The obituary of Richard W. Goldman yesterday failed to list among his survivors a sister, Susan Gelman of Chevy Chase. (Published 10/21/89)
E. DeLong Bowman, 78, president and chairman of the board of A. Smith Bowman Distillery, a family business that produced Virginia Gentleman bourbon whiskey at Sunset Hills Farm in Fairfax County for more than 50 years, died of pneumonia Oct. 20 at his home in The Plains, Va. As a young man, Mr. Bowman joined his father and brother, A. Smith Bowman and A. Smith Bowman Jr., in the management of the business, which was founded in 1935 as the only legal whiskey distilling operation in Virginia. He was the last of the three to produce any whiskey. He became president of the company when his father died in 1952 and chairman at the death of his brother in 1981. But in recent years, DeLong Bowman had been in declining health and less active in the management of the business. In 1987 the operation moved to Fredericksburg, taking with it the last 25,000 50-gallon white oak barrels of aging Virginia Gentleman whiskey. No Virginia Gentleman has been distilled since the move, but Bowman Distillers still bottles it, and the 18,000 barrels remaining should last five years, a company spokesman said. There has been no decision on whether to resume distilling Virginia Gentleman, but the company still produces vodka and gin. A native of Lexington, Ky., Mr. Bowman moved to this area in 1927 when his father bought Sunset Hills Farm, a 4,000-acre estate that would later become the town of Reston. At that time, Route 7 was an unpaved road. There they raised dairy cattle and thoroughbred horses, and Mr. Bowman became a skilled equestrian. He later became master of the Fairfax Hunt, and he competed in steeplechase races. He attended Princeton University, then returned to Sunset Hills, where the distillery opened as soon as the legislature ended Prohibition in Virginia. Virginia Gentleman whiskey was produced according to a formula that once belonged to a man who worked for the property's original owner, a German doctor named Max Wiehle, who had tried to start a new community in the area in the 1880s and 1890s. Corn grown at the farm was mixed with rye, barley, malt and water to make the mash that produced the bourbon whiskey, and the spent mash was fed to the livestock. Business was conducted in a slow and relaxed manner, and it was not uncommon for visitors to see a golden retriever or a Weimaraner dog wandering in or out of company offices. In 1947 Mr. Bowman and his brother were made partners in the distillery, and two years later the family acquired 3,200 more acres, making the Sunset Hill Farm holdings among the largest in Northern Virginia. Most of that property, including the distillery, was sold for $19.75 million in 1960 for what eventually became Reston, but the distillery remained under the control of Mr. Bowman and his brother, and in 1963 they bought it back for $11 million. With the sale of Sunset Hills Farm, Mr. Bowman moved to an 800-acre farm in The Plains and later to a 90-acre farm there, commuting daily to the distillery. At The Plains he experimented with a wine-making operation, enjoyed driving about in a restored 1930 yellow Packard and took his grandchildren for rides in a horse-drawn coach. He was a member of the board of directors at Fauquier Hospital and the Fauquier Bank, a trustee of Virginia Military Institute and a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Commonwealth Club of Virginia and the Chevy Chase Club. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Helen Potts Bowman of The Plains; two daughters, Katherine Bowman Burton of Bethesda and Nena Bowman Adams of The Plains; and three grandchildren. MARY FEDORYK Church Member Mary Fedoryk, 68, a volunteer at St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church in Beltsville, died of respiratory arrest Oct. 17 at Greater Southeast Community Hospital. Mrs. Fedoryk, who lived in Camp Springs, was a native of Ambridge, Pa. She graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Cosmetology and was a beautician in the Pittsburgh area from the late 1930s to the late 1940s. She moved to the Washington in 1958 and to Camp Springs in 1961. Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Paul J. Fedoryk of Camp Springs; a son, Ronald Fedoryk of Gaithersburg; a brother, Paul A. Pliska of Fair Oaks, Pa.; and a sister, Catherine Liptak of Ambridge. JOSEPH ALBERT COLLINS Singer and Teacher Joseph Albert Collins, 80, a former singer who gave private English lessons to foreigners, died of a heart ailment Oct. 14 at his home in Washington. Mr. Collins was born in Pittsburgh. He came to Washington in 1942 while serving in the Navy and remained here after the war. He sang bass with a group called The Mozart Trio that specialized in selections from Mozart operas and other compositions, and they performed at art galleries, concert halls, clubs and schools in the Washington area and elsewhere in the United States and in Europe. Other members of the group were the soprano, Lee Meredith, and the tenor, John Yard, with whom Mr. Collins had lived for 40 years. The group made its professional debut in 1950 and continued performing until around 1970. Mr. Collins was a 1959 graduate of American University, and he had been a private English language teacher until around 1970. There are no immediate survivors. ANGELA BELL McMENAMIN Alexandria Clerk Angela Bell McMenamin, 75, a lifelong resident of Alexandria, where she was a clerk for the Post Office and then the city tax office, died Oct. 18 at Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack. Mrs. McMenamin graduated from the old Alexandria High School where she was on the girls basketball team. She went to work for the Post Office in Alexandria in the late 1950s. In 1966 she