Robert Lee O'Brien Jr., 81, a retired first vice president and board member of the old Union Trust Bank who had served as president of the Washington Boys Clubs in 1961, died of cancer Sept. 7 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. O'Brien was a Washington native and a graduate of Central High School. After graduating from Lehigh University in 1933, he joined the National Savings & Trust Co. in Washington. In 1937, he became a vice president at what was then the Folger, Nolan & Co. brokerage firm. In 1951, he became a vice president of Union Trust. He retired in 1975.

During World War II, Mr. O'Brien served in Africa and Europe. He retired from the reserves as a lieutenant colonel in 1969.

Mr. O'Brien was a past president of the Home Board of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, a past treasurer of the Iwo Jima Statue Foundation, a founding member and treasurer of the International Club and a treasurer of the Rotary Club of Washington. He was a member of the Chevy Chase and Metropolitan clubs.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn O'Brien of Bethesda.


Postal Service Manager

Gloria Dale Neuman, 53, an area resident from 1952 until 1982 and a former U.S. Postal Service manager at the Merrifield office in Fairfax, died Sept. 2 at a hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., after a heart attack.

Mrs. Neuman, who lived in Granville, W.Va., was born in Coeburn, Va. She came to the Washington area about 1952. She joined what was then the Post Office Department in 1966 as a clerk at Baileys Crossroads. She later transferred to the Merrifield office. She was a manager and vice president of the postal union local there until she retired for health reasons in 1970.

She moved from Woodbridge to Ridge, Md., in 1982. In 1984, she became a notary public for the State of Maryland. She moved to West Virginia in 1989.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Albert R. Neuman of Granville; five children, Ronald J. Neuman of Dale City, Kimberly A. Ellis of Fredericksburg, Va., Karen D. Comer of Elkton, Va., Dana G. Bragg of Woodbridge and Timothy F. Neuman of Triangle; five sisters, Delma Green of Coeburn, Thelma Culves of Wise, Va., Stella Hall of Newark, Del., Mary Kerns of Granville, Trula Bell of Alexandria; a brother, Joseph F. Hill of Alexandria; and seven grandchildren.


Former Annandale Resident

Myrtle French Ham, 73, a former Annandale resident, died Sept. 5 at Tampa General Hospital in Florida after a heart attack.

Mrs. Ham was born in Charlottesville and moved to the Washington area in 1946. In 1977, she moved from Annandale to Port Richey, Fla., and had lived there since.

She had been a member of Annandale United Methodist Church and the Annandale Bridge Club.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Louis A. Ham of Port Richey; two daughters, Donna Elizabeth Facey of Alexandria, and Diane Jacqueline Ham of Washington; a sister, Bernice Stefano of San Francisco; and three grandsons.


Consumer Economist

Rosalind C. Lifquist Fossum, 87, a retired consumer economist at the Department of Agriculture, died Sept. 6 at the Thomas House retirement home in Washington after a stroke.

Mrs. Fossum, who had lived at Thomas House since 1988, was a native of Minnesota. She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she also received a master's degree in home economics.

During World War II, she served as a Navy WAVE and attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

She came to the Washington area in 1946 when she joined the Agriculture Department. She retired in 1973, and had received a certificate of merit from the Department of Agriculture.

Mrs. Fossum was a member of the National Democratic Club, the National Federation of Press Women Inc., the Capitol Press Women and the American Home Economics Association.

Her first husband, Milton H. Simon, died in 1944.

Survivors include her husband, M. Truman Fossum of Washington.


FAA Official

Theodore R. McCartney, 76, a retired communciations official with the Federal Aviation Administration, died of liver ailments Aug. 29 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

Mr. McCartney, a resident of Annapolis, was born in Chicago. He graduated from the Chicago Art Institute, but decided to make his career in communications. He went to work for the Federal Communication Commission in 1940 and was assigned to Hawaii. He remained there until the early 1950s, when he transferred to Washington.

In 1966, he joined the FAA. He worked on construction of airport communications facilities in Syria, South Korea and North Africa. He retired in 1975.

He lived in Washington until moving to Annapolis in 1988. He was a member of the Annapolis Yacht club.

His wife, Charlotte McCartney, died in 1986. Survivors include a sister, Marjoirie Robbins of Mesa, Ariz.


Church Trustee

Sylvia J. Schrack, 65, a retired employee of the Montgomery County public library system who was a trustee of the Unitarian Church of Rockville, died of cancer Sept. 6 at her home in Rockville.

Mrs. Schrack was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Durham, N.C. She graduated from Duke University. She moved to the Washington area in 1950 and went to work for the Department of the Air Force. In 1955, she left government service to raise her family.

In 1975, she began working for the Montgomery County library. She was assigned to the Twinbrook branch in Rockville and retired in 1985.

At her church, Mrs. Schrack headed the library committee for 15 years. She also was a member of the League of Women Voters. With her sister, she ran the Ariadne Press, a small publishing house.

Survivors include her husband, Roald Schrack of Rockville; two children, Alan Schrack of Atlanta and Bonnie Schrack of Washington; and her sister, Carol Hoover of Rockville.


Building Contractor and Farmer

Raymond E. Edwards, 86, a retired Northern Virginia building contractor and farmer, died Sept. 7 at Fairfax Hospital. He had heart ailments.

Mr. Edwards was born in Fauquier County. From 1939 until 1957, he was a self-employed building contractor, specializing in residential and commercial building in Northern Virginia.

Since 1957, he had lived in Chantilly, where he operated a dairy farm and later a turf farm until retiring in 1982.

He was a member of Ox Hill Baptist Church in Chantilly. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and travel.

His wife of 55 years, Katie M. Edwards, died in 1982. Survivors include two sons, Elwood F. Edwards and Ralph J. Edwards, both of Leesburg; his stepmother, Mary Jane Edwards of Olney; three sisters, Lula Mason of Leesburg, Glenna Wheeler of Olney and Peggy Toda of Girard, Ohio; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.