In the obituary yesterday of Monroe Oppenheimer, 86, a retired Washington communications lawyer, Mr. Oppenheimer's first name was incorrect. (Published 10/6/90)
Ronald Oppenheimer, 86, a retired Washington communications lawyer who worked for New Deal agencies in the 1930s, died of cancer Oct. 2 at Georgetown University Hospital.
Mr. Oppenheimer, who lived in Washington, was born in New York City. A graduate of the City College of New York, he studied law at Washington University in St. Louis and received bachelor's and doctoral degrees in law from Yale University.
In 1933, he moved to Washington and became chief attorney for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. In 1935, he joined the Resettlement Administration, which was formed that year.
In 1937, when the Resettlement Administration was renamed the Farm Security Administration, Mr. Oppenheimer became the chief lawyer in the office of the solicitor general of the Agriculture Department. He remained there until 1941, when he was named general counsel of the Board of Economic Warfare.
In 1943, Mr. Oppenheimer established a private law practice. He specialized in communications matters, and for many years he was associated with the law firm of Surrey, Karasik, Gould & Greene. He retired in 1980.
Mr. Oppenheimer's hobby was petroglyphs, which are cave writings. In 1989, he and Willard Wirtz, who was secretary of labor in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, published an article in The West Virginia Archeologist called "A Linguistic Analysis of Some West Virginia Petroglyphs."
Mr. Oppenheimer was a member of the D.C. and Missouri Bar associations, the Federal Communications Bar and the Yale Law School Association.
His first wife, the former Ruth Shapiro, whom he married in 1933, died in 1969.
Survivors include his wife, Elena Mercey Oppenheimer of Washington, and two children by his first marriage, Judith Oppenheimer Loth and Mark Oppenheimer, both of Washington.
LILIAN THOMSON MOWRER
Lilian Thomson Mowrer, 101, a Washington resident for 30 years who wrote books on European and world politics, died of heart ailments Sept. 30 at her home in Chicago.
Mrs. Mowrer, who was born in London, was the widow of Edgar Ansell Mowrer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist for the Chicago Daily News. They were married in 1916 and settled in Rome, where Mr. Mowrer was a correspondent until 1924.
They were in Berlin from 1924 to 1934, and in Paris from 1934 until the fall of France to the Germans in 1940. Mr. Mowrer won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his reporting from Germany on the rise of the Nazis.
The Mowrers came to Washington from France. Their main residence was here until 1970, when they moved to Wonalancet, N.H.
Mrs. Mowrer's first book was "Journalist's Wife," an autobiography that appeared in 1937. She later wrote "Riptide of Aggression," an outline of World War II; "Arrest and Exile," a book about Siberia; "The United States and World Relations"; "I've Seen It Happen Twice"; and "The Indomitable John Scott: Citizen of Long Island," a biography of a 17th century landowner on Long Island, N.Y.
Mrs. Mowrer also wrote theater criticism and articles on politics for such publications as Vanity Fair and Town and Country and for various British newspapers.
In their retirement in New Hampshire, the Mowrers collaborated on a book called "Umano and the Price of Lasting Peace."
Mr. Mowrer died in 1977.
Survivors include a daughter, Diana Mowrer Beliard of Chicago, and a grandchild.
ROBERT L. BOWEN
Robert L. Bowen, 50, the Greenbelt regional manager for Bob Hall Inc., an Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship, died Sept. 26 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, Md., after a heart attack.
Mr. Bowen, a lifelong resident of Huntingtown, Md., was a graduate of Calvert High School. He was an oil burner mechanic for the Southern Maryland Oil Co. before joining Bob Hall Inc. 18 years ago.
He was a member of the Calvert County Men's Softball League and the Amateur Trapshooting Association.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley M. Bowen, whom he married in 1957, of Huntingtown; three children, Cheryl A. Terry and Robert L. Bowen Jr., both of Huntingtown, and Donna L. Grover of Prince Frederick; his parents, Briscoe and Audrey Mae Bowen of Huntingtown; two brothers, Briscoe Bowen Jr. of Leonardtown, Md., and Timothy L. Bowen of Lusby, Md.; and three grandchildren.
