Mary LaFollette, 87, a retired editor with the old Aeronautical Standards Group of the Air Force Department, died Feb. 24 of cardiac arrest at her home in Washington.
Mrs. LaFollette was born in Madison, Wis. She grew up in Washington and studied art in New York during the 1920s. She returned to Washington in the early 1930s and went to work for the Department of Agriculture. She transferred to the Air Force when it was formed in 1947. She retired about 1966.
She also was an artist who painted in watercolors, pastels and oils and exhibited her work locally.
Her marriage to Ralph Sucher ended in divorce. Her son, Robert LaFollette Sucher, predeceased her. Survivors include one grandson.
FRANKLIN C. DAVIS
Army Finance Officer
Franklin C. Davis, 85, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served as a finance officer for most of his career, died of cancer Feb. 19 at Walter Reed Army Hospital.
Col. Davis, who lived in Adelphi, was born in Utica, N.Y. During the 1920s and 1930s he was an office manager for Swift & Co. in Oneonta, N.Y., while serving in the New York National Guard.
He was called to active duty in 1940 and served in the Pacific during World War II and in Korea during the conflict there. He retired from the Army in 1959 as comptroller at the Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania.
After his retirement, Col. Davis moved to the Washington area and he worked another 10 years as a civilian finance officer at Fort Meade.
He graduated from Southeastern University in Washington with a degree in administration.
Col. Davis' military decorations included the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
His marriage to the former Beatrice Decker ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth F. Davis of Adelphi; one daughter by his first marriage, Grace B. Chamberlin of Norfolk; three children by his second marriage, Frances M. Holden of Columbia, Bettye J. Davis of Denver and Franklin C. Davis Jr. of Grantsville, Md.; two sisters, Verna B. Van Alen of Holiday, Fla., and Eileen V. Effner of Kingston, N.Y.; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.