George S. Langford, 86, retired Maryland state entomologist and a veteran of 47 years' service with the University of Maryland, the State Board of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Service, died Jan. 26 at Leland Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.
Dr. Langford was Maryland's state entomologist from 1957 until he retired from the University of Maryland in 1971. After that he served one year as acting director of programs for the State Board of Agriculture, which in 1972 became the State Department of Agriculture.
A College Park resident, he was born in South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University.
He joined the agricultural staff at the University of Maryland in 1922 and remained there until his retirement except for a three-year period in the late 1920s when he was studying for a doctorate in entomology at Ohio State University.
During the 1950s, he directed a program that reduced the Japanese beetle infestation in Maryland. Later he directed a statewide mosquito control program and was influential in shaping Maryland's pesticide applicator control law.
For more than 30 years, he edited Maryland Nurserymen's News, a bimonthly publication of the Cooperative Extension Service.
Dr. Langford was a former president of the International Shade Tree Conference and a member of the Entomological Society of America.
He was a 50-year member of the College Park Rotary Club.
His wife, Mary R. Langford, died in 1984.
Survivors include one daughter, Marilyn L. Reeves of Buffalo; one son, George S. Langford Jr. of Schenectady, N.Y.; one sister, Mrs. Jasper Rawl, and one brother, Clark Langford, both of Columbia, S.C., and three grandchildren.
LOUISE SCHWARZMANN DODGE, 87, a retired tax examiner with the Internal Revenue Service and a past grand matron of Virginia for the Order of the Eastern Star, died Jan. 27 at her home in Alexandria after a heart attack.
Mrs. Dodge was a lifelong resident of Alexandria and was a graduate of the old Alexandria High School.
She began her government career in 1917 with what was then called the Bureau of Internal Revenue. She retired in 1957 from the IRS.
Mrs. Dodge was a past worthy matron of Martha Washington Chapter No. 42 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Alexandria. She was the right worthy grand treasurer emeritus of the national organization of the Eastern Star.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Alexandria.
Her husband, W. Ernest Dodge, died in 1971. Survivors include one brother, William Schwarzmann of Alexandria.
NAOMI E. SCHOLZ, 79, a former nurse who was a gardener and flower arranger, died of emphysema Jan. 24 at her home in Bethesda.
Mrs. Scholz was born in Millbach, Pa. She came to Washington in 1927 to study nursing at George Washington University. She was a private duty nurse here before her marriage in 1935 to Oscar (Babe) Scholz. He died in 1954.
She had done volunteer work at the Florence Crittenton Home and was a member of the Rector's Aid at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington and the Altar Guild at the Washington Cathedral.
Mrs. Scholz was also a member of the Spring Valley-Wesley Heights Garden Club and Ikebana International, a Japanese flower arranging group.
Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey R. Scholz of Annapolis and Robert R. Scholz of Washington, and five grandchildren.
LEO GEORGE KOEPFLE, 87, a retired lawyer who was active in community and religious organizations, died of pneumonia Jan. 27 at Holy Cross Hospital.
Mr. Koepfle, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Oldenburg, Ind. He moved to the Washington area in 1918 and graduated from Southeastern University, the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and what is now the Catholic University law school.
From 1957 until he retired two years ago, he had a private law practice in Silver Spring. Previously he had been a lawyer with the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce in the Commerce Department.
He was a past Grand Knight of the Father Rosensteel Council of the Knights of Columbus, a past Faithful Navigator of the Cardinal O'Boyle Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Silver Spring.
Mr. Koepfle was a founding member of the Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, a member of Silver Spring Rotary and the first president of the Men's Guild at Holy Cross Hospital.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marie S. Koepfle of Silver Spring; one daughter, Patricia A. Bloomfield of Chevy Chase; one son, Richard P. Koepfle of Harrisonburg, Va.; one sister, Clara Lockhorn of Durham, N.C.; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
BENJAMIN SAKS, 77, a Washington area resident since 1976 and a retired lawyer from Gary, Ind., died of a heart ailment Jan. 27 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Rockville.
Mr. Saks was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from Temple University and received a law degree from Indiana University. He began his general law practice in Gary in 1937. He retired 11 years ago and moved to the Washington area.
He was a member of the B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville and an associate member of Hadassah. He had been a volunteer with the Jewish Community Center and the United Jewish Appeal Federation.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ida Kay Saks, one son, Michael Robert Saks, and one daughter, Nancy Ann Shapiro, all of Rockville; two brothers, Herbert and Harold Saks, both of Philadelphia; one sister, Sylvia Kaufmann of Cherry Hill, N.J., and four grandchildren.
CHARLOTTE SALMON WRIGHT, 80, a former teacher at Sidwell Friends School, died Jan. 26 at the Friends Nursing Home in Sandy Spring of complications resulting from a stroke suffered last April.
Mrs. Wright was born in Ashland, Ky. She graduated from Swarthmore College and earned a master's degree in American literature at Southern Methodist University.
During the 1930s she taught at Sidwell Friends School. Later she lived in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and India, where she continued to teach from time to time.
In 1983 Mrs. Wright returned to this area to live at the Friends House retirement community in Sandy Spring.