MARGARET JACOB JONES
Margaret Jacob Jones, 62, director of research at the National Education Association, died of emphysema Oct. 3 at the St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh. A resident of Mitchellville, she was in Pittsburgh for medical treatment.
Dr. Jones was born in Nanticoke, Pa. She graduated from Wilson College, received a master's degree in education at Millersville State University and received a doctorate in education at Pennsylvania State University.
Before moving to the Washington area and joining the staff of the National Education Association 13 years ago, she had worked at Research for Better Schools in Philadelphia and served as an associate professor at Temple University.
Survivors include her husband, Robert C. Jones of Mitchellville; and a brother, John T. Jacob of Tavares, Fla.
JOHN R. RICHARDS
Air Force Colonel
John R. Richards, 75, a retired Air Force colonel and a retired sales executive with Computron Inc. in Falls Church, died at Alexandria Hospital Sept. 29 after a heart attack. He lived in Alexandria.
Col. Richards was born in New Jersey and grew up in California. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1941 and was commissioned in the Coast Artillery.
During World War II, he served in China. His Air Force assignments included duty in Paris and at West Point, where he taught mathematics. His last assignment was as chief of the data processing division at Air Force headquarters in Washington.
He retired from active duty in 1963. His military decorations included the Legion of Merit.
He then became a data processing sales executive at RCA in Washington. About 1971, he joined Computron, a Massachusetts-based magnetic tape manufacturing company that has area offices in Rockville. He retired a second time in 1973.
His marriage to Elaine Martin Richards ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Fannie Laura Richards of Alexandria; three sons from his first marriage, John L. Richards of Pittsburgh, David L. Richards of Red Bank, N.J., and Thomas M. Richards of Little Silver, N.J.; two stepchildren, Howard L. Terry Jr. of Alexandria and Lucie Terry Humple of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.
JOAN M. DAUBER
Joan M. Dauber, 61, an accounting clerk with BDM International in McLean, died of cancer Oct. 2 at Fairfax Hospital.
Mrs. Dauber, who lived in McLean, was born in Spring Grove, Pa.
She held several clerical, administrative and secretarial jobs at the county courthouse in York, Pa., before moving to this area eight years ago.
She was a secretary and administrator at the Madeira School before joining the staff at BDM International a year ago.
Her marriage to Francis Dauber ended in divorce.
Survivors include her companion of eight years, Kenneth R. Stevens of McLean; two children of her marriage, Jane B. Duke and Thomas S. Dauber, both of York; and her mother, Pauline F. Beecher, and a sister, Dorothy Strayer, both of Spring Grove.
FRANK M. GOGALSKI
Postal Truck Driver
Frank Marion Gogalski, 75, a retired parcel post truck driver for the U.S. Postal Service in Rockville, died of cancer Oct. 4 at Montgomery General Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.
Mr. Gogalski was a native of Pennsylvania and came to the Washington area in 1940. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe.
After the war, he established Resilient Floors Inc., a linoleum sales and installation business in Silver Spring. He closed the business in 1963 and went to work for the Post Office Department in Rockville.
Mr. Gogalski retired in 1980 and moved to Florida. He returned here in 1989. He was a member of St. Francis Polish National Catholic Church in Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Genevieve Elizabeth Simon Gogalski of Silver Spring; a daughter, Candice A. Minnick of Silver Spring; six brothers, John Gogolski of Farmington, Conn., Robert Gogolski of Clarksburg, Md., Martin Gogolski of Alexandria, Frederick Gogolski of Topeka, Kan., Leon Gogolski of Baltimore and Cyril Gogolski of Blakely, Pa.; and three sisters, Jean Petrusaitis of Stratford, Conn., Marcella Crull of Silver Spring and Elvira Burns of Tamarac, Fla.
PATRICIA JANE BROMLEY
New Haven Archivist
Patricia Jane Bromley, 63, a former chief archivist of the New Haven Colony Historical Society in New Haven, Conn., died of cancer Oct. 2 at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda.
