John Thomas Moore Reddan, 77, a consultant to several congressional groups who was a retired chief counsel of the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on investigations, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 23 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

He began his career on Capitol Hill in 1957 as chief counsel of the House Government Operations Committee's international operations subcommittee. He joined Armed Services as subcommittee chief counsel in 1964. He retired in 1973. During those years, his projects included work on the congressional investigation of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.

Mr. Reddan was a native of Trenton, N.J., and moved here to attend college. He received undergradute and law degrees at Georgetown University. He served with the Navy in the Atlantic theater and in Puerto Rico during World War II. After that, he spent a short time as a special assistant to the U.S. attorney general, then spent about 10 years in the private practice of general law before going to work on Capitol Hill.

He was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife, the former Josephine Agnew, of Bethesda; two sons, Michael Moore Reddan of Alexandria and John Agnew Reddan of Bethesda; two daughters, Mary Jo Barnes of Gaithersburg and Susan Reddan Mason of Takoma Park; a sister, Margaret E. Mundell of Potomac, and 10 grandchildren.


82, a professor emeritus of the University of Maryland's agriculture and education extension department, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 23 at his home in Silver Spring.

He served on the Maryland faculty from 1965 until retiring as professor emeritus in 1978. Over the years, he taught courses dealing with education, education psychology and education communications.

Dr. Ryden, who had lived in the Washington area since 1965, was a native of Texas. He was a graduate of Augsburg College in Minnesota and received a master's degree in education psychology from the University of Minnesota. He received a doctorate in education psychology from Northwestern University.

Before joining the Maryland faculty, he was a professor at Purdue University from 1947 to 1965. Before going to Purdue, he taught at Minnesota and Northwestern. He was an elder of the Colesville Presbyterian Church, an officer of the American Education Association, and a member of the Adult Education Association.

Survivors include his wife, Doris E., of Silver Spring; two sons, Rolf, of Chadds Ford, Pa., and John, of Bowie; a daughter, Ann Quinn of Olney; two sisters, Hildur Ryden and Aina Anderson, both of St. Paul, Minn., and four grandchildren.


77, a statistician who had worked for the Labor Department and the old Bureau of the Budget and who was a past chapter president of the American Federation of Government Employees, died of cancer Jan. 23 at his home in Hyattsville.

He spent 30 years with the Labor Department, where he became chief statistician in its employees compensation bureau, before 1967 when he transferred to the Budget Bureau. He retired in 1970.

Mr. Brayer also had done work for the State Department, the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Senate. He was the author of technical works on dealing with worker's compensation actuarial statistics.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., he had lived in the Washington area since 1937. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Rochester, where he also received a master's degree in economics.

He had attended St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Hyattsville.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Catherine Irene Ward, of Hyattsville; two sons, Thomas, of Annapolis, and Edward G., of San Francisco; four daughters, Joan Goras of Gales Ferry, Conn., Mary Mallon of Annandale, Catherine Schneider of Hyattsville, and Christine Fitzpatrick of Kenner, La., and 10 grandchildren.


78, who worked for Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. here for 32 years before retiring in 1960 as a secretary, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 21 in a nursing home in Daytona Beach, Fla. She lived in Daytona Beach.

Mrs. Whitebread, who moved to Florida in 1960, was a native of Washington and a graduate of the old Business High School. She had been a member of the old United Brethren Church in Washington.

Her husband of 45 years, Howard A., died in 1983. Survivors include a sister, Beatrice A. Stoltz of Silver Spring, and a brother, Cecil A. Brewton of Washington.


92, a Washington area resident since 1972 and a retired employee of a New York knitting firm, died Jan. 22 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville after a heart attack.

Mrs. Lederer was born in Vienna. She was a soprano soloist with the Vienna Opera before moving to the United States with her husband and son in 1939. She settled in New York City and later worked for the May Knitting Co., where she did knitting repairs. She retired in 1972.

Her husband, Theodore Lederer, died in 1970. Survivors include one son, Paul Lederer of Wheaton; one brother, Alberto Berger of Milan; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


18, a Washington area native and a freshman at Tulane University, died Jan. 20 at a hospital in Pensacola, Fla., from injuries he received in an automobile accident Jan. 15 near Atmore, Ala.

A spokesman for the Alabama Highway Patrol said Mr. Tretter was injured as he was being driven to the Tulane campus. The vehicle went out of control and Mr. Tretter was thrown from it, police said.

