Jazz Pianist

Charles "Top" Schneer, 53, a jazz pianist who played at Washington area nightclubs from 1960 until the mid-1970s, died of an aneurysm Aug. 21 at Norfolk General Hospital.

Mr. Schneer was born in Norfolk and as a young man studied piano in New York.

He had played with such artists as Dizzie Gillespie, Stan Getz, Jerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker and Charlie Byrd.

He lived in Arlington from 1960 until the mid-1970s, when he returned to Norfolk, and he had lived there since then.

His marriage to the former Joan Brubaker ended in divorce.

Survivors include a stepson, David White of Arlington.



Edwin Hobart Richards, 86, a retired engineer who had worked 40 years for the Quartermaster Corps of the Army Materiel Command, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 27 at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, Md.

A resident of Crofton, he was on vacation in Ocean City, Md., when he became ill.

Mr. Richards was born in Washington. He graduated from Gonzaga College High School and Catholic University.

He retired from the Army Materiel Command in 1972.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel Griffith Richards of Crofton; five children, Elizabeth Dean of Riverdale, Marie Zawatzky of Walla Walla, Wash., Alfred Richards of Gambrills, Edward Richards of Crofton and Paul Richards of New York City; and 10 grandchildren.



Joseph M. Gallagher Sr., 74, a retired accountant who had worked for the U.S. Postal Service and later for Electronic Data Systems in Rockville, died Aug. 26 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda of complications after gall bladder surgery.

Mr. Gallagher, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Scranton, Pa. He moved to the Washington area and began working for what then was the Post Office Department shortly after his graduation from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md., in 1939. He retired from the Postal Service in 1973.

In 1983 Mr. Gallagher returned to work as an accountant at Electronic Data Systems. He continued in that job until retiring again in May 1990.

He had done volunteer accounting work at St. Camillus Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

His wife, Mary Kearney Gallagher, died in 1983. Survivors include three children, Michael Gallagher of San Antonio, Mary Jo Gallagher and Joseph M. Gallagher Jr., both of Silver Spring; a sister, Mary Evanosky of Hinton, W.Va.; and three grandchildren.