George W. Graves Jr., 62, a general agent for The New England, a life insurance company, and a partner in the Bethesda-based Graves Financial Group, died Sept. 29 at Suburban Hospital after a heart attack.
Mr. Graves had been in the insurance business in the Washington area since graduating from Georgetown University in 1949. He began with what then was New England Life Insurance Co., and he had been general agent since 1966. At the time of his death he was in a business partnership with a son, Robert A. Graves.
A resident of Bethesda, Mr. Graves was born in Washington, graduated from the old Western High School and served in the Army during World War II. He had a chartered life underwriter's degree from American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
He was a past president of the D.C. Life Underwriters Association, the Greater Washington General Agents and Managers Association and the Greater Washington chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters. He was a regional vice president of the American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters.
In 1971, Mr. Graves received the Bernard L. Wilner Award of the D.C. Life Underwriters Association for outstanding service to the life insurance industry. In 1967, 1971 and 1986 his company had received a President's Trophy from The New England for outstanding sales.
Mr. Graves was a member of Kenwood Golf and Country Club and a tennis enthusiast. He was a former baseball coach for the Bethesda Boys Club.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth E. Graves of Bethesda; three daughters, Barbara E. Graves of Los Angeles, Margaret G. Laniak of Germantown and Elizabeth G. Langlie of Kensington; two sons, Robert A. Graves of Potomac and George W. Graves III of Rockville, and eight grandchildren.
VIRGINIA HENRY SNOWDEN,
80, a retired teacher and principal with the Montgomery County public schools who later worked for Signet Bank, died of cancer Oct. 1 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Washington.
Mrs. Snowden was born in Camden, N.J. She graduated from Glassboro State College in New Jersey and earned a master's degree in education at the University of Maryland.
In 1942 she moved to the Washington area and joined the Montgomery County public school system as a teacher. She became an elementary school principal in 1962 and retired in 1976.
In 1980, Mrs. Snowden became a bookkeeping supervisor with Security National Bank, which became part of the Signet Bank system. She retired for health reasons earlier this year.
She was a lay minister at Plymouth United Church of Christ in Washington, where she was active in the Plymouthites Senior Citizens Club.
Her husband, Dr. Lorenzo Snowden, died in 1979. Survivors include two sisters, Nellie Moore of Baltimore and Mable Sorrells of Philadelphia.
ROBERT JOHN BECKELMAN JR.,
52, a Washington native and a retired chief air traffic controller at the Philadelphia International Airport, died of respiratory arrest Sept. 23 at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, Md.
Mr. Beckelman, who lived in Berlin, Md., graduated from Central High School in Suitland and attended Dowling College in New York. From about 1953 to 1957 he served in the Air Force.
In 1958 he joined the Federal Aviation Administration and became an air traffic controller. He was assigned to National Airport in Washington and later to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. In 1974, he became chief air traffic controller in Philadelphia. He retired for health reasons in 1981 and moved to Berlin.
Survivors include his wife, Mary N. Beckelman, and a son, Robert J. Beckelman III, both of Berlin; four daughters, Pamela Marquette of Downingtown, Pa., Brenda Robins Gray of Salisbury, Md., and Peggy Lynn Westwood and Mary Kim McCrudden, both of West Chester, Pa.; three brothers, William Beckelman of Los Altos Hills, Calif., Ronald Beckelman of California, and Carroll Beckelman of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; a half-brother, Frank Martinelli of Carlisle, Pa., and seven grandchildren.
REMBERT GARY ALLEN,
89, a retired Air Force architect who designed housing for servicemen and their families at posts in the United States and Europe, died of pneumonia and heart ailments Sept. 29 at his home in Marco Island, Fla.
Mr. Allen was born in Lowndesville, S.C., and graduated from Clemson University. He also studied architecture at Cornell and received a diploma in architecture at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts at Fontainebleau in France.
Before moving to the Washington area in the mid-1930s, he was an architect in Boca Raton, Fla., and in New York City.
Mr. Allen worked for the Department of the Navy here and during World War II was official photographer for the Navy's Camouflage Workshop, a program to design and develop camouflage for naval ships and stations.
He became an Air Force architect after the war, and from 1952 to 1954 was assigned in Germany to design houses at bases in Europe. He returned here in 1954 and retired in 1968 as senior design architect for family housing at Air Force headquarters.
At retirement he received the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
A former resident of McLean, Mr. Allen moved to Marco Island when he retired.
His marriage to the former Dorothy Sigman ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Spaulding Allen of Marco Island; a son by his first marriage, R. Gary Allen of Delmar, Calif.; two children by his second marriage, Bannister B. Allen of Greensboro, N.C., and Joy Allen Thornton of Arlington, and a grandchild.
LILLIAN CATHERINE McLAURIN,
72, a former law librarian who worked in the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, the U.S. Tax Court and the Treasury Department in Washington, died of cancer and pneumonia Sept. 22 in a hospital in Natchez, Miss.
Miss McLaurin was born in Natchez. She graduated from Vanderbilt University where she also took a law degree. She had a degree in library science from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville and a master's degree in law from George Washington University.
Before moving to this area during the early years of World War II, Miss McLaurin was a law librarian at Vanderbilt. She served in the WAVES during the war, and she remained in the Naval Reserve afterwards until she retired in 1974 as a lieutenant commander.