Mr. Tretter was born in Silver Spring. He graduated from Spring Brook High School in Silver Spring last year and was in his first year at Tulane.

He had worked part-time as a mechanic for TUV Engineering, a BMW repair shop in Gaithersburg.

Mr. Tretter had been a member of Boy Scout Troop 473 and for several summers participated in Johns Hopkins University's programs for the advancement of academically talented youth.

Survivors include his parents, Steven and Teresa Tretter, and a sister, Ann Elizabeth Tretter, all of Silver Spring; his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Charles S. Whitaker of Clarksville, Md., and Mr. and Mrs. George Tretter of Silver Spring.


75, who worked for Western Union for 54 years before retiring in 1982 as manager of its facilities in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, died of cancer Jan. 23 at her home in Washington.

She was a member of Dorcas Rebekah Lodge No. 4 of the Oddfellows. Mrs. Patton was born in Prince William County and moved to Washington in 1927.

Her husband, Tom Patton, died in 1969. Survivors include four sisters, Amy Mountjoy of Triangle, Va., Mary Nelson of Washington, and Alice Whetzel and Elva Cornwell, both of Alexandria.


74, who worked for the Federal Reserve Board for 21 years before retiring in 1977 as a senior economist, died of cancer Jan. 24 at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal. He lived in Flint Hill, Va.

Mr. Manookian, who was born in New York City, lived in this area for 38 years before moving to Rappahannock County in 1976. He received a bachelor's degree in economics, served with the Navy in North Africa during World War II and worked in the family lace and rug import business before joining the Federal Reserve in 1956.

Survivors include his wife Lois of Flint Hill.


70, a retired furniture salesman who was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria, died Jan. 22 at his home in Alexandria. He had pneumonia and emphysema.

In 1945, he joined what became the C.L. Barnes furniture concern, and he worked for it until retiring from its Alexandria store in 1978. Mr. McGinn, who lived in Alexandria, was a native of Cumberland, Md., and moved here in the mid-1930s. He worked for the old Post Office Department before serving with the Army in Europe during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Norma J., of Alexandria, and a brother, Aloysius, of Silver Spring.


69, who spent 35 years with the U.S. Information Agency before retiring in 1974 and who was a past town clerk of Forest Heights, died Jan. 22 at Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Annandale.

During his years with USIA, his overseas assignments included posts in Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Bangladesh. He also had been area personnel officer for the Near East and South Asia. Mr. Davies was born in Britain and moved to the United States as a child. He grew up in Scranton, Pa., and moved here in 1940. He was a charter member of the Oxon Hill Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian, of Annandale; two sons, James, of Forest Heights, and Mark, of Herdon; two daughters, Megan Droegemeyer of Bowie and Nancy Davies of Annandale; two sisters, Eirlys Wetherill of Forest Heights and Clarice Llewellyn of Florida, and four grandchildren.


68, a retired area brick mason and construction director who was a charter member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Exchange Club, died Jan. 24 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Rockville.

Mr. Grolig was a native of Washington. He was a graduate of Wilson High School and had attended the Columbia Technical School. He worked in area construction for 40 years before retiring in 1976.

He had worked for several firms, including the old C.M. Hale Inc. of Washington, where he was an estimator and construction superintendent. He was the retired construction director of the Buckingham apartment complex in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife, Arla Jeanne Grolig of Rockville; a son, John James IV, of Germantown; three sisters, Louise Hale of Morattico, Va., and Anita Sonnefeld and Jane Frances Grolig, both of Rockville; two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


71, a retired consultant and certified public accountant who had worked for the federal government and in private industry, died of cancer Jan. 23 at his home in Pembroke Pines, Fla. He had lived here for 33 years before moving to Florida in March.

Mr. Willner was a native of Brooklyn and a graduate of St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y. He served with the Army Air Forces in the Mediterranean theater during World War II and worked as an accountant in New York and New Jersey before moving here in 1954.

He worked for the General Accounting Office from 1954 to 1964. He then joined what became the U.S. Postal Service and was a contract administrator until retiring from the government in 1975. He then was a contract administrator with the construction firm that built the Hirshhorn Museum. He held a similar post with Parsons construction company from 1978 to 1981, then was a consultant until retiring in 1985.

He had helped conduct area Jewish sabbath and mourners' services, especially at the Inter-faith Chapel of Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley G., of Pembroke Pines; a son, Abbe, of Herndon; a daughter, Robin G., of New York City, and two grandchildren.