Boris Hansen Klosson, 71, a retired State Department Foreign Service officer who was a specialist in Soviet and East European affairs, died of heart ailments Aug. 3 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.
He went to work at the State Department in 1945 and joined the Foreign Service in 1956. In addition to various assignments in Washington and Moscow, he was deputy U.S. representative to SALT II in Geneva from 1973 until he retired in 1978.
Mr. Klosson, who was a native of Buffalo, graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and received a master's degree in political science at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. During World War II, he served in the Army and the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency.
When he joined the State Department, Mr. Klosson went into the Soviet and East European research divison and eventually became its chief. From 1957 to 1959, he headed Soviet studies on the faculty of the National War College.
In 1959, Mr. Klosson went to Moscow as political counselor in the U.S. Embassy. In 1962, he became deputy chief of mission, or second in command, in the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1965, he returned to the State Department as head of the Soviet and East European exchanges staff.
From 1969 to 1972, he was deputy chief of mission of the embassy in Moscow. For the next year, he was diplomat in residence at Colgate University and Hamilton College. He then was assigned to SALT II.
Mr. Klosson's survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Harriet F. Cheston, of Chevy Chase; four children, Michael Klosson of Rockville, Harriet K. DiCicco of Newport, R.I., Christopher H. Klosson of Deerfield, Mass., and Charles S.C. Klosson of Chevy Chase; a brother, Kenneth A. Klosson of Oceanside, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Michael Lipson, 51, an administrator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who had worked for the Commerce Department since moving here in 1968, died of a heart ailment Aug. 3 at Washington Hospital Center. He lived in Silver Spring.
At the time of his death, he was chief administrative officer of the National Weather Service.
Mr. Lipson was born in New York City and grew up in Miami. He was a graduate of the University of Florida. He began his government career in Florida in 1966 as an investigator with the Public Health Service.
He was a life master in the Washington Bridge League.
For the past 15 years he had coached a coed softball team, the NOAA Accounts. Over the years, the team fielded players who ranged in age from pre-teens to the late fifties and won a division championship.
His marriage to Lainie Lipson ended in divorce.
Survivors include a son, Gregg, of College Park; two daughters, Ricci Michelle Lipson of Bowie and Lisa Lipson of Australia; two stepdaughters, Adeena Sarah of Columbia and Beth Hahn of Arlington; a brother, Elliot, of Miami; and a granddaughter.