Franklin Bratt Wise, 77, a retired congressional liaison official with the American Gas Association who was cited as a hero in 1954 after grappling with terrorists in the gallery of the House of Representatives, died June 7 at Suburban Hospital after a stroke.
Mr. Wise, who was recovering from the flu in 1954, was relaxing in the House visitors gallery March 1 with about 150 other spectators when four Puerto Ricans started firing handguns at the House floor, where 225 members were seated. Five of the representatives were hit.
After emptying their guns, two of the terrorists fled the gallery while the other two began reloading.
At this point, Mr. Wise rushed the terrorists, seizing one and pinning his arms. He swung the gunman around and pushed him through a door and subdued him with the help of Capitol attendants.
When that was completed, the second gunmen charged out of the gallery, and Mr. Wise shouted, "This man has a gun!" He then captured that gunman with the aid of a police officer.
All four, who were seeking independence for Puerto Rico, were captured and imprisoned.
In October 1954, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission presented Mr. Wise with a medal citing him as a hero. The award credited him with "saving an indeterminate number of persons from homicidal attack."
Mr. Wise, a Chevy Chase resident, was born in New York City and grew up on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
He came here in 1935. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland and was an Army veteran of World War II. He worked for the National Renderers Association, becoming general manager, before joining the American Gas Association about 1956.
He retired about 1980.
Survivors include his wife, the former Mildred Phillips, whom he married in 1941 and who lives in Chevy Chase; a son, Phil, of Frederick, Md.; a daughter, Mary Lynn Cinotti of Annapolis; a brother, Paul, of Denton, Md.; and two grandsons.
Robert Alpher, 82, a retired general patent counsel of the Squibb drug company, died of cardiopulmonary arrest June 7 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney.
Mr. Alpher, a resident of Silver Spring, was born in Washington. He graduated from the old Central High School.
While working for the Bureau of Standards, Mr. Alpher attended George Washington University and received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a law degree.
From 1934 to 1937, he was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent Office. He then joined the E.R. Squibb & Sons drug company in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was vice president and general patent counsel when he retired in 1973.
In 1987, Mr. Alpher returned to the Washington area and settled in Silver Spring. He was a member of Seniors Against Nuclear Arms.
Survivors include his wife, Naomi Alpher, whom he married in 1933, of Silver Spring; two children, Ann Grace Mojtabai of Amarillo, Tex., and Roxane Sherer of Pleasantville, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.
WILLIAM J. FLYNN
William J. Flynn, 68, a retired agent with Peoples Life Insurance Co. in Washington, died of pneumonia May 26 at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Md. He had diabetes.
Mr. Flynn was born in Washington. He graduated from St. John's College High School and attended The Citadel.
During World War II, he served in the Army in France.
He was an insurance agent from after the war until the late 1960s. He and his brother then operated a restaurant called The Good Guys on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington until about 1971.
Mr. Flynn was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He lived in Chevy Chase until moving to Cumberland in 1988.
Survivors include his wife, Jane V. Crocker of Cumberland; two sons, William J. Flynn of Burtonsville and Timothy J. Flynn of Fairview, N.C.; a daughter, Susan F. "Sunshine" McLaughlin of Spring Gap, Md.; a brother, Michael D. Flynn of Bethesda; and three grandchildren.
JOSEPH J. BINNS
Joseph J. Binns, 69, who owned and operated the Robert B. Luce and the Joseph J. Binns book publishing companies in Bethesda, died of cancer June 8 at his home in Bethesda.
Mr. Binns was a native of New York City. He graduated from Antioch College in Ohio.
He came to the Washington area in 1966 as an editor at Robert B. Luce, which publishes general nonfiction books.
He bought the company in 1977. He established the Joseph J. Binns book publishers in 1980. That company also publishes general nonfiction.
Mr. Binns had been a consultant to the National Geographic Society book division. His hobbies included collecting and selling rare books.
His marriage to Kirsten Binns ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen Keane Binns of Bethesda; a daughter by his first marriage, Maria Binns Ketchum of Covington, La.; and two grandchildren.
EMILE J. HAJJAR
Gas Company Foreman
Emile J. Hajjar, 69, a retired foreman of gas supply department of the Washington Gas Light Co., died June 7 at the Washington Adventist Hospital. He had diabetes.
Mr. Hajjar, a resident of Silver Spring, was born in Methuen, Mass. He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific in World War II.
He moved to the Washington area in 1946 and went to work for the gas company in 1947.
He was a member of Liberty Grove United Methodist Church in Burtonsville, Md., and Prince George's Lodge No. 1778 of the Elks.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Louise Nader Hajjar of Silver Spring; three children, Richard Hajjar of Olney, Robert Hajjar of Frederick, Md., and Alice Hajjar of Burtonsville; a sister, Mae Hajjar of Lawrence, Mass.; and six grandchildren.