Edmund Harry Farstad, 66, a retired director of the technical assistance division of the Agriculture Department's Office of International Cooperation and Development, died of cancer Sept. 9 at Suburban Hospital.
Dr. Farstad, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Harvey, N.D. He graduated from Bradley University in Illinois. He earned a master's degree in economics at the University of Minnesota and a doctorate in economics at American University. During World War II, he served in the Army.
He moved to the Washington area in 1948 and became an economic analyst with the Department of Agriculture. During the 1950s and the 1960s, he had assignments in India, Pakistan and Africa. From 1968 to 1971, he was on loan to the Agency for International Development in Vietnam.
Dr. Farstad became technical assistance director of what became the OICD in 1974 and retired about 1977.
He received the Agriculture Department's Distinguished Service Award.
His first wife, Ruth L. Farstad, died in 1985.
Survivors include his wife, Magdalena Farstad of Bethesda; two children by his first marriage, Edward C. Farstad of Arlington and Alice M. Boyer of Olney; his father, Eddie Carl Farstad of Harvey; a brother, Dan K. Farstad of Buffalo; a sister, Erva Carlson of Sun City, Calif., and two grandchildren.
ALFRED P. PISANI,
55, a retired official of the Agency for International Development and the Drug Enforcement Administration, died of cancer Sept. 8 at Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax.
Mr. Pisani, a resident of Fairfax, was born in Cambridge, Mass. He served in the Air Force during the early 1950s. He graduated from the University of Maine.
He moved to the Washington area in 1963, joined AID and later served two years in Ecuador and four years in South Vietnam as a community redevelopment specialist. He attended the Army's special warfare school at Fort Bragg, N.C.
In 1972 Mr. Pisani left AID and joined the DEA as an intelligence research specialist assigned in Washington and Argentina. He received a sustained superior performance award. He retired in 1982.
In retirement, Mr. Pisani served one year under contract to the State Department as a member of the narcotics advisory unit at the U.S. Embassy in Peru.
He was a past Grand Knight of the Father Diamond Council of the Knights of Columbus in Fairfax, a fourth-degree member of the Father Malloy Assembly of the Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Fairfax.
Survivors include his wife, Luanne Pisani of Fairfax; one daughter, Lisa Marie Ulisse of Dale City; one son, Michael Anthony Pisani of Woodbridge; his mother, Mary Pisani of Fairfax; one brother, Edward F. Pisani of Fairfax, and two grandchildren.
COLEMAN LEE BAKER,
59, a retired Air Force colonel and fighter pilot, died Sept. 7 of injuries suffered in an accidental fall from the roof of his home in McLean.
Fairfax police said Col. Baker was pronounced dead at Fairfax Hospital of a broken neck and internal injuries. He was cleaning the gutters on his roof when he fell.
Col. Baker served 27 years in the Air Force before he retired in 1978. He flew 66 combat missions in Vietnam. He had been assigned in the Washington area since 1973, and at his retirement was chief of an operations group at Air Force headquarters.
Other assignments included duty in West Germany, England, Korea, Japan, Okinawa and Thailand. Col. Baker attended the Army War College and the Air Command and Staff College.
His military decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal.
Col. Baker was born in Zionsville, Ind. He graduated from Purdue University and received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.
Since 1980, Col. Baker had been a senior member of the technical staff at Computer Sciences Corp. in Falls Church.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Casbeer Baker of McLean; one son, Stephen Jeffrey Baker of Boston; one daughter, Elizabeth Lee Baker of San Francisco; one sister, Lorraine Turpin of Indiana, and two brothers, Roscoe Baker of Wisconsin and John Baker of Indiana.
ARISTOTLE HOMER CONSTANTINE ROUMEL,
62, co-owner of C. Roumel & Co., a family real estate development firm in Washington, died Sept. 6 at Winchester Memorial Hospital in Winchester, Va., of injuries he received that day in a traffic accident in Wardensville, W.Va.
West Virginia State Police officials said Mr. Roumel was westbound on Rte. 55 when his car crossed the center line on a curve and collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer truck.
A lifelong resident of Washington, Mr. Roumel graduated from Wilson High School and the University of Florida. He served in the Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Roumel worked in his family business all of his professional life.
He was a member of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington.
Survivors include his wife, the former Wilma Wolfe, one son, Constantine, two daughters, Vasiliky and Kathryn, and one brother, Theodore, all of Washington.
MERWIN WHITCOMB KAYE,
64, a retired assistant general counsel of the Department of Agriculture, died Sept. 8 at his home in Alexandria after a heart attack.
Mr. Kaye was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Albany, Ga. He served in the Army in North Africa and Europe during World War II, and was awarded two Bronze Star medals.
After the war, he attended Georgetown University, the University of Biarritz and the University of Maryland, and earned a law degree at the University of Georgia in 1949.
He joined the Department of Agriculture in Washington after law school and, except for six years at the State Department from 1958 until 1964, he remained there until he retired in 1981.
At the State Department, Mr. Kaye was chief legal officer for foreign aid to Korea. His duties as assistant general counsel at Agriculture included heading the nutrition and food service. Previously, he had helped form the soil bank program, served as general attorney for the Commodity Credit Corporation and served as an adviser to the graduate school.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Ruth Lincoln Kaye of Alexandria; two daughters, Merrie Lincoln Kaye of Alexandria and Larisa Elizabeth Kaye of Charlottesville, and one son, Arthur Lincoln Kaye of Alexandria.
67, a specialist in electronic defense who was an independent consultant to several corporations, died of cancer Sept. 9 at Georgetown University Hospital.
Dr. Rappaport, a Bethesda resident, was born in New York City. He graduated from the City College of New York and received a master's degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
He came to the Washington area in 1956 as vice president of Emerson Radio & Phonograph Corp. in Silver Spring. He then worked in Chicago for two years in the early 1960s. He returned to this area in 1964 to become vice president for government operations at Scope Inc., an electronics firm in Reston. He left Scope in 1969 and had been an independent consultant since then.
Dr. Rappaport was awarded the Pioneer Medal by the Association of Old Crows for his work on electronic defense. He was a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He was a member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation and the Woodmont Country Club, and was admissions officer for Camp Kaufman, a camp for underprivileged children on the Chesapeake Bay.
His first wife, Augusta Rappaport, died in 1967.
Survivors include his wife, Sonia Sharlin Rappaport of Bethesda; four children by his second marriage, Lisa Rappaport Morris, Julie Rappaport, Michael Rappaport and Douglas Rappaport, all of Bethesda; two children by his first marriage, Barbara Rappaport Brown of Bethesda and Nolan Rappaport of Potomac; one sister, Lilly McCormack of New York City; one brother, Abraham Rappaport of Miami, and four grandchildren.