John C. Henry, 84, a former reporter and editor with The Washington Star who in 1941-42 had served as president of the White House Correspondents Association, died Aug. 28 at Ginger Cove Life Care Community in Annapolis. He had heart ailments.

Mr. Henry joined the Star as a labor and political reporter in 1934. He became White House correspondent in 1939 and covered President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the early years of World War II, reporting from Washington and around the world.

From 1942 to 1946 he was on active duty with the Army, serving in the Air Transport Command. He was discharged as a colonel.

After the war, Mr. Henry returned to the Star, initially as Sunday editor, then as an editorial writer. He became business editor in 1963 and retired in 1971. He was president of the Society of American Business Writers in 1970-1971.

In retirement, Mr. Henry worked as a consultant to the Price Commission that administered President Nixon's wage and price controls. After the commission was disbanded in 1973, he worked for one year as a consultant to Doremus, a business consulting organization.

He ghost-wrote "FDR: My Boss," for Grace Tully, President Roosevelt's former secretary.

Mr. Henry, who lived in Annapolis, was born in Wickford, R.I., and graduated from Brown University. He worked for the Providence Journal before moving to Washington to work for the Star.

His marriages to Barbara Henry and Jacqueline Henry ended in divorce. His third wife, Elizabeth Henry, died in 1986.

Survivors include two children of his second marriage, Alan Henry of Chicago and Caroline Henry of New York; three stepchildren, Samuel Scrivener III and Millicent Calver, both of Annapolis, and Diane Adams of Edgewater, Md.; and seven grandchildren.


Navy Researcher

David C. dePackh, 68, a retired researcher at the Naval Research Laboratory, where he was a branch head in nuclear physics, died of cancer Aug. 27 at his home in Hollywood, Md.

Mr. dePackh was born in Chicago, and he graduated from the University of Chicago.

In 1939, he moved to the Washington area and went to work for the Naval Research Laboratory. He began his career as a radar technician and later worked in nuclear physics. He retired in 1974.

A former resident of Oxon Hill, Mr. dePackh had lived in Hollywood in St. Mary's County since 1974. In retirement, he did experiments with solar energy. He also was an amateur singer, pianist and composer, and he performed at local recitals.

His marriage to Mary Fraser dePackh ended in divorce.

Survivors include his daughter, Felene N. Schach-dePackh of Scarborough, Maine.


Navy Department Employee

Gordon Holmes Crabill, 75, a retired Navy Department employee who specialized in equipment inventory and quality, died of cancer Aug. 28 at his home in Takoma Park.

Mr. Crabill was born in Washington and graduated from Central High School. He attended Elon College in North Carolina, Roanoke College in Virginia and George Washington University.

He retired from the Navy Department in 1972 after 20 years' service. Earlier he had worked for the General Accounting Office.

In 1933 Mr. Crabill was Washington's high school tennis champion. As a young man he played fast pitch softball for several teams in the Washington area, including Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church. He was an amateur airplane pilot and did snow and water skiing, both in the United States and Europe.

Survivors include his wife, Coral Crabill of Takoma Park.