ICC Official

Edward Margolin, 77, retired director of the bureau of economics and statistics at the Interstate Commerce Commission and a former college teacher and consultant, died of cancer Sept. 19 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Mr. Margolin, who lived in Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring, was born in Atlantic City. He grew up in Philadelphia. He graduated from Temple University, and had done postgraduate study in economics at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and at American University.

He moved to Washington in 1941 and joined the staff of the Treasury Department, where he worked briefly before transferring to the Department of Commerce. Among his assignments there was working on the establishment of the St. Lawrence Seaway Project. He had been assigned at the ICC for more than 10 years before his retirement from the government in 1973.

In retirement, Mr. Margolin had been an adjunct professor at the Wharton School. He also established and directed the center for transportation studies at American University, where he served as associate professor of transportation and director of graduate and undergraduate programs.

He had been a consultant to the Congressional Alcohol Fuels Commission, the Congressional National Transportation Policy Study Commission and the Congressional Railroad Accounting Principles Board.

Mr. Margolin had been president of the National Academy of Science's transportation research board and vice president of the American Society of Traffic and Transportation.

He was a founding member and president of Rock Creek Pool, a neighborhood swimming pool in Chevy Chase, and a member of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith and Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Freda Ladin "Flick" Margolin of Rossmoor Leisure World; two daughters, Meryl Cohen and Michele Basen, both of Potomac; and five grandchildren.


Church Member

Virginia M. Kenney, 78, a member of Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Annandale and a retired secretary with Battelle, a consulting company, died of emphysema Sept. 19 at Arlington Hospital.

Mrs. Kenney, a resident of Annandale, was born in Rinard, Ill. She lived in Portsmouth, Va., before moving to the Wahington area in 1963. She worked for Battelle for about 10 years before retiring in 1976.

Survivors include her husband, Timothy C. Kenney, whom she married in 1935, of Annandale; five children, Timothy O. Kenney, Susan V. Coppola, Army Maj. John T. Kenney and Kathy J. Finnell, all of Springfield, and Gerald P. Kenney of Houston; a sister, Ruth Peters of St. Louis; a brother, Laverne Howe of Denver; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


Congressional Waiter

Wendell Ernest Thompson, 73, a retired congressional waiter and lifelong area resident who was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, died of a heart ailment Sept. 16 at his home in Washington.

He worked briefly as a postal clerk in Washington in the late 1940s, then worked as a waiter in Congressional dining rooms until retiring about three years ago.

Mr. Thompson, who was born in Washington, attended Armstrong High School and Howard University. During World War II, he served in the Mediterranean theater in the Army's 92nd Infantry Division. He was a member of the Black Buffaloes, a group of veterans of the 92nd.

Survivors include his wife, Sadie Thompson, and a sister, Doris Sneed, both of Washington; and three brothers, William Thompson of Pennsylvania and Paul D. Thompson and Daniel Thompson Jr., both of Washington.



Dr. Michael W. Clark, 41, a physician who last June completed his training in psychiatry at Howard University medical school, died of heart ailments Sept. 8 at Howard University Hospital.

Dr. Clark, a resident of Washington, was born in Buffalo. He received bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Buffalo. He moved to Washington in 1975 and took a residency in surgery at Howard University Hospital.

From 1981 to 1985, he served in the Army Medical Corps. He suffered an eye injury in the service and decided to switch his specialty from surgery to psychiatry.

He leaves no immediate survivors.


Freelance Artist

Anne C. Polisar, 63, a freelance artist who lived in Washington from 1935 to 1952 and who was a graduate of Western High School, died of cancer Sept. 17 at her home in Ithaca, N.Y.

Mrs. Polisar, who was born in Wisconsin, moved to New York City in 1952 and to Ithaca in 1961.

Her husband, Eric Polisar, died in 1968.

Survivors include three children, Darcie White of Ithaca, John Polisar of Belize and Lisa Polisar of Washington.


Post Circulation Manager

Stuart L. Houpt, 71, a retired Washington Post circulation manager whose territory included parts of Western Maryland, West Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, died Sept. 20 at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. He had heart and circulatory ailments.

A resident of Martinsburg, Mr. Houpt was born in Boonsboro, Md. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He began his career with The Post in 1941 and retired in 1984.

Mr. Houpt was a Mason and Shriner and a past president of the Eastern Panhandle Shrine Club and Tall Cedars Lodge in Martinsburg. He also was a member of the American Legion and the Elks.

His marriage to Lucille Houpt ended in divorce. His second wife, Lovella D. Houpt, died in 1974.

Survivors include his wife, Brookie Manard Houpt of Martinsburg; a daughter by his first marriage, Ann L. Wohlford of Leesburg; two sons by his second marriage, Stuart R. and Bradley T. Houpt, both of Martinsburg; a brother, Robert L. Houpt of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; and three grandchildren.


Club Member

Vonnette Bogan Locraft, 83, a member of the Rock Creek Woman's Republican Club, the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase and the Welcome to Washington Club, died Sept. 21 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a stroke.

Mrs. Locraft, who lived in Chevy Chase, was born in Washington. She graduated from Central High School and George Washington University.

She was a member of the Spanish Speaking Club, Friends of Pakistan and the Marathon Bridge Clubs at Children's Hospital and Wolf Trap.

She had traveled widely in Europe, Asia and South America.

Her husband, Bernard F. Locraft, died in 1962. Survivors include a brother, George F. Bogan of Burtonsville; and a sister, Catherine Bogan of Bethesda.


Army Colonel

William Joseph Phillips, 69, a retired Army colonel who served in the Corps of Engineers, died of cancer Sept. 18 at Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax.

Col. Phillips, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Las Vegas, N.M. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in civil engineering and joined the Army in 1942.

He served in England during World War II. Postwar assignments included duty in Panama, Korea and Fort Belvoir, service as military attache in Burma and command of a battalion at Fort Meade. He retired from the Army in 1972 after serving at the Defense Mapping Agency.

Col. Phillips was an avid golfer and a member of Army-Navy Country Club. He had been a permanent resident of the Washington area since 1962.

His marriage to Susie Phillips ended in divorce. His second wife, Vera M. Phillips, died in 1987.

Survivors include his wife, Joy M. Phillips of Falls Church; two children of his first marriage, Nancy Moore of Las Cruces, N.M., and Jane Wiant of Fort Davis, Tex.; and three children of his second marriage, Leslie Ann Phillips and William J. Phillips Jr., both of Chantilly, and James W. Phillips of Fort Ord, Calif.