joined the city's tax office. She retired there in 1976. Mrs. McMenamin's hobbies included bowling. Survivors include her husband, Lester E. McMenamin Sr. of Alexandria; two sons, Lester E. McMenamin Jr. of Fredricksburg and Donald C. McMenamin of Atlanta; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. RICHARD W. GOLDMAN Lawyer Richard W. Goldman, 42, a partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams and a former assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, died Oct. 18 at George Washington University Hospital. He had a brain tumor. Mr. Goldman, a resident of Washington, was born in San Francisco. He graduated from Yale University and earned his law degree at Harvard University. He practiced law in Boston before moving here in 1976 as an assistnat U.S. attorney. In 1981, Mr. Goldman joined the Washington office of Hunton & Williams, which is based in Richmond. He was a partner and head of its litigation department in Washington at the time of his death. Mr. Goldman was a member of the American Bar Association and was active in its litigation section. He also was a member of the Adas Israel Cngregation and the board of trustees of Sidwell Friends School. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Susan Sachs Goldman of Washington; three children, Daniel Sachs Goldman, William Sachs Goldman and Alice Rebecca Goldman, all of Washington; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard N. Goldman of San Francisco; two brothers, John Goldman of Atherton, Calif., and Douglas Goldman of San Francisco; and his grandmother, Mrs. Walter Haas of San Francisco. LULA MAYE SALMON NSO Supporter Lula Maye Salmon, 82, a Washington resident for 51 years and a member of the Women's Committee to the National Symphony Orchestra and the Friends of the Kennedy Center, died Oct. 16 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack. Mrs. Salmon, a native of Nashville, moved to Washington in 1938. She had been a member of the D.C. League of Republican Women, the PEO Sisterhood and Welcome to Washington, an organization that greets members of the diplomatic corps stationed here. Her husband, Kurt Salmon, died in 1979. Survivors include two daughters, Eleanor S. Chartrand of Bethesda and Larrine S. Abolt of Burtonsville; two sons, Douglas E. Salmon of Leonia, N.J., and Thomas A. Salmon of New York City; two sisters, Ethel Deer and Lillian Franey, both of Nashville; and seven grandchildren. JAMES L. (SI) LOVELL Army Major James L. "Si" Lovell, 75, a retired Army major who later organized sports for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, died Oct. 8 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center of complications after open heart surgery. Maj. Lovell was born in Alum Rock, Pa., and he graduated from Pennsylvania's Clarion State University. He joined the Army in 1941 and served in the Pacific during World War II and in Korea during the war there. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his Korean service. Later he served in chemical warfare units and was assigned in Utah and Alabama and at Fort Meade, Md., where he retired from the Army in 1964. Since leaving the Army, Maj. Lovell had lived in Bowie. He worked for the Park and Planning Commission until retiring again in 1979, and for the last 10 years had been a substitute teacher at Bowie Senior High School. He had been a referee at basketball and softball games in the Washington area and was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife, Doris Lovell of Bowie; three sons, Army Lt. Col. James C. Lovell of Seoul; D. Kirk Lovell of Bowie and Kris M. Lovell of El Paso; his mother, Minta May Lovell of Knox, Pa.; and two grandsons. BYRON E. DUNN Army Official Byron E. Dunn, 84, retired chief of the management engineering branch of the Military District of Washington, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 30 at a hospital in New Port Richey, Fla. Mr. Dunn was born in Felts Mills, N.Y., and graduated from Syracuse University. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was a New York State high school principal before going on active duty with the Army in 1941. After World War II, Mr. Dunn settled in Washington and began working as a civilian for the Military District of Washington. He retired in 1959. He was a commander of the D.C. Department of the American Legion, a former member of the board of trustees of Wesley United Methodist Church in Washington, a Mason, a member of Almas Temple of the Shrine, the Sons of the American Revolution and the Society of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy. A former resident of Washington and Annapolis, he moved to New Port Richey about 10 years ago. His marriage to Irene Jane David Dunn ended in divorce. His second wife, Astrid Haagblum Dunn, died in 1980. His marriages to Juanita Dunn and Joan Dunn ended in divorce. Survivors include five children of his first wife, Jane Hylton of Wheaton, Connie Matter and Anne Murphy, both of Rockville, David Dunn of Winchester, Va., and Wade Dunn of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Clark Dunn of Rochester, N.Y., and Robert Dunn of Alden, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. MARGARET McCREARY REID DAR Member Margaret McCreary Reid, 66, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and an Air Force officer's wife who had accompanied her husband to military posts around the United States, died of cardiac arrest and complications of diabetes Oct. 18 at Fairfax Hospital. Mrs. Reid, who lived in Vienna, was born in Montgomery, Ala. She had lived in the Washington area since 1958. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, retired Air Force Col. John D. Reid of Vienna; two children, Louise Thyson of Vienna and John D. Reid Jr. of Alexandria; and a grandson.