Donald Louis Ranard, 73, a retired Foreign Service officer and former director of the Center for International Policy, a nonprofit Washington research group, died of leukemia July 28 at Georgetown University Hospital.
Mr. Ranard was a former chief of Korean affairs at the State Department. His testimony before a House subcommittee on international organizations after his 1974 retirement provided one of the early leads in the unraveling of the "Koreagate" scandals of the late 1970s.
Mr. Ranard, who lived in Centreville and Romney, W.Va., was a native of Taunton, Mass. He graduated from Brown University.
He came to Washington during World War II, when he joined the War Department. He later transferred to the U.S. Information Agency. After the war, he had overseas assignments in Tokyo.
He joined the Foreign Service in 1956. He was consul in Seoul from 1959 to 1962, and deputy chief of mission in Rangoon, Burma, from 1965 to 1970.
He then served briefly in Australia before becoming chief of Korean affairs at the State Department.
It was while he was in this post, according to news accounts, that Mr. Ranard became aware of intelligence reports that led him to believe that people in the South Korean government were involved in influence-peddling schemes involving members of the United States Congress. He testified about this before the House subcommittee on international orgainzations after retiring.
A staff member on the subcommittee said of Mr. Ranard's information, "He gave us a starting point . . . . Without him, we wouldn't have had an investigation."
Mr. Ranard became director of the Center for International Studies in 1976. He retired in 1986.
In 1985, the North American Coalition for Human Rights awarded him its Human Rights Award.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Adams Ranard of Centreville, and five children, Patricia Louise Ranard of New York City, Donald Adams Ranard of Arlington, Andrew Benson Ranard of Tokyo, John Kent Ranard of New York City and Amy Skinner Ranard of Fairfax.
GUSTAVE C. "GUS" CRAMER
Gustave C. "Gus" Cramer, 71, retired executive vice president of the Communications Workers of America, died of congestive heart failure July 27 at his home in Front Royal, Va.
Mr. Cramer was born in St. Louis. As a young man, he worked for Southwestern Bell and also was active in the communications workers union. He served in the Army Signal Corps in the Far East during World War II and then returned to Southwestern Bell, where in the late 1940s he became active in efforts to organize a national telecommunications union.
He came to Washington in 1958 as an assistant at the Communications Workers of America headquarters. He was elected executive vice president in 1969 and served in that capacity until retiring in 1980. He had been head of the union's ways and means committee, and played a leading role in helping stabilize union finances through a dues restructuring that was adopted at the union's 1979 convention.
A former resident of Arlington, Mr. Cramer moved to Fort Myers, Fla., upon his retirement. He returned to Front Royal this year.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Touchdown Club.
Survivors include his wife, June H. Cramer of Front Royal.
WALLACE C. HARDING
Wallace C. Harding, 62, a retired professor at the University of Maryland's Department of Entomology, died July 7 at a hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., after a heart attack.
Dr. Harding, who lived in Palm Coast, Fla., was born in New York City. He lived in Bermuda before moving to Washington in the mid-1930s. He graduated from McKinley Technical High School.
After serving in the Navy from 1945 to about 1947, he graduated from the University of Maryland, where he also received master's and doctoral degrees in entomology, the branch of zoology that deals with insects.
He taught at the University of Maryland from the early 1950s until he retired in 1981. He was then a consultant with the Environmental Protection Agency until 1983, when he moved to Florida.
His marriage to Margaret Harding ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Alyce Harding of Palm Coast; five children by his first marriage, Deborah Harding and Harry Harding, both of Glen Burnie, Barbara Harding of Crownsville, Anthony Harding of Washington and Wallace Harding of Baltimore; a stepson, Reid Henion of Roanoke; his mother, Katherine Harding of Takoma Park; two brothers, Conway Harding of Kiawah Island, S.C., and Richard Harding of Lanham; and two grandchildren.
PETER KONAN LU
Giant Food Executive
Peter Konan Lu, 65, a retired Giant Food executive, died July 29 at Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.
Mr. Lu, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Changtu in China's Liaoning Province. He graduated from China's Northeastern University. He lived in Manchuria during the Japanese occupation from 1933 to 1945, then in 1951 went to Hong Kong. He was a civilian employee of the U.S. Department of the Army in Japan and Okinawa until emigrating to Washington in 1961.
In 1962, Mr. Lu studied business administration and English at Michigan State University.
In 1964, he began working as a stockman at the E.J. Korvette store at Bailey's Crossroads. He joined the staff of Giant Food in 1965 and worked for Giant as a department manager and store manager before retiring in 1987 as a work-scheduling coordinator at the company's corporate headquarters in Landover.
In retirement, Mr. Lu had made several trips to China, where he taught business management.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Sun Lu of Falls Church; three children, Air Force Lt. Col. Luke Lu of Springfield, Mary Lu Ugone and Amos Lu, both of Herndon; and four grandchildren.