Mrs. Bromley, a resident of Bethesda, moved to the Washington area in 1989 when her husband, Dr. D. Allan Bromley, a professor at Yale University, became assistant to President Bush for science and technology and director of the Office of Science and Technology in the Executive Office of the President.
A native of Brookville, Ontario, Mrs. Bromley graduated from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She was assistant to the dean of the Yale graduate school before becoming archivist of the New Haven Colony Historical Society.
In addition to her husband, of Bethesda, survivors include two children, David John Bromley of Woodside, Calif., and Karen Lynn Bromley of New York City; two sisters, Mrs. Gerald Sampico of Hartford, Wis., and Judith McRae of Toronto; a brother, Thomas J. Brassor, also of Toronto; and two grandchildren.
Tillie Budman, 88, a past president of the Senior Friendship Club at Shaare Tefila Synagogue in Silver Spring and a volunteer at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 2 at Suburban Hospital.
Mrs. Budman, a resident of Rockville, was born in Pinsk, Russia. She came to this country in 1922 and settled in Washington. She and her husband ran a series of grocery stores and dry-cleaning businesses in Washington until retiring in the early 1960s.
Mrs. Budman was a volunteer teacher at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville and a member of the Pioneer Women, the Workmen's Circle and the United Landsleight of Pinsk and Vicinity, an organization of people descended from residents of that region.
Her husband, Isadore L. Budman, died in 1976.
Survivors include six children, Harry and Irving Budman and Bonnie Favin, all of Silver Spring, and Walter and Jack Budman and Esther Wasser, all of Rockville; 18 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
ROBERT HOLDEN SMITH
MCI Sales Executive
Robert Holden Smith, 62, a senior sales executive with MCI in Arlington, died Sept. 30 at Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis after a heart attack. He was sailing on Chesapeake Bay when he was stricken.
Mr. Smith, who lived in Annapolis, was born in Short Hills, N.J. He graduated from Dartmouth College. He served in an Army Ranger unit in Korea during the war there.
He began his career with IBM in New York and was assigned to the Washington area in 1967. He worked in sales for IBM and later Satellite Business Systems before joining the staff of MCI in 1986.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and a former president of the Ambereley Community Association.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Smith of Annapolis; five children, Amanda, Brian and Stefan Smith, all of Annapolis, Cottin Jeffrey Smith of Bethel, Conn., and Christopher Smith of Durham, N.H.; five brothers; and three sisters.
ROBERT THAYER LINER JR.
Robert Thayer Liner Jr., 51, a nuclear engineer who worked on regulatory safety projects for the Science Applications International Corp. in McLean, died of heart ailments Oct. 3 at Fairfax Hospital.
Dr. Liner, a resident of Annandale, was born in Chattanooga, Tenn. He graduated from the University of Tennessee and received master's and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University.
In 1972, he moved to the Washington area and joined Science Applications International. He was an assistant vice president and project manager at the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis G. Liner, whom he married in 1961, of Annandale; two children, Laura Liner Baxter and Jennifer Liner, both of Annandale; his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Robert T. Liner Sr. of Lakeland, Fla.; a brother, Don Liner of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and a sister, Barbara Ann Polk of Lakeland.
Lydia Konforti, 58, a dental assistant and a Washington area resident since 1973, died of an aneurysm Oct. 2 at the National Hospital for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in Arlington.
Mrs. Konforti, who lived in Arlington, was a native of Bulgaria. She moved to Israel in 1948 and to Cyprus in 1956. She immigrated to the United States in 1963 and lived in Falls Church for a year. She then moved to Syracuse, N.Y., where she worked as a dental assistant.
She returned here in 1973 and settled in Arlington. She had been a dental assistant with Dr. Bernard Carr in Alexandria and Dr. Arthur Strauss in Arlington before going to work for Dr. A. Patrick Flynn in Washington in 1984.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, David Konforti of Arlington; a son, Robert Konforti of Vero Beach, Fla., and two grandchildren. MORE OBITUARIES ON PAGE C7