John H. Davis, 83, a former professor, United Nations official and trade group executive who was an assistant secretary of agriculture in the Eisenhower administration, died Feb. 28 at his home in the Goodwin House West in Falls Church. He had cancer.
Dr. Davis was a native of Missouri and a 1928 graduate of Iowa State University. He received a master's degree and a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota. He was a schoolteacher and administrator in the Midwest until moving here and joining the government in 1940.
During the next four years, he worked as an economist with the Farm Credit Administratoin and then as chief of the wheat section of the Commodity Credit Corp. He was executive secretary of the National Council for Farmer Cooperatives in Washington from 1944 to 1952.
He then served as president of the National Wool Marketing Association in Boston for a year until returning to the government in 1953.
During the next year, Dr. Davis was director of the Agriculture Department's marketing and adjustment office, president of the Commodity Credit Corp. and an assistant secretary of Agriculture. In the late 1950s, he was a State Department consultant for agricultural affairs.
From 1954 to 1959 he taught at the graduate business school at Harvard University, where he also served as head of its agriculture and business program. He then spent five years in Beirut as commissioner general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees.
From 1964 to 1968 he was vice chancellor of the American University of Beirut. He then served as president of the American Near East Refugee Aid Inc. in Washington until retiring in 1973.
Dr. Davis represented the United States at numerous international agricultural conferences. He wrote four books and received awards from several governments in the Middle East. He was a member of the National City Christian Church and the Cosmos Club.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Edna B. Davis of Falls Church; two sons, James F. Davis of Carmichael, Calif., and H. Lowell Davis of Alexandria; two brothers, James H. Davis of Napier, Iowa, and Robert S. Davis of Hayesville, N.C.; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Army Intelligence Officer
Merillat Moses, 79, a retired Army colonel who was a specialist in intelligence for most of his military career, died Feb. 21 at the Reston Hospital Center after a heart attack.
Col. Moses, who lived in McLean, was a fifth-generation Washingtonian. He graduated from the old Central High School and then went to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he graduated in 1931.
He was an artillery officer during the 1930s, then during World War II became an intelligence specialist assigned at the Pentagon to monitor the development of the German V-2 rocket.
While serving in the Army he received a master's degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania. He served three tours of duty as an intelligence specialist with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was a military attache in Paraguay and Uruguay during the 1950s.
Col. Moses retired from the Army in 1960.
Survivors include his wife, Grace McLean Moses of McLean; three sons, retired Army Col. Edward M. Moses of Alexandria, retired Army Col. Charles Custis Moses of Phoenix and John Warner Lewis Moses of Arlington; 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
BEATRICE DAVIS PARSONS
Kennedy Center Guide
Beatrice Davis Parsons, 59, an assistant tour guide at the Kennedy Center and a Foreign Service officer's wife who had accompanied her husband to posts overseas, died of cancer Feb. 20 at her home in Fairfax.
Mrs. Parsons was born in Montgomery County and she graduated from Eastern High School in Washington. She was a secretary at the Central Intelligence Agency from 1947 to 1951.
In 1950 she married Carl R. Parsons. She accompanied him to posts in Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Greece.
Since 1979 Mrs. Parsons had been an assistant tour guide at the Kennedy Center.
She was a member of the Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church and the Northern Virginia chapter of the Christian Women's Club.
In addition to her husband, of Fairfax, Mrs. Parsons is survived by one daughter, Patricia R. Reinheimer of Statesboro, Ga.; one son, Army Maj. Steven A. Parsons of Fayetteville, N.C.; one sister, Ada M. Jenkins of Upper Marlboro; one brother, Harry E. Davis of Edgewater, Md., and five grandchildren. Another son, Richard S. Parsons, died in 1977.
GENEVIEVE SHAW MULDOON
Former State Department Secretary
Genevieve Shaw Muldoon, 83, a lifelong area resident and a former secretary with the State Department, died of pneumonia Feb. 25 at the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She lived in Rockville.
Mrs. Muldoon graduated from the old Central High School and the old Boyds Business College in Washington. She worked for the old U.S. and Germany Mixed Claims Commission at the State Department during the 1920s.
She had been a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington.
Her husband, Dr. Joseph A. Muldoon, died in 1967. Survivors include two sons, John P. Muldoon and Joseph A. Muldoon Jr., both of Poolesville; two daughters, Mary E. Muldoon of Rockville and Patricia A. Murphy of Dunwoody, Ga.; one sister, Mary T. Spitler of Washington, and 10 grandchildren.
RADMILLA S. OTRIN
Accountant at S&L
Radmilla S. Otrin, 56, an accountant at the Perpetual Savings & Loan Association from 1966 until retiring in 1986, died of a heart ailment Feb. 25 at Georgetown University Hospital.
Mrs. Otrin, a resident of Chevy Chase, was born in Belgrade. She received a degree in architecture from the Technical University of Belgrade before moving to this country in 1957. She lived in New York and New Jersey and accompanied her husband to Bermuda during his Air Force service before moving to the Washington area in 1964.
Survivors include her husband, Dusan Otrin of Chevy Chase, and her mother, Cveta Petrovic, one brother, Bata Petrovic, and one sister, Vera Misic, all of Belgrade.