Lawrence Emerson Tull, 93, a retired rear admiral in the Navy Reserve who served as a Seabee battalion commander during World War II, an Army engineering officer in World War I and a Methodist missionary in Africa during the 1920s, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 7 at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital.

Adm. Tull, a civil engineer, retired from the Navy in 1956, but he continued to work as a civilian section head at the Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks until 1962.

Adm. Tull, a resident of Falls Church, was born in Charleston, Ill. His studies at the University of Cincinnati were interrupted by World War I when he served as an Army engineering officer in France.

He returned to the University of Cincinnati and received an engineering degree after the war. During the 1920s he served six years as a Methodist engineer-missionary in what was then Southern Rhodesia. He was construction superintendent of a $5.5 million building program there.

While in Africa, Adm. Tull married a fellow missionary, Agnes Moore. Their marriage ended in divorce.

Upon returning from Africa, Adm. Tull worked as a surveyor with the U.S. Geological Survey in the Washington area. In the 1930s and early 1940s he was resident engineer for construction of federal buildings, primarily post offices, in the Midwest.

He joined the Navy Reserve in 1942 and during World War II, commanded Seabee battalions on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian. On Guadalcanal, his unit was assigned to maintain the vital Henderson Field airstrip, and Adm. Tull was awarded a Legion of Merit for his work there.

After the war, Adm. Tull worked for two years as a civilian engineer in Cincinnati, but then returned to the Navy as industrial mobilization officer with the Bureau of Yards and Docks in Washington. In 1951, he was staff engineer in Iceland for the Iceland Defense Force.

He received a master's degree in engineering from George Washington University and did doctoral work at American University. After retiring, he did consulting work in surveying, engineering and air conditioning manufacturing.

He was a member of the Rotary Club and Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Emma Lee Hebb Tull of Falls Church; two sons of his first marriage, James R. Tull of Huntington Station, N.Y., and David E. Tull of Delaware, Ohio, and seven grandchildren.


68, a retired intelligence officer with the CIA who also had been a special agent with the FBI, died of cancer Sept. 7 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Meredith, a resident of Bethesda, was born in Jersey City. He graduated from Upsala College in East Orange, N.J., in 1942. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific.

After the war, he joined the FBI as a special agent and was assigned to New York City. In 1950, he moved to the Washington area and went to work for the State Department. In 1951, he transferred to the CIA and remained there until he retired from the agency in 1974.

For the next three years, Mr. Meredith was a real estate agent with the Colquitt Carruthers company in Potomac.

Mr. Meredith was a member of the River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife, Silfa Alonso Meredith of Bethesda; three sons, John Stephen Meredith of Alexandria, Jeffrey Ronald Meredith of Adelphi and David Allan Meredith of Bethesda; two daughters, Cynthia Meredith of Bethesda and Eileen Meredith of Oakland, and one sister, Florana Hansberry of Houston.


54, an economist with the International Monetary Fund, where he had worked since 1966, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 4 at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

Dr. Lin was born in Taiwan. He graduated from the National Taiwan University before moving to the United States in 1965 and receiving a master's degree in economics at Vanderbilt University on a Fulbright Scholarship. He received both a master's degree and a doctorate in economics from George Washington University.

He moved to the Washington area in 1966 and joined the IMF, where he was a senior economist at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife, Fu-Yun Pan Lin of Bethesda; three sons, Ben Lin of Arlington, Jan Lin of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Sam Lin of Bethesda; three sisters, Yu-Hsia Liu of Los Angeles, Hsio-Lan Liu of Birmingham, and Hsiu-Chin Chang of Chicago, and one brother, Tsong-Yuan Lin of Calgary, Alberta.


53, a pressman at the Baltimore Sun who had earlier been a pressman at The Washington Post, died of cancer Sept. 7 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mr. Harrington, a resident of Silver Spring, was born in Washington and attended Eastern High School. He served in the Navy during the Korean war.

After his Navy service, he became a pressman at The Post where he remained until a pressmen's strike in 1975. After The Post hired replacements for the strikers, Mr. Harrington joined the Baltimore Sun.

He was active in the pressmen's union and a member of the American Legion in Greenbelt and the Moose lodge in College Park.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Cady-Harrington of Silver Spring; one daughter, Lori Ann Harrington of Gaithersburg; one son, Thomas J. Harrington of Tacoma, Wash., and two grandchildren.