LeGrande A. (Pick) Diller, 86, a retired Army brigadier general who was one of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's closest aides during World War II, died of cancer Sept. 2 at his home in Reynolds, Ga.
Gen. Diller was sent to the Philippines in 1939 and joined MacArthur's staff in February 1941. He became the future five-star Army general's aide-de-camp and press relations adviser, remaining on his staff throughout the Pacific war and participating in many of its most historic moments.
He accompanied MacArthur on his daring PT-boat escape from the Philippines to Australia and ended the war as a leading Army representative on the committee that arranged the formal Japanese surrender aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Harbor on Sept. 2, 1945.
After the war, he remained with MacArthur, who was commanding Allied occupation forces in Japan, and spent two years as secretary of the Army general staff in Tokyo. From 1947 to 1954, Gen. Diller commanded infantry regiments in West Germany.
He retired for reasons of health in 1954 and two years later moved to Florida. He earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts at the Ringling School of Art in Bradenton, Fla., and served on the school's board of directors and did art work in Florida. He moved to Georgia earlier this year.
Gen. Diller was a native of New York state and earned his nickname laying rails in his youth. After his 1923 graduation from Syracuse University, he was commissioned in the infantry.
His first wife, Harriett (Hat) Diller, died in 1986. Survivors include his wife, Mary N. Diller, whom he married in July 1987 and who lives in Reynolds; a son, retired Army Col. Richard W. Diller of Killeen, Tex.; two brothers, retired Army Col. Everell, of Irving, Tex., and Thurlow, of Syracuse; two sisters, Onnolee Mosher of Tucson, and Rowena Diller of Syracuse; and a grandchild.
WILLIAM J. BRAY SR.,
84, a retired special assistant to the secretary of the Air Force and a former assistant postmaster general, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 3 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.
Mr. Bray became a page in the House of Representatives in 1916 and, in 1934, joined the secretarial staff of Postmaster General James A. Farley, who was also chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
During the early 1940s, Mr. Bray was an administrative assistant to Army Brig. Gen. Robert Johnson, who was vice chairman of the War Production Board. He became a special assistant on the White House staff of President Truman during the late 1940s.
In 1950, Mr. Bray was an assistant to Treasury Secretary John W. Snyder. He served as assistant chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the same period and in 1952 was appointed assistant postmaster general for finance.
He operated his own public relations agency for several years before becoming a special assistant to the secretary of the Air Force in 1963. He retired in 1968.
A native of Bridgeport, Conn., Mr. Bray grew up in Washington and graduated from St. John's College High School. He earned a law degree from Columbus University.
He was a member of the Columbia Country Club and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington.
His wife, Margaret Cuddy Bray, died in 1982. Survivors include a son, William J. Bray Jr. of Chevy Chase, and three grandchildren.
RABBI PAUL REICH,
78, a retired religious director of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, died of cancer Sept. 3 at his home in Potomac.
Dr. Reich was born in New York City. He graduated from the City College of New York and earned a master's degree in education at Columbia University. He received a doctorate of divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York and a doctorate in semitic languages from Johns Hopkins University.
During World War II, Dr. Reich served in the Navy as a chaplain. He taught at the Norfolk campus of The College of William & Mary and was a rabbi at Beth El Congregation in Norfolk before retiring in 1967. For the next 10 years, he was a rabbi at the Jewish Center of Island Park, N.Y.
He moved to the Washington area in 1977 and was religious director at the Hebrew Home until he retired for the second time in 1985.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Machlis Reich of Potomac; two daughters, Shulamith Elster of Rockville, and Judith Frank of Potomac; two sisters, Esther Lessack of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Gertrude Schwartz of Indianapolis; one brother, Moe Reich of Brooklyn, and six grandchildren.
FRANK C. MONTAGUE,
63, the retired owner of an Alexandria architectural firm, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 3 at the Woodbine Nursing Center in Alexandria. He lived in Arlington.
Mr. Montague was born in Christiansburg, Va. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he also earned a master's degree in architecture. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe. He was called back to active duty to serve in Korea during the war there.
After the war, he started his own firm, Montague & Associates. He helped design Redskin Park, the football team's training complex in Herndon, and designed numerous other structures in the area. He retired in 1986.
Mr. Montague was a member of the Alexandria Kiwanis Club and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. He had been active in Virginia Republican Party politics and was a member of Fairlington Presbyterian Church in Alexandria.
His marriage to Elizabeth Montague ended in divorce.
Survivors include one son, William Montague of Arlington; two daughters, Virginia Montague of Seattle, and Martha Frawley of Bensalem, Pa.; his father, retired Army Lt. Col. James L. Montague of Verona, Miss.; one brother, retired Air Force Col. Ronald B. Montague of Honolulu, and four grandchildren.