In the late 1940s, Miss McLaurin became a civilian law librarian in the office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. Later she worked at the U.S. Tax Court. She retired from the Treasury Department and returned to Natchez in 1973.
Miss McLaurin was a former resident of Washington and a Sunday school teacher at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her mother, Leone Rauch McLaurin of Natchez.
THOMAS F. KELLY,
74, a retired sales representative who sold data processing equipment for the Friden Business Machines company, now part of the Singer company, died Sept. 25 at Arlington Hospital. He had heart and lung ailments.
Mr. Kelly, a resident of Arlington, was born in Butte, Mont., and he attended the University of Montana. He moved to Washington in the 1930s and received a law degree from Columbus University.
During World War II he served in the Navy in the Pacific and he was recalled to active duty from the Reserves in the Korean war.
In the early 1950s Mr. Kelly went to work for the old Atomic Energy Commission. About 1960, he joined the Friden company. He retired in 1973.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington.
His marriage to the former Mary A. MacDonald ended in divorce.
Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Ann Kowaliw of Mathews, Va.; two brothers, Terrence and Coley Kelly, and a sister, Mary Shields, all of Butte, and a grandchild.
RICHARD MERLE HARBECK,
64, a retired research associate at the U.S. Office of Education and its National Institute of Education, died of cancer Sept. 25 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney.
Mr. Harbeck, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Olean, N.Y. During World War II he was a radio operator in the old Army Air Forces. While serving in the crew of a B-17 heavy bomber in the 8th Air Force in Britain, he was shot down over occupied Europe. He spent two years as a prisoner of war of the Germans.
After the war he graduated from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and earned a master's degree in mathematics at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Mr. Harbeck was a school principal in Ohio and Michigan before moving to the Washington area in 1959 to work for the Office of Education. He later transferred to the National Institute of Education, and he retired in 1977 for reasons of health.
He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Science Teachers Association and the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church.
His first wife, the former Betty Rittenhouse, died in 1964.
Survivors include his wife, Mary B. Harbeck of Silver Spring; two children by his first marriage, Susan H. Cohen of Clarksville, Va., and Katherine Bibber of Batavia, Ill.; a stepdaughter, Marjorie Kolb of Rockville; two sisters, Janet Cornell of Buffalo and Florence Bartlett of Phoenix; a brother, Warren Harbeck of Edmonton, Alberta, and six grandchildren.
HOWARD J. KOPP,
87, a former Washington area resident and a retired machinist with the physics department at the University of Maryland, died Sept. 17 at a nursing home in Dallastown, Pa. He had leukemia.
Mr. Kopp was born in Hanover Junction, Pa. He worked as a machinist in Pennsylvania before moving to the Washington area in 1934 and joining the Washington Navy Yard, where he worked in the fuse factory.
He transferred to the Naval Ordnance Center in Silver Spring in about 1945 and went to work for the University of Maryland in the early 1950s. He retired in 1970 and lived in Florida and York, Pa., before moving to Dallastown in 1985.
Mr. Kopp was a member of Lodge 174 of the Grand Lodge International of the Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Survivors include his wife, Dora Warner Kopp of Dallastown; a son, the Rev. Lamar W. Kopp of Washington; three grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
LAWRENCE C. MERTHAN,
69, a lawyer who was a government relations counselor here for the Hill and Knowlton public relations firm, died of cancer Sept. 30 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Merthan had worked in Washington for the last 28 years, beginning in 1959 with his service on the legislative staff of former Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-Minn.).
From 1965 to 1968 he was director of governmental relations here for Pfizer Inc., the pharmaceutical company. In 1968, he joined Hill and Knowlton as senior vice president and administrative officer in the firm's Washington office.
In 1974 Mr. Merthan was named executive vice president of the Carpet & Rug Institute in Washington. In 1978 he entered a private law practice here. Most recently he was with the firm of Zuckert, Scoutt, Rasenberger & Johnson. He rejoined Hill and Knowlton earlier this year.
Mr. Merthan was born in St. Paul, Minn., and he graduated from the College of St. Thomas there. He served in the old Army Air Forces during World War II and received a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He practiced law in St. Paul. In 1958 and 1959, he was in Germany as a member of the U.S. Education Commission.
His first wife, the former Rita Chapowicki, died in 1981.
Survivors include his wife, Claudia Boettcher Merthan of Washington; a daughter by his first marriage, Mary Elizabeth Merthan of Washington; two stepsons, E. Thurn Hoffman of New York City and Charles B. Hoffman of Eureka, S.D., and a brother, John Merthan, and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Burton, both of St. Paul.
THE REV. WILLIAM A. EMMANS,
85, a retired pastor of the First Baptist Church of New Carrollton, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 28 at a hospital in Pinellas Park, Fla. He moved to Redington Beach, Fla., in 1975.
Mr. Emmans was born in Paterson, N.J. He graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in Illinois and the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
He moved to the Washington area in 1928 and became the pastor of Maryland Avenue Baptist Church in Washington. When the church moved to New Carrollton in 1963, its name was changed to First Baptist Church. He remained pastor until he retired in 1973.
In the 1950s, Mr. Emmans taught at the Washington Bible College. He also was the founder and a past director of Camp Wabanna, a summer youth camp in Mayo, Md.
Survivors include his wife, Viola Emmans of Redington Beach; a son, Robert C. Emmans of Glenn Dale; a daughter, Mary Ryman of Mitchellville, and two grandchildren.