WENDELL S. (BUD) MERICK
Wendell S. (Bud) Merick, 60, who had been a foreign correspondent in Asia with United Press International and U.S. News & World Report, died of a liver ailment Feb. 11 at his home in Bethesda.
Mr. Merick was a native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. After serving two years in the Army, he joined the old United Press wire service in Detroit in 1949. Two years later, he went to Tokyo with UP. After covering the Korean war -- during which he flew in Air Force missions over the Yalu River -- he spent seven years as UP bureau chief in Hong Kong.
In 1960, he returned to the United States, and became an editor and columnist with the Boston Traveler newspaper. In 1963, he returned to Asia where he worked for several British newspapers and ABC radio network. In 1966, he was named Saigon bureau chief of U.S. News. He continued to report from Vietnam until it fell to communist forces. He then was U.S. News bureau chief in Australia until returning to the United States in 1976. He covered the Pentagon and worked for U.S. News' book division before retiring in 1983. In 1985, he was a press and public relations adviser with the Jamaican tourist organization.
In 1984, he served on the panel created by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that made recommendations to improve media-military relations. The panel, which was set up after the Grenada invasion, made several recommendations including the establishment of a permanent pool of reporters who would be ready to go anywhere in the world to cover the early stages of a conflict.
Survivors include his wife, the former Anne Morrissy, and a daughter, Katherine-Anne Merick, both of Bethesda; his mother, Catharine Walsh, and a sister, Maria Theresa McCullough, both of Vancouver.
DELMAR R. CARLSON
First U.S. ambassador to Guyana
Delmar R. Carlson, 69, a retired Foreign Service officer and former ambassador to Guyana, died Feb. 13 of cardiac arrest at the Camelot Hall Nursing Home in Arlington. He lived in McLean.
Mr. Carlson was born in Elbert, Colo. He served in the Army in Alaska during World War II. He moved to the Washington area in 1946 and joined the State Department's Foreign Service. During the 1950s, he had assignments in Germany and Canada.
He was appointed consul general at the U.S. embassy in Georgetown, British Guyana, in 1964. He served as the first U.S. ambassador to the newly independent state of Guyana from 1964 to 1969. Mr. Carlson later was a political adviser to the commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces before retiring in 1975.
Survivors include his wife, Marlyce Carlson of McLean.
NICHOLAS J. OGANOVIC
Civil Service Official
Nicholas J. Oganovic, 75, a retired executive director of the U.S. Civil Service Commission, died of pneumonia Feb. 13 at the Arlington Hospital. He lived in Arlington.
Mr. Oganovic was born in Chisholm, Minn. He graduated from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and received a master's degree from the University of Minnesota. He taught in the public schools of Minnesota before moving to the Washington area in 1942. He joined the Civil Service Commission in 1943 and became the executive director in 1965. He retired in 1971.
From 1973 to 1981, he was dean of program development at Minnesota Metropolitan State College. He returned to the Washington area in 1983.
Mr. Oganovic was a member of the National Civil Service League, the American Society of Public Administration and Public Personnel Administration. He also had been active with the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America and the Metropolitan Police Boys Club.
His first wife, Helen Oganovic, died in 1980. Survivors include his wife, Vera Oganovic of Arlington; one son by his first marriage, Robert Oganovic of St. Paul; two brothers, John Oganovic of St. Paul, and Elias Oganovic of Cloquet, Minn.; three sisters, Mary and Ann Oganovic, both of Chisholm, and Zora DeLano of Winona, Minn.
JAMES C. PEELER
James C. Peeler, 69, a retired Navy commander who became a real estate salesman with Pulte Home Corp., died Feb. 12 of cancer at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He lived in Fort Washington.
Cmdr. Peeler was born in Salisbury, N.C. He joined the Navy in 1936. During World War II, he had deep sea diving and mine recovery duty in the Atlantic and later was assigned to destroyers in the Pacific.
He remained in the service after the war and had sea duty in the Atlantic before he was transferred to the Washington area about 1960. He retired in 1965 as the commander of the Ordnance Disposal School at the Naval Ordnance Station at Indian Head, Md. Since then, he had worked for Pulte.
He was an avid golfer.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Peeler of Fort Washington; one daughter, Lynn Hottle of Ellicott City, Md.; two sons, Michael Peeler of Milledgeville, Ga., and John Peeler of Catonsville, Md.; one brother, William F. Peeler of Springfield; two sisters, Frances Hartman of Montgomery, Ala., and Edith Bame of East Spencer, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
DOROTHY LOUISE VAN ROON
Dorothy Louise Van Roon, 65, a retired budget analyst with the National Security Agency, died Feb. 11 at a hospital in Englewood, Colo., after suffering a heart attack.
Mrs. Van Roon was born in Washington and graduated from Eastern High School.
She worked at the National Security Agency for 22 years before retiring in 1978.
She was a member of the Eastern Star.
A former resident of Stevensville, Md., Mrs. Van Roon moved to Littleton, Colo., in September.
Survivors include her husband, Edward C. Van Roon, and one daughter, Darleen Louise Miller, both of Littleton; and three grandchildren.
DONALD EDWARD WAGNER
Donald Edward Wagner, 59, a retired training specialist with the Navy Department's personnel research and development office, died Feb. 9 at his home in Alexandria after a heart attack.
Mr. Wagner was born in Lorain, Ohio. He served in the Navy in Japan from 1946 to 1948. He moved to the Washington area in 1951 and later graduated from George Washington University. He went to work for the Navy Department in 1960 and retired in 1986.
He was a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and the National Association of Retired Persons.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Jean Wagner of Alexandria; two daughters, Carrie Lynne Wagner of Mill Valley, Calif., and Valerie W. Neitzey of Manassas; and one sister, Bobbie Sheets of Lorain.
STANLEY E. BODZIAK
FBI Photographer and Lithographer
Stanley E. Bodziak, 79, who was a photographer and lithographer with the FBI for 34 years before retiring in 1968 from its mechanical section, died of cardiac arrest Feb. 13 at Montgomery General Hospital. He lived in Rockville.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockville. Mr. Bodziak, who moved here in 1934, was a native of Philadelphia.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret G., and a daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Cunningham, both of Rockville; a son, William J., of Arnold, Md.; a sister, Helen Trinsey of Philadelphia; two brothers, John, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Raymond, of Philadelphia, and six grandchildren.