MARIE STOCKMAN WEADON,
84, a retired employe of Woodward & Lothrop department store and a member of the Glen Carlyn Citizens Association in Arlington, died of pneumonia Sept. 3 at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital. She lived in Arlington.
Mrs. Weadon was born in Cardiff, South Wales.She was a professional actress and had traveled with the Birmingham Repertory Theater in England before coming to the United States in 1926 and settling in the Washington area. She worked for Woodward & Lothrop's for about 20 years before retiring in 1959 as an assistant manager in the millinery department.
Her husband, Louis E. Weadon, died in 1985. Survivors include one daughter, Mary Presgrave Weadon of Arlington, and one sister, Kathleen Morris of South Wales.
GEORGE OWENS AUGUSTE,
73, a retired accountant with the Mayflower Hotel, died of congestive heart failure and emphysema Aug. 22 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington. He lived in Arlington.
Mr. Auguste was born in Washington and graduated from Eastern High School. He worked at the Potomac Rail Yards in Alexandria during the 1930s. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and in the Pacific.
He was an assistant manager with the old Goldensberg Furniture Store and had been an accountant with the Hecht Co. before going to work at the Mayflower about 1960. He retired for health reasons in 1963.
His marriage to Frances Auguste ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Catharine Harrington Auguste of Arlington, and a sister, Irene Auguste Bowling of Hughesville, Md.
JOSEPH A. MANZIONE,
60, an Agriculture Department lawyer who was a member of the Annandale Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died of cancer Sept. 3 at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in Annandale.
He had been with the Agriculture Department, where he worked in the inspector general's office, for the past 32 years.
Mr. Manzione, who moved here in 1953, was a native of Beaver, Utah. He served with the Army Air Forces in World War II. He was a graduate of Brigham Young University and the George Washington University law school.
Survivors include his wife, the former Joan McCance, of Annandale; a son, Joseph Anthony Manzione of Ann Arbor, Mich.; two daughters, Mary M. Irving of Kennewick, Wash., and Murray Manzione of Annandale; four brothers, Gordon, of Tooele, Utah, Richard, of Phoenix, Frank, of Los Angeles, and Larry, of Pittstown, N.J., and two grandchildren.
FRANCIS J. (DUTCH) HARTZ,
76, a mechanical engineer who was a retired NASA project manager, died of cancer Aug. 31 at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge. A former area resident who lived in Dunedin, Fla., he was undergoing treatment here to be near his children.
Mr. Hartz was a native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He came to this area after working at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during World War II. After a short time with the Naval Resarch Lab, he returned to Pennsylvania and joined the Westinghouse Corp.
In 1956, he returned here to the Naval Research Lab, where he worked until entering private industry in 1960. He worked for several establishments, including the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory before joining the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1962.
Among the posts he held at NASA was that of project manager in the Apollo Project's deep-dish telemetry tracking program. In 1973, he retired and moved to Florida.
Mr. Hartz was a member of the Springfield United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Millie, of Dunedin; two sons, James F., of Woodbridge, and the Rev. Norman R., of Germantown; two brothers, Dr. Robert K., of Glendale, Ariz., and Wilson F., of Dunedin; a sister, Alice Mollenaurer of Pittsburgh, and eight grandchildren.
LOUISE MORAN GROSS,
91, a former Washington area resident who had moved to Florida, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 30 at a hospital in Brandon, Fla.
Mrs. Gross, who moved from Washington to Brandon in 1959, was born in Philadelphia. She grew up in the Washington area and in later years managed her holdings of commercial and residential property.
Her first husband, Paul A. Moran, died in 1936.
Survivors include her husband, Paul L. Gross of Brandon; five children by her first marriage, Mary L. Trexler of Forestville, Alice Brenner of Alexandria, Paul A. Moran of Chesapeake Beach, Md., John Z. Moran of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., and Edwin H. Moran of Clinton; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
RUSSELL B. FLANDERS JR.,
63, a retired director of the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, died of a stroke Sept. 3 at the Prince George's Hospital Center. He lived in Bowie.
Mr. Flanders was born in Weare, N.H. He graduated from New England College in New Hampshire. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe. After that, he worked as a salesman in Auburn, N.Y.
He moved to the Washington area in 1957 and went to work for the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, where he directed the Occupational Outlook Program and helped develop a handbook used by student counselors across the nation.
Mr. Flanders joined the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, a government agency, in 1978 and retired as its director in 1986.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Flanders of Bowie; three daughters, Cathy F. Hamilton of Bowie, Susan Flanders of Kensington, and Cynthia Flanders of Silver Spring; two brothers, Robert B. Flanders of Antrim, N.H., and Bruce S. Flanders of Dardanelle, Ark.; and one grandchild.