary. He served in the Navy during World War II. From 1937 to 1951, he edited William and Mary's alumni magazine.

His wife, Harriet Shaw McCurdy, died in 1956. He leaves no immediate survivors.


75, a longtime Washington area resident and a member of the Foreign Service Wives Association, died of sepsis Aug. 18 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Dawson was born in Yonkers, N.Y. During the 1930s, she lived in New York City and danced in several Broadway musicals, including "George White's Scandals" and "Manhattan Mary." She moved to the Washington area in the early 1940s.

She had accompanied her husband, Harris P. Dawson Jr., a Foreign Service officer at the State Department, on assignments to Germany, Greece and Panama. Mr. Dawson died in 1985.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Barrow Dawson of Jacksonville and Hallette C. Dawson of Herndon; one brother, Irving Parkes of Charleston, S.C., and three grandchildren.


66, a Washington area resident since 1932 and a member of Waterford Baptist Church in Virginia, died of cancer Aug. 15 at Loudoun Memorial Hospital. She lived in Lovettsville, Va.

Mrs. Klette was born in Walters, Okla. She attended Oklahoma Baptist University.

Her first husband, retired Army colonel Jess P. Unger, died in 1975.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Immanuel J. Klette of Lovettsville; two children by her first marriage, Rosa Lee Richards of Pittsburgh and Jess B. Unger of Philadelphia; two sisters, Mrs. Emmett C. Hanson of Cary, N.C., and Geneva B. Brooks of Tyler, Tex., and five grandchildren.


88, a Washington area resident since 1983 and a retired teacher with the Tulsa public schools, died of cancer Aug. 16 at the Washington Hospital Center. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Johnston was born in Enid, Miss. She graduated from Pittsburg State College in Kansas. She went to work for the Tulsa public school system about 1923 and retired in 1965.

Her husband, Hensley Johnston, died in 1965. Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Wilson of Washington; three grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.


70, a retired Army Department budget and program analyst who was active in church groups, died of cancer Aug. 14 at a hospital in Long Branch, N.J. He had homes in Washington and Deal, N.J.

Mr. Whitby was born in Gordonsville, Va., and moved to Washington at an early age. He was a graduate of Cardozo High School and Miner Teachers College. He earned a degree in political science and accounting at American University.

He began his career with the Army Department after serving in the Army Air Forces in World War II. He worked at the Pentagon and Fort Dix, N.J., before retiring in the early 1970s.

Mr. Whitby was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington and a charter member of its credit union. He had served as treasurer of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men.

Survivors include one sister, Viola Clipper of Washington.