CHARLOTTE R. HUMPHRIES
Charlotte Rose Humphries, 68, the widow of a retired Air Force colonel and a community volunteer here and abroad, died of cancer July 28 at her home in Potomac.
Mrs. Humphries, an area resident since 1964, was born in Chicago and grew up in Texas. During World War II, she married Donald Harrison Humphries Sr., an Army Air Forces officer.
After the war, she accompanied him on his military assignments in Iraq, South Africa and England. Her overseas volunteer work included service at an orphanage in South Africa. Col. Humphries retired in 1970. He died in 1988.
Mrs. Humphries had been a volunteer at Bethesda Naval Hospital, the Bethesda YMCA and the Wyngate Elementary school in Bethesda. She had been a member of the American Embassy Wives Club, the Diplomatic Wives Club, the Women's Circle at Bethesda Presbyterian Church and the Altar Guild at St. James Episcopal Church in Potomac.
Survivors include three children, Gail Humphries Ewing and Donald Harrison Humphries Jr., both of Potomac, and Robert Kennedy Humphries of West Berlin; and nine grandchildren.
VINCENT GEORGE LITCHER
Vincent George Litcher, 82, a retired financial specialist with the Veterans Administration, died of cancer July 28 at the intensive care unit of Magnolia Manor Retirement Center in Americus, Ga.
Mr. Litcher was born in Ripley, N.Y. He graduated from Pace University and worked for 14 years before World War II for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in New York.
During World War II, he served in the Army in the office of the quartermaster general and was assigned in Washington. He remained in the Army Reserve after the war until retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1968.
In 1946, Mr. Litcher joined the staff of the Veterans Administration as a finance specialist. He retired in 1972.
He was a member of the Bethesda Kiwanis Club and was a Roman Catholic lay minister for funerals in the Military District of Washington.
Mr. Litcher moved to Georgia from Bethesda this summer.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Christine Forrester Litcher of Americus, and a brother, Albert J. Litcher of Delray Beach, Fla.
LOUISE VELMA TRUEWORTHY
Real Estate Investor
Louise Velma Trueworthy, 91, a real estate investor who bought and sold property in Washington, Florida and Georgia, died of heart ailments July 29 at the Rockville Nursing Home.
Mrs. Trueworthy was born in Arabi, Ga. She moved to Washington as a young woman, and during the 1930s she operated a boarding house where many Washington Senators baseball players stayed. Later in the 1930s and 1940s, she worked as a private-duty nurse.
She was an antiques collector and a gardener.
A longtime resident of College Park, Mrs. Trueworthy moved to Poolesville in 1984 and to the nursing home about 2 1/2 years ago.
She was a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Kenwood, the Beltsville Grange and the Potomac Rose Garden Society.
Her first husband, James S. Barge, died in 1949, and her second husband, Thurston Henry Trueworthy, died in 1964.
Survivors include two children of her first marriage, James S. Barge of Berwyn Heights and Emory D. Barge of Poolesville, and three grandchildren.
CYNTHIA BEATTY LUDLOW
Cynthia Beatty Ludlow, 83, who had researched the history of Easton, Md., died of cancer July 28 at her home in Easton.
Mrs. Ludlow was born in Skaneateles, N.Y. She graduated from Smith College.
She was the widow of retired Navy Capt. William Goodwin Ludlow, who died in 1971. Before World War II, she had accompanied him to China and the Philippines. They had been permanent residents of Easton since 1942.
After her husband's death, Mrs. Ludlow had done research on the history of Easton that led to sections of the city's being placed on the National Register of Historic Sites. She also had written a book, "Historic Easton."
She had been president of the board of trustees of Oldfields School in Glencoe, Md.
Survivors include three children, Charles A. Ludlow of Reno, Nev., Anastasia L. Wrightson of Easton and Cynthia M. Ludlow of Santa Fe; a sister, Laura B. Anthony of Lynchburg, Va.; and four grandchildren.
WILBUR ELLSWORTH THOMPSON
Wilbur Ellsworth Thompson, 37, a naval architect with the Naval Sea Systems Command, died of an aneurysm July 26 at Howard University Hospital.
Mr. Thompson was a lifelong resident of Washington and a graduate of Western High School and the University of the District of Columbia.
He had worked at the Naval Sea Systems Command since 1984. In that period, he also had sold real estate and done financial planning for the Vertices Group.
He had been a football and softball coach in youth sports leagues and had done volunteer tutoring in reading and mathematics for the D.C. public schools.
Survivors, who all live in Washington, include his wife, Eva Thompson; two children, Wilbur Ellsworth Thompson II and Conita Cunningham; two stepsons, Atiba Whitby and Raheem Whitby; his mother, Fay Thompson; four brothers, Herbert, William, James and Joseph Thompson; and a sister, Rene Waddy.