OBITUARIES

Ray J. Madden, 95, an Indiana Democrat who served in the House of Representatives from 1943 to 1977 and who was a former chairman of the powerful Rules Committee, died of a heart ailment Sept. 28 at the Washington Hospital Center. He lived in Washington.

During his last several years in office, he chaired Rules and became a vocal opponent of live television coverage of House proceedings. During his 34-year House career, he also had served as chairman of the Democratic Steering Committee and been a member of the old Naval Affairs and the Education and Labor committees.

He was perhaps best known for his chairing a 1952 committee that investigated the "Katyn Forest Massacre" of Polish officers by Russians when the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were allies and both had attacked Poland at the beginning of World War II. Later, nearly 4,300 bodies were uncovered.

He succeeded Rep. William Colmer (D-Miss.) as Rules Committee chairman in 1973. By this time, the years had begun to take their toll, and Mr. Madden was unable to use his chairmanship to make the committee more responsive to the House Democratic leadership, as some had hoped.

Mr. Madden was a native of Minnesota. After earning a law degree in 1913 at Creighton University in Omaha, he remained in that city and practiced law and became a municipal judge.

After World War I Navy service, he began practicing law in Gary, Ind. From 1935 to 1938, he was comptroller of Gary, then spent four years as treasurer of Lake County, Ind. In 1942, he was elected to the House from Indiana's First District, in the state's northwest corner, a region largely dependent on steel, which includes the towns of Gary, Hammond and East Chicago.

Following his 1976 primary defeat by Adam Benjamin Jr., Mr. Madden continued to live in Washington. He never married.

WILLIAM F. KASTNER JR.,

62, a retired deputy director of administration for printing and information systems at the Air Force Systems Command at Andrews Air Force Base, died of cancer Sept. 26 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, Md.

Mr. Kastner, a resident of Prince Frederick, was born in Baltimore. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Atlantic. He attended Anne Arundel Community College and graduated from the University of Maryland.

A printer by profession, Mr. Kastner began his career at the Baltimore Sun Papers. He later went to work for the Government Printing Office. In the late 1960s he joined the Air Force Systems Command.

When he retired in 1986, he received the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal from the secretary of the Air Force.

Mr. Kastner was a Mason and a member of Elks Lodge No. 2620 in Prince Frederick.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Ruth L. Kastner of Prince Frederick; two daughters, Roxanne L. Kastner of Prince Frederick and Judith L. McConnell of Frankfort-am-Main, West Germany; his mother, Dorothy Kastner, and one brother, Donald L. Kastner, both of Randallstown, Md., and two grandchildren.

RUTH BITTING BRAUN,

78, a retired Navy captain's wife who accompanied her husband on military assignments around the world, died of cancer Sept. 27 at Alexandria Hospital.

Mrs. Braun, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Mitchellville, Md. She was a graduate of McKinley High School in Washington.

During her husband's naval career she lived in Hawaii, California and Germany, and she had lived in Alexandria since the 1950s.

Survivors include her husband, Capt. William B. Braun, and two sons, William B. Braun II and Peter Newkirk Braun, all of Alexandria; one sister, Eleanor Williamson of Suisun, Calif., and three grandchildren.

BARBARA DAVENPORT STROMSEM,

77, a former resident of Washington and Bethesda who was active in volunteer work in this area, died of cancer Sept. 26 at her home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Mrs. Stromsem was born in Clinton, N.Y. She graduated from Simmons College.

She lived in the Washington area from the late 1930s until the late 1970s, and she had done volunteer work at Bethesda Naval Hospital. She was a member of Bethesda Country Club.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Karl Stromsem of Rancho Santa Fe; two daughters, Julia Meek of Chevy Chase and Karla Muth of Laurel; two sons, Peter L. Stromsem of Allentown, Pa., and John Stromsem of Rancho Santa Fe, and five grandchildren.

JOSEPH CLIFTON MILLNER SR.,

67, a retired Montgomery County schoolteacher, died of pneumonia Sept. 25 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mr. Millner, who lived in Wheaton, was born in Martinsville, Va., and he graduated from Virginia Union University. He received a master's degree in education from New York University.

During World War II he was a forward observer with an Army field artillery unit in Europe.

Before moving to the Washington area around 1970 he was a teacher and elementary school principal in Ridgeway, Va., and a mathematics teacher in Gary, Ind.

Mr. Millner taught at Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village junior high schools before he retired in 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Burneitha Armwood Millner of Wheaton, and one son, Joseph C. Millner Jr., and two daughters, Alvera D. Millner and Linda Millner Murphy, all of Baltimore.

FLETCHER GOLSON,

69, a retired employe of the General Services Administration who was a building custodian at the Pentagon, died of cancer Sept. 26 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington.

Mr. Golson, a resident of Washington, was born in Fort Deposit, Ala. He served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II.

He moved to Washington in 1957 and was a building attendant at an apartment complex in Arlington until he went to work for the GSA in 1972. He retired in August 1987.

His wife, Odell Golson, died in 1966.

Survivors include his mother, Celia Golson of Washington; one brother, Roosevelt Golson, also of Washington, and eight sisters, Leutisha Harrison of Baltimore, Celia Prioleau of Oakland, Calif., Ella Wyatt of St. Albans, N.Y., and Berthene Joyner, Annabelle Brown, Bernell Boone, Mary Hardy and Laura Harris, all of Washington.