Her husband, Lowell E. Wright, died in 1975.
Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte Susan Wright of Santa Fe, N.M.; three sons, Alan M. Wright of Sandy Spring, Eric D. Wright of Denver and Bruce A. Wright of Los Angeles; a sister, Helena Fisher of Sedona, Ariz., and six grandchildren.
FRANCIS H. HANKES, 87, a retired executive secretary of the Commodity Credit Corp. in the Department of Agriculture, died Jan. 27 at the Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital. He had Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Hankes, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Ashland, Ky. He served in the Army during World War I. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati and received a law degree from the University of Kentucky.
In 1930, he moved to the Washington area and joined the legal staff of the Department of Agriculture. He was the executive secretary of the Commodity Credit Corp. when he retired in 1970.
Mr. Hankes was a member of the Dulin United Methodist Church in Falls Church and had been active with the Boy Scouts.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mabel L. Hankes of Falls Church; one daughter, Betty Millar Hayden of Annandale; one son, Lewis H. Hankes of Fairfax; one sister, Sally Burroughs of Pompano Beach, Fla.; one half-brother, Dr. Joseph W. Gardner of Kimberling City, Mo., and three grandchildren.
VIRGINIA LIGHTFOOT MACLEAN, 76, a retired librarian with the D.C. public library and a lifelong resident of the Washington area, died Jan. 26 at Leland Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.
Mrs. Maclean, a resident of College Park, was born in Takoma Park. She graduated from the old Central High School in Washington and she also graduated from George Washington University.
She began her career with the D.C. public library system in the mid-1930s and she retired in the mid-1960s.
She was a member of Trinity Church in Washington.
Her husband, Fitzhugh Maclean, died in 1980. Survivors include a daughter, Anne Heasty of College Park and a sister, Georgiana Warren of Bogart, La.
GLORIA B. STRICKLAND, 53, former administrative assistant to D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large), died Jan. 28 at the Washington Hospital Center of heart ailments and complications resulting from a stroke.
Mrs. Strickland, who lived in Washington, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated from Savannah State College in Georgia.
She moved to Washington in the early 1950s and she held administrative and secretarial jobs at the General Accounting Office and the Navy Yard. In the late 1960s and early 1970s she was executive director of the National Advisory Council for Disadvantaged Children.
She was on Schwartz's staff from 1984 until she suffered a stroke in April of 1987.
Mrs. Strickland was a member of the National Council of Negro Women and the League of Republican Women.
Survivors include her husband, Roma Strickland of Washington; two daughters, Lavita Strickland of Washington and Taiwanna R. Smith of Salt Lake City; a son, A. Wayne Strickland of Washington, and five grandchildren.
DONNASUE L. BOE, 67, a retired vice president of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association who lived in the Washington area from 1967 to 1982, died Jan. 25 at her home in Escondido, Calif. She had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Mrs. Boe, who had lived in Escondido since 1982, was born in St. Louis. She graduated from Kansas State University and received a master's degree in child welfare from Iowa State University. During World War II, she served in the Coast Guard.
After the war, she went to work in Kansas City, Mo., for radio station KMBC and KMBC-TV. She later moved to Grants Pass, Ore.
Mrs. Boe joined the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association when she moved here in 1967. She was vice president in charge of consumer affairs when she retired in 1982.
Her marriages to Dr. John R. Boe and Arthur Kaplan ended in divorce.
Survivors include two daughters by her first marriage, Susan Marie Boe of Escondido and Christine Marie Allen of Temecula, Calif., and one grandson.
ETHEL G. BORNSTEIN, 71, a Washington area music teacher, choral director and composer, died of cancer Jan. 28 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Bornstein, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Bethlehem, Pa. She graduated from Moravian College for Women. She moved to the Washington area in 1938 when she married Alfred Bornstein. He died in 1969.
Mrs. Bornstein was a founding member of the Montgomery County Jewish Center on East West Highway and during the 1950s she was its music director.
From 1963 until 1973 she was music director of Temple Sinai in Washington.
More recently she had been choral director of the Welcome to Washington International Club. In that capacity she directed concerts at embassies here.
Additionally, Mrs. Bornstein sang with the Oratorio Society and with the Friday Morning Music Club and she composed and arranged Jewish liturgical music. She also taught private voice lessons.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Bornstein of Boston and Elizabeth Greene of Millbrae, Calif., and a sister, Dorothy Weiss of New York City.
BARBARA SAUSSAMAN ELLIOTT, 66, a retired dental hygienist, died Jan. 27 at Arlington Hospital after a heart attack.
Mrs. Elliott, who lived in Reston, was born in Harrisburg, Pa. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
She worked as a dental hygienist in Washington from 1947 to 1950, in Pittsburgh from 1950 to 1967, and again in Washington from 1967 until she retired in 1973.
A former resident of Alexandria, Mrs. Elliott was active in parent-teacher organizations there and she participated in the Meals on Wheels program.
She had been the representative of the Fairlington Presbyterian Church to the Presbyterian Home in Washington.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Edwin W. Elliott of Reston; two sons, Edwin W. Elliott Jr. of Alexandria and David Elliott of Boston; and a grandson.