Robert Turrell Bower, 71, a sociologist and opinion research specialist who was founder and the retired director of the Bureau of Social Science Research, a Washington nonprofit research organization, died of a heart ailment and diabetes June 22 at his home in Washington.
Dr. Bower was a native of Yonkers, N.Y. He graduated from Yale University and received a master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from Columbia University in New York. During World War II, he served as a Navy flyer in the Atlantic.
He came to Washington in 1950. He started the Bureau of Social Science Research that year as part of the sociology program at American University, where he was a professor.
He left the university in the late 1950s. Over the years, his organization's studies included reports on commuter patterns in the Washington area, school desegregation and television viewing habits.
His books included, "Television and the Public," "Ethics in Social Research" and "The Changing Television Audience in America."
He retired in 1981. The Bureau closed in the mid-1980s.
Dr. Bower served in the late 1960s as a board member of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was a past president of the American Association of Public Opinion Research and the National Council on Public Polls.
His marriage to Betty Blanchard Bower ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Bower of Washington; a son by his first marriage, Stephen C. Bower of New York City; two stepdaughters, Jennifer Just Darling of East Hampton, Mass., and Julia Just Azerad of New York City; a brother, Albert Bunker Bower of Charleston, S.C.; two sisters, Ruth Hatch of Riverdale, N.Y. and Jocelyn Booth of Old Greenwich, Conn.; and a grandchild.
Marylee Bidle, 64, former traffic manager of Electro Corp. in Silver Spring, died of a heart attack June 16 at her home in Merritt Island, Fla.
Mrs. Bidle was born in Philadelphia and attended Mount Union College in Ohio. She moved to the Washington area about 1949.
From about 1974 to 1980, she was traffic manager at Electro Corp. The job involved monitoring movement of supplies and products in and out of the company.
She was a former singer in the Montgomery Ligh Opera Company.
In 1981, Mrs. Bidle moved from Silver Spring to Merritt Island.
Her marriage to Lewis Bidle ended in divorce.
Survivors include three children, Janine Watson of Virginia Beach, Diana Rose of Bridgeton, N.J., and Bruce Bidle of Frederick, Md.; three sisters, Jane Histand and Sarah Schaefer, both of Jenkintown, Pa., and Norma Saltz of Princeton Junction, N.J.; and five grandchildren.
WILLIAM A. ROBINSON
Gas Co. Employee
William Andrew Robinson, 81, a retired employee of the Washington Gas Light Co., died of emphysema June 23 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Robinson was born in Caroline County, Va., and moved to Washington in the early 1930s. He began his career at Washington Gas Light as a laborer and subsequently served as a senior pipe man, inspector and supply man. He retired in 1973 after 40 years with the company.
He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Washington, Lamond Riggs Civic Association, and the 600 Hunting Club of Ruther Glen, Va. He hunted and did deep sea fishing.
His wife of 50 years, Evelyn Louise Robinson, died in 1982. Survivors include two children, Clyde W. Robinson Sr. of Vienna, and Gloria Jean Robinson of Beltsville; a sister, Bernice Terrell of Ruther Glen, Va.; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
J.T. Wilson III, 39, a former area property manager who since 1987 had worked part time at the Great Escape Travel Agency in Washington, died June 24 at George Washington University Hospital. He had AIDS.
Mr. Wilson, who lived in Washington, was a native of Beaver Falls, Pa. He graduated from American University. He began working as a property manager in the mid-1970s. Over the years, he managed several apartment buildings in Washington, including the Connecticut Plaza and the Granite State.
Survivors include his companion, Brent Fleek of Washington; his parents, John and Bettie Wilson of West Chester, Pa., and one sister, Gayelynn Wilson of Germantown.