Robert F. McFadden, 83, the former president of Little Tavern Shops here, died of cancer Aug. 14 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
Mr. McFadden, who lived in Potomac, was born in Savannah, Mo. He attended the University of Missouri, then came to Washington in the mid-1920s to attend Benjamin Franklin University. He graduated in 1926.
In the early 1930s, he opened the first Little Tavern Shop in Washington. The chain of hamburger shops had been started by a cousin in Louisville in 1927.
Mr. McFadden served in the Army during World War II, then returned to this area and his work at the Little Tavern Shops. He had opened 45 shops in the Washington-Baltimore area when he sold the business and retired in 1981.
He was a life member of Almas Temple of the Shrine and Congressional Country Club and a member of Potomac United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Liesa McFadden of Potomac; four children, Robert F. McFadden Jr. of Bethesda, Michael D. McFadden of Germantown, Linda L. Stone of Darnestown and Thomas W. McFadden of Littleton, Colo.; and four grandchildren.
HARRY JACKSON TUCKER
Harry Jackson Tucker, 83, a retired purchasing agent with the D.C. Department of Sanitary Engineering who for many years was an official at area football, baseball and basketball games, died of cancer Aug. 14 at his home in Washington.
As a referee, Mr. Tucker was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. He also was a member of the Greater Washington Softball Hall of Fame.
A native of North Beach, Md., he moved to Washington in 1926. He went to work for the D.C. Department of Sanitary Engineering, and he retired in 1963 with 36 years of service.
He then worked part time for the D.C. Department of Recreation, and for the past 25 years he had announced the softball games at the Guy Mason Recreation Center in Northwest Washington.
Mr. Tucker was a referee or game official at school and college contests and for various local leagues in the Washington area. Among other things, he was the timer for basketball games at Georgetown University for 25 years.
He was a member of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Baseball Association, the Washington District Football Officials Association and the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.
Mr. Tucker also gardened in the Glover Park Association garden in Northwest Washington.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian E. Tucker, whom he married in 1927, of Washington; four children, Harry J. Tucker Jr. of Camillus, N.Y., Margaret O. Schoen of Spartanburg, S.C., Carolyn E. Tucker of Honolulu, and Thomas E. Tucker of Rockville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
THE REV. HARRY VERNON PORTER
The Rev. Harry Vernon Porter, 80, pastor emeritus of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest Washington, died of heart disease Aug. 14 at the Presbyterian Home in Washington, where he had lived since 1988.
Mr. Porter was pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church for 40 years before retiring in 1974. In retirement he worked 10 more years as pastor of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Cottage City, Md.
A native of Pittsburgh, he attended Pittsburgh Academy and received bachelor's and master's degrees in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
He began his career in the ministry at Westminster Presbyterian Church when the church was located on 7th Street SW., where the Department of Housing and Urban Development now stands. The building was torn down during the redevelopment of Southwest Washington and a new facility was opened at 4th and I streets SW in 1965.
Mr. Porter served as permanent clerk of the National Capital Presbytery for 20 years before resigning that job, which involved secretarial and administrative duties, in 1965. He also had been chairman of the sessions records review committee, which monitors the minutes of all Presbyterian churches in the metropolitan area.
He was a sailor and leader of a Sea Scout troop sponsored by his church. He also directed the sailing program for the YMCA and for Camp Letts in Edgewater, Md.
With his wife, the former Anna Margaret Rose, Mr. Porter led a youth ministry in Southwest Washington. Mrs. Porter, a former music director and organist at the church, died in 1988.
There are no immediate survivors.
DONALD ROBERT SAWYER
Donald Robert Sawyer, 66, a research and development engineer who worked for the Army Materiel Command here from 1962 until he retired in 1988, died Aug. 13 at Fairfax Hospital of complications following surgery for a ruptured aortic aneurysm.
Mr. Sawyer, who lived in Vienna, was born in Dexter, N.Y. He attended Oklahoma A&M University, Oklahoma City University and Bethany College in Oklahoma, then served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.
He moved to the Washington area in 1959 after having worked as an engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration and its predecessor agencies in Hawaii, Wake Island and Oklahoma.
He worked here one year for the FAA, then was assigned in Syria for two years to help select a site for the international airport at Damascus.
In 1962, Mr. Sawyer returned to this area and joined the staff of the Army Materiel Command.
Survivors include his wife, Estelle Sawyer of Vienna; five children, Kip Sawyer and Nuni Anders, both of San Diego, Dwayne Sawyer of Clifton, Va., Donelle Sawyer of New York City and Valerie Sawyer of Vienna; a sister, Dorothea Haller of Pillar Point, N.Y., and two granddaughters.
SAMUEL M. HOWARD
Samuel M. Howard, 79, a retired baker who was a founding member, treasurer and deacon of Canaan Baptist Church in Washington, died of heart ailments Aug. 11 at the Halifax Memorial Hospital in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
Mr. Howard, a resident of Washington, was vacationing when he was stricken.
He was born in Littleton, N.C., and he moved to Washington in 1932. He worked for the old Scholl's Cafeteria as a baker for nine years and then was a baker at the old Astor Pastry Shop. In 1951, he went to work in the bakery of Neisner's variety store, and he retired from there in 1975.
Survivors include his wife, Jessie Baskerville Howard, whom he married in 1936, of Washington; three daughters, Joyce Jones of Washington, Muriel Stanley of Rockville and Ruth Howard Chambers of New York City; seven sisters, Bessie Marrow, Elaine Flood, Viola White and Cleo Coakley, all of Washington, Maude Paschall of Columbia, Md., Lucie Thompson of Camp Springs, and Dollie Blue of Silver Spring; a brother, Freddie Howard of Baltimore; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Hooshang Alemazkoor, 57, a land developer and investor in Northern California and the Washington area, died of cancer Aug. 12 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Alemazkoor, who lived in Washington and Clearlake, Calif., was born in Tehran. He came to the United States after completing high school in Iran, and graduated from Oregon State University.
He was a civil engineer in California and Massachusetts before returning to Iran in 1964. There he worked on oil pipelines from Iran to the Soviet Union. He organized a development and engineering business that developed land and built factories and housing projects in Iran, North Africa and Europe.
When the Shah's government fell in 1979, Mr. Alemazkoor returned to the United States. He settled in Washington and California, where he invested in and developed residential and commercial property.
Survivors include his wife, Sharaine Alemazkoor of Washington and California, and three children, Eric Alemazkoor of San Francisco, Rameh Alemazkoor of Sacramento, Calif., and Gian Alemazkoor of Washington.
SEFERINO MARTINEZ JR.
Seferino Martinez Jr., 70, a retired postal clerk, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 12 at George Washington University Hospital.
Mr. Martinez, who lived in Washington, was born in Zeizing, W.Va.
He moved to the Washington area in the early 1930s and worked as a steward on the B&O Railroad. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific, then returned to the B&O.
In 1957, Mr. Martinez became a railway postal clerk. He became a postal clerk in 1971 and was assigned at the Merrifield postal facility in Northern Virginia at his retirement in June of this year.
His marriage to the former Ruth Hardesty ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, Raymond Martinez of Bladensburg and Michael Martinez of Westminster, Md.; a sister, Margaret Pulice of Shinnston, W.Va.; and two grandsons.