Thurston H. Baxter, 83, a retired Air Force colonel who later served three terms as president of the St. Mary's County Historical Association, died Oct. 22 at St. Mary's Nursing Home in Leonardtown after a series of strokes.

Col. Baxter, who lived in Lexington Park, was born in Jersey County, Ill., and graduated from the University of Illinois. In 1926 he joined what then was the Army Air Corps.

He completed flight training and worked as a pilot and in various staff and command assignments in the continental United States and in the Aleutian Islands and Panama in the years before World War II. In 1934 he helped organize the Air Corps' efforts to undertake responsibility for flying U.S. Mail, under an order from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

During World War II, Col. Baxter served in various command assignments in North Africa, Europe and Asia.

He retired from the Air Force in 1957 after having served as executive officer of the Air National Guard in Washington. He had been assigned in Washington in 1950.

A resident of St. Mary's County since retirement, Col. Baxter had restored a historical farm house, Birch Hanger, and was instrumental in the opening of the farm museum at the St. Mary's fairgrounds in Leonardtown. He was also instrumental in the acquisition and preservation of the Old Mill, Cecil's Country Store and Tudor Hall by the County Historical Association.

He had been president of St. Mary's County Rotary and was a former district governor for the region that includes Maryland and the District of Columbia. Col. Baxter was an organizer of the St. Mary's County Oyster Festival.

Survivors include his wife, Mina (Pat) Baxter of Lexington Park. Their son, Air Force Lt. Thurston Richard Baxter, was killed in 1951 while on a bombing mission over North Korea during the Korean War.


Park Service Architect

Paul Goeldner, 62, an architect and the retired chief of historic resource services for the National Capital region of the National Park Service, died of a brain tumor Oct. 22 at the Hospice of Washington.

Dr. Goldner had worked for the National Park Service in this area from 1971 until he retired because of illness earlier this summer. His work included restoration of the Clara Barton House, the Abner Cloud House on the C&O Canal, the Philip Pry House at Antietam National Battlefield and the Peterson House, where President Lincoln died. He had also arranged commemorative stones at the Washington Monument and designed the Alaska and Hawaii recognition stone at the Lincoln Memorial.

A resident of Washington, Dr. Goeldner was born in Moravia, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University, was a practicing architect in Dallas and, from 1962 to 1971, taught at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

He received his doctorate in architecture at Columbia University in 1970.

In the summers of 1967 and 1968, Dr. Goeldner had worked in Utah for the National Park Service's Historic American Buildings Survey.

He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a past president of the Latrobe chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

He was an elder and choir member of the Presbyterian Church of the Pilgrims in Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Hodge Goeldner, and two children, Amy Goeldner and Jonathan Goeldner, all of Washington, and his father and stepmother, Melvin and Alverda Goeldner of Osceola, Iowa.


Dancer & Highway Engineer

James A. Mulroe Sr., 85, a former tap dancer, dance teacher and D.C. government highway planning engineer, died of a heart ailment Oct. 24 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was a native and resident of Washington.

He worked for the D.C. governemnt for 34 years before retiring in 1973 from the Highway Department.

Mr. Mulroe began working as a tap dancer here in the early 1920s, performing for a time with singer Kate Smith. He later danced on stages from New York to California. From the late 1930s to the early 1970s, he taught at the old Marion Venable and old Leon Folkine dance schools in Washington.

A member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, he also belonged to that organization's players group. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington and the D.C. Highway Department Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Pearl McGee of Washington; three sons, James Jr., of Silver Spring, Martin, of Alexandria, and Mike, of Philadelphia; a daughter, Rosemary Patton of Atlanta; two sisters, Mary Krebs and Catherine Hannan, both of Silver Spring.


General Contractor

Kaare J. (Sonny) Berg, 67, a general contractor who had specialized in home remodeling work, died of sepsis Oct. 23 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Berg was born in Norway and came to this country at an early age. He lived in New York before moving here in 1938. During World War II, he served in Great Britain with the Norwegian Air Force.

He had been a carpenter and worked with his father until his death in 1968. Two years later, Mr. Berg started his own business, working primarily in Northwest Washington and suburban Maryland. He never retired.

He was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife, Alouise, of Arlington; a son, Glenn, of Herndon; his mother, Aase Berg of Arlington, and two grandchildren.



Joyce Ann Schwartzbeck, 57, a secretary in her husband's R&T Earthmovers construction company for the last eight years, died of cancer Oct. 23 at Suburban Hospital.

Mrs. Schwartzbeck, who lived in Wheaton, was born in Waukegan, Ill., and had lived in the Washington area since 1964.

Her first husband, Frederick Reuther, died in 1973.

Survivors include her husband, Russell R. Schwartzbeck of Wheaton; five children of her first marriage, Phyllis Reuther of Pittsburgh, Susan Oberheu of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Joyce Abbott and Steven Reuther, both of Sarasota, Fla., and James Reuther of Olney; eight stepchildren, Richard Schwartzbeck, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Thomas Schwartzbeck, Jeffrey Schwartzbeck and Sharon Kidwell, all of Adamstown, Md., Michael Schwartzbeck of Monrovia, Md., S. Gregory Schwartzbeck of Washington, Paul Schwartzbeck of Reisterstown, Md., and Patricia Underkoffer of Baltimore; her mother, Beatrice Mulle of Sarasota, Fla., a brother, James Christensen of Waukegan; and 19 grandchildren.


Area Resident

Doris Ardell Lyon Stinson, 83, a resident of Northern Virginia since moving to this area in 1985, died of a stroke Oct. 23 in Alexandria at the Oak Meadow nursing home, where she had spent the past two years.

She was a member of the Alexandria Women's Club and St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria.

Mrs. Stinson was a native of New York City and lived in New Jersey for 31 years before moving here. A poet, she wrote a poem, "So Little To Give," used on some Red Cross posters during World War II.

Her husband, Dwight Eliot Stinson, died in 1985. Her survivors include two sons, Dwight Jr., of Sharpsburg, Md., and the Rev. Dr. Richard Lyon Stinson of Alexandria; a sister, Marjorie Nichols of New York City; eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.