Eugene Cassin Carusi, 82, a Washington lawyer since 1938 who was a former university official, federal prosecutor, and decorated Navy combat veteran of World War II, died of respiratory failure Nov. 14 at his home in Washington.
He had served as a director of the D.C. Bar Association from 1961 to 1963, and had served as trustee of George Washington University.
Mr. Carusi was born in Washington to one of this city's oldest families. The first of his family settled here in 1802. Another relation, Commodore Stephen Cassin, was a hero of the War of 1812. His grandfather Eugene Carusi was founder of the old National University. His father, Charles Francis Carusi, had chaired the city Board of Education and served as chancellor of the National University law school.
Mr. Carusi graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1928. After serving aboard cruisers and battleships, he resigned from the Navy to enter law school.
He graduated from National University law school in 1934, then spent the next four years as an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1939, he began the private practice of general law, from which he never retired. Also, in the late 1930s and early 1940s, he was dean and assistant chancellor of the economics and government school at National University.
In March 1941, he was recalled to active Navy duty as a lieutenant. He was stationed aboard a munitions carrier at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese forces attacked the base. In June 1944, as commander of a naval beach battalion on Normandy's Omaha Beach, during the famous D-Day landings, he earned the Silver Star Medal. Shortly after the landings, he was seriously wounded. During the remainder of the war, he worked as a staff officer in Washington. He retired from the Navy again in 1946, having attained the rank of commander. In addition to the Silver Star, his decorations included the Purple Heart Medal and French Croix de Guerre.
He was a member of the Chevy Chase, Burning Tree and Metropolitan clubs.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Cecil Perry, of Washington; two daughters, Mrs. Pierre Pose of Paris, and Mrs. Howell Scott of New York City; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
GEORGE W. HIGGS JR.,
82, a retired civil engineer with the Navy's Bureau of Yards and Docks who had lived in the Washington area since 1940, died of cancer Nov. 12 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Arlington.
Mr. Higgs was a native of Parsons, W.Va., and earned a degree in civil engineering at New York University. He spent 31 years with the government, the last 21 of them with the Navy Department, before retiring in 1965. In addition to the Navy Department, he had worked for the old Works Progress Administration and the U.S. Forest Service. He had worked in Indiana, Texas, and West Virginia, before moving here.
From 1965 to 1972, he had worked with a son, Gerry E. Higgs, in the consulting engineering firm of Higgs & Higgs in Fairfax. The elder Mr. Higgs was an organizer and past president of the Virginia Canals and Navigations Society and a member of the National Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of Professional Engineers.
He was the recipient of a Navy civilian commendation medal and of service awards from the National Society of Civil Engineers and an area civil defense organization.
In addition to his son, Gerry, of Fairfax, his survivors include his wife, Florence, of Arlington; another son, George Donald Higgs of Chapel Hill, N.C.; a daughter, Virginia Downey of Churchton, Md.; a brother, Edward, of Louisiana; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
MEREDITH MAHLON DAUBIN,
87, a retired Washington tax attorney and a former federal tax accountant, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 13 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Daubin was born in Lamar, Mo. He graduated from St. Louis University in Missouri and received a law degree from George Washington University. During World War I, he served in the Navy.
He moved to the Washington area in 1925 and joined what eventually became the Internal Revenue Service. He began his law practice in 1928 as an associate with the law firm of Dow, Learners and Albertson, where he specialized in tax law and estate planning. Mr. Daubin left the firm about 1955 and continued his law career until he retired in 1978.
He was a Mason and a member of Almas Temple and the Scottish Rite Temple. He was a past national chancellor of Delta Theta Phi, the national law fraternity, and a past chapter president of the Civil War Roundtable. He was a past president of the Westchester Cooperative Association and a member of Congressional Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Belle Daubin of Washington; one daughter, Mary Anne Miller of Rio de Janeiro; and three grandchildren.
LILLIAN GERTRUDE CHAPMAN GARDNER,
84, a retired clerk with the General Services Administration, died of respiratory failure Nov. 3 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Washington.
Mrs. Gardner was born in Harrisburg, Pa., grew up in the Washington area, and attended Bowie State College. She joined the GSA in 1943 and worked for the agency for 30 years before retiring in 1973.
She was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, where she was active with the Pilgrim Tithing Club.
Her husband, George S. Gardner, died in 1973. Survivors include one son, Charles S. Gardner, and one sister, Gwendolyn L. Thurber, both of Washington; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
KENNETH VINCENT BROWN,
58, a deputy with the Prince George's County Sheriff's Department for the past 18 years, died Nov. 13 at the Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis after a heart attack. He was stricken while visiting his son.
Mr. Brown, who lived in Bowie, was born in Beaver Falls, Pa. He served in the Air Force during the late 1940s. He worked in the steel mills in the Beaver Falls area before moving to the Washington area in 1960.
He worked as an insurance agent and as a driver for the old D.C. Transit before joining the sheriff's department in 1969. He was a sergeant with the department at the time of his death.
Mr. Brown was a member of the Deputy Sheriffs Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Moose lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne K. Brown of Bowie; three sons, Kevin L. Brown of Bowie, Kenneth M. Brown of Annapolis, and Bruce E. Brown of Silver Spring, and eight grandchildren.
