FRANCIS A. MURRAY
H.G. Smithy Chairman
Francis A. Murray, 88, a retired board chairman of the H.G. Smithy realty company and past president of the Washington Real Estate Board, died of pneumonia June 4 at the Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda.
Mr. Murray joined what became H.G. Smithy in 1922. Over the years, the company expanded into the insurance and mortgage financing businesses as it became one of the largest realty management companies in the Washington area.
After becoming president of H.G. Smithy in 1952, Mr. Murray bought the company in 1954. He became chairman of the board in 1966 and retired in 1967. The business became the Smith Braedon Co. in 1982.
He was a past member of the board of the National Savings & Trust Bank and of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.
Mr. Murray, who had lived at Carriage Hill since 1982, was born in Norfolk. He grew up in Washington. He graduated from Central High School and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.
He was a member of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, the Metropolitan Club, Columbia Country Club, the Burning Tree Club, Temple Noyes Cathedral Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the Almas Temple Shrine and the Royal Order of Jesters.
His wife of 63 years, Edith Everett Murray, died in 1988. Survivors include a son, F. Alden Murray Jr. of Bethesda; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
MARJORIE R.F. REINBURG
Marjorie Rose Fayard Reinburg, 69, a former director of food services at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington and a former Navy nurse, died June 3 at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Mrs. Reinburg, who had Parkinson's disease, had been in a coma since falling in her Rockville home in January.
She was a native of Mississippi and a graduate of the Hotel Dieu nursing school in New Orleans. During World II, she joined the Navy and served in the United States.
She married LeRoy Reinburg Jr., a Coast Guard officer, in 1951. After leaving the Navy in 1953, she accompanied him on his assignments until he retired in 1976 as a captain.
From 1975 to 1982, she was director of food services at the Academy of the Holy Cross. She was a member of St. Jude's Catholic Church in Rockville and the Parkinson's Society of Greater Washington.
In addition to her husband, of Rockville, survivors include six children, Dr. Virginia Reinburg of Boston, Anne Marie Smith and LeRoy Reinburg, both of Ashland, Va., Anora Reinburg Robbins of Greensboro, N.C., Claire Reinburg of Alexandria and Mary Katherine Reinburg of Silver Spring; four brothers; and five grandchildren.
ROBERT L. YOST
Robert L. Yost, 65, a retired Foreign Service officer who had served as ambassador to Burundi from 1972 to 1974 and the Dominican Republic from 1978 to 1982, died of liver failure May 29 at a hospital in Oakland.
A former Washington and Bethesda resident, he had lived in Oakland since leaving this area in 1984.
Ambassador Yost began his Foreign Service career in Madrid in 1946. He went on to serve in Antwerp, Belgium, and in Paris, in addition to Africa and Asia. He also had served here as a special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for European affairs.
He was deputy chief of mission in Ethiopia for four years before becoming ambassador to Burundi. Between ambassadorial posts, he was a State Department deputy inspector general.
After retiring from the State Department in 1982, he continued to do consulting work for the department until about 1989. He also had served on the board of DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired) and served on the national advisory board of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Ambassador Yost was a native of Kirkland, Wash., and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a 1942 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and received a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University. He was a graduate of the National War College and had served as vice president of its alumni organization.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former June Horsley, and two daughters, Barbara and Elizabeth Yost, all of Oakland; a son, John, of Angels Camp, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
CRAIG S. ATKINS
U.S. Tax Court Judge
Craig Starbuck Atkins, 86, a judge on the U.S. Tax Court from 1955 to 1976, died June 2 at a nursing home in Fort Myers, Fla., where he had lived the past two years. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Judge Atkins began his government career as a Treasury Department agent in the 1920s. From 1927 to 1937, he was a lawyer with the U.S. Board of Tax Appeals.
He was a lawyer in the office of chief counsel of the Bureau of Internal Revenue from 1937 to 1949. He spent the next two years as a tax adviser with the Economic Cooperation Administration in Greece. He then returned to Internal Revenue, where he was assistant chief counsel when he was named to the tax bench.
Judge Atkins, a former Bethesda and Chevy Chase resident, was a native of Greensboro, N.C. He lived in the Washington area from about 1920 to 1987. He graduated from George Washington University in 1923 and its law school in 1925.
His first wife, the former Margaret Elinor Denty, whom he married in 1926, died in 1965. His survivors include his wife, the former Lucille Mann Foreman of Fort Myers; two children by his first marriage, Craig Jr. and Constance McShulskis, both of Potomac; three sisters, Claire Bastable of Chevy Chase, Kathleen Carter of Bala-Cynwyd, Pa., and Grace Stewart of Tampa; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.