William S. Weems, 44, one of three persons killed in the crash on Friday of a helicopter in the Washington Channel near the 14th Street bridge, had been a Washington free-lance photographer since the mid-1970s and a Capitol Hill staff member before that.

Mr. Weems was aboard the helicopter to take pictures for a promotional brochure for Sumner Realty in Washington, according to the Baltimore advertising firm that hired him.

Only the helicopter pilot, Jack C. Turley, 37, survived. He was hospitalized at George Washington University Medical Center. Witnesses said the Bell Jet Ranger appeared to lose power while hovering over the water. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

Mr. Weems had done extensive free-lance work for the National Geographic magazine, including photo work for stories on Georgia, North Carolina and Hungary.

He also had published several pictorial books, including "Georgia: The Home Place" in 1979, and a book on the University of Maryland. His book, "South," which was written by John Edgarton, is to be published soon.

Mr. Weems, who lived in Washington, was a native of Atlanta. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina and earned a master's degree in international law and economics at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He moved to this area in 1971. For the next four years, he was a legislative assistant to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii).

He was a member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers.

Survivors include his wife, Prisca Crettier Weems, a son, William S. (Will) Jr., and a daughter, Prisca Terven Weems, all of Washington, and two brothers, Marshall, of Franklin, Tenn., and James Harry Weems III of Horseshoe, N.C.


71, a retired pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bowie, died Aug. 21 at a hospital in Greenville, S.C., after a heart attack. A resident of Bowie, he was vacationing in South Carolina when he was stricken.

Dr. Beachboard entered the full-time ministry in 1961. He moved to the Washington area a year later and became pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church. He retired in 1981 as pastor emeritus.

He was a founder of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Laurel in 1969 and Concordia Lutheran Church in Upper Marlboro in 1973. He also had served as the interim pastor for Lutheran churches in Maryland and Virginia.

A native of Asheville, N.C., Dr. Beachboard graduated from the University of North Carolina. He received a bachelor of theology degree from the Concordia Theological Seminary in Illinois, a master's of divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Missouri and a doctorate of ministry from Concordia Theological Seminary in Indiana.

He began a career in radio in 1937 and during the 1940s and the 1950s was an announcer and executive at stations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. He became the manager of WFBC-TV in Greenville, S.C., in the late 1950s.

Dr. Beachboard was a member of the National Association of Religious Broadcasters and had been the group's Washington representative since 1981.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Echerd Beachboard of Bowie; two daughters, Patricia Faith of Riva, Md., and Sheila B. Nicholas of East Lansing, Mich.; one son, Ronald K. Beachboard of Spotsylvania, Va.; one sister, Edna Robinson of Jacksonville, Fla., and six grandchildren.


80, a retired market analyst with the Commerce Department, died of cancer Aug. 20 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Forman was born in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University and studied accounting at Benjamin Franklin University. He moved to the Washington area in 1934 and went to work for the old Federal Housing Administration.

He worked for the War Production Board during World War II and transferred to the Commerce Department about 1946. He retired in 1968 and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He returned to the Washington area in 1986.

Mr. Forman was a member of the Kenwood Golf and Country Club in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Forman, and one daughter, E. Gail Burd, both of Bethesda; one brother, Dr. Everett W. Forman of New York City and Bradenton, Fla.; one sister, Dr. Chichita Culbertson of Durham, N.C., and two grandchildren.