WALTER E. O'BRIEN,
68, a retired federal criminal investigator who had served with a legendary guerrilla unit of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 12 at his home in Rockville.
During World War II, he was an infantry officer assigned to OSS duties. He served in Burma with the unit that became known as "Detachment 101." He parachuted behind enemy lines, then took part in the small unit's legendary exploits in conducting hit-and-run combat and invaluable intelligence forays for the rest of the war.
In addition to leading the way for British, American and Chinese units seeking to drive the Japanese out of Burma, 101 also worked with and supplied Kachin tribesmen who were fighting the Japanese invader. He was a captain at war's end and retired from the Army reserves in 1972 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
After the war, Mr. O'Brien remained in the Far East. He made a career as a criminal investigator with the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Customs Bureau and worked in international narcotics control and worked in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. He retired in 1974.
From 1974 until retiring a second time in 1982, he worked for Dictograph Security Systems in Bethesda, where he held marketing posts. Mr. O'Brien, who had lived in the Washington area since 1964, was a native of Madera, Calif.
His marriage to Alice O'Brien ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, of Rockville; three children by his first marriage, Patrick R. O'Brien and Julie Amorose, both of Twentynine Palms, Calif., and Robyn Molloy of Knoxville, Md., and eight grandchildren.
KEITH E. STOLLDORF,
65, a senior vice president of the Dairy and Food Industry Supply Association, died of cancer Nov. 13 at his home in Annandale.
During his 20-year career with the food supply association, he devoted much of his attention to trade show expositions. Before joining the association, he had spent 20 years with the U.S. Gypsum Corp. in Washington and in Chicago.
Mr. Stolldorf was a native of Wymore, Neb., and attended Northwestern University. He served with the Army in Europe during World War II.
He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Annandale and the National Association of Exposition Managers.
Survivors include his wife, Carol, of Annandale; two sons, Scott, of Newport News, Va., and Dan, of Gaithersburg; a brother, D. Murray Stolldorf of Wymore, and six grandchildren.
A. COURTNEY HAYDEN IV,
45, a Washington native who lived here until the early 1960s, died of a liver disease Nov. 12 at a hospital in San Francisco. He lived in San Francisco.
Mr. Hayden was a graduate of the Priory Catholic school in Washington. He was a graduate of Fordham University and received a master's degree in English at the University of Virginia. He taught English at Cleveland State University in Ohio in the early 1970s. He moved to California in the late 1970s, and was a hotel manager at the time of his death.
Survivors include his mother, Ethel Cater Hayden of Washington, and a brother, John T. Hayden of San Francisco.
ESTHER B. SCRIBNER,
84, a former home economics teacher who had been active in church and charitable organizations, died of an aneurysm of the aorta Nov. 8 at The Virginian, a retirement community in Fairfax.
Mrs. Scribner was born in Indianapolis. She graduated from DePauw University and taught home economics to delinquent girls in Pittsburgh before her marriage to the Rev. Norman O. Scribner, a United Methodist clergyman.
She accompanied him on assignments to churches in Washington in the early 1930s, Gaithersburg from 1935 to 1940, and to Baltimore and Cumberland, Md., where he died in 1952.
After her husband's death, Mrs. Scribner was a home economics teacher in Allegany County's Oldtown High School before moving back to the Washington area in 1967.
She was a member of Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church in Olney and did volunteer work with Meals on Wheels. She also was an amateur oil painter, specializing in still lifes and landscapes.
Survivors include two children, Norman Scribner of Washington and Judith Block of Los Altos, Calif.; one brother, the Rev. Robert Y. Johnson of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; one sister, Janet Chatham of Chickasha, Okla., and seven grandchildren.
97, a retired Washington restaurateur who had been a member of the Washington Restaurant Owners Association, died of pneumonia Nov. 12 at a retirement home in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mr. Lurba was born in Ulldemolins, Spain. He moved to the United States in 1910 and settled in New York City. He moved to the Washington area in 1915.
In 1918 he opened his first restaurant, the Pure Food Shop. In later years, he owned and operated several eating establishments in Washington including the Pomona, the Ceres, the Balkan and the Neptune Room. He retired in 1955 and moved to Florida.
His wife, Eugenie J. Lurba, died in 1974. Survivors include one son, Jacques W. Lurba of Chevy Chase; one daughter, Madeleine L. Freeman of Vienna, and three grandchildren.
BERNARD MARTIN ANDERSON,
71, a retired management training officer with the Federal Aviation Administration and a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, died Nov. 10 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Perry Point, Md. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Col. Anderson was born in Maple City, Kan., and graduated from the University of Kansas. During World War II, he served in Army in Europe. He returned to active duty in the Air Force and served in the Korean War. He retired from the reserves in 1976.
He joined the FAA in Kansas City in 1954 and transferred to the Washington area in 1969. He retired from the FAA in 1976 as management training officer with the personnel office.
He was an elder with the Knox Presbyterian Church in Falls Church and a past treasurer and a tutor with the Northern Virignia Literacy Council.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannette, of Falls Church; one daughter, Gail Anderson of Alexandria; one son, Richard Anderson of Princeton, N.J.; one sister, Shirley Darnall of Arkansas City, Kan.; and one granddaughter.