Samuel W. Tucker, 77, a Richmond civil rights lawyer who vigorously advocated desegregation in the 1950s and 1960s, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 19 at a hospital in Richmond. He lived in Richmond and Emporia, Va.
Mr. Tucker had been chairman of the legal staff of the NAACP's Virginia State Conference since 1962. He had also represented Virginia, Maryland and Washington on the NAACP's national board of directors.
He was a senior partner in the Richmond law firm of Hill, Tucker & Marsh. He had become a partner in the firm in 1961.
He had argued civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and at one point he had 150 cases before federal courts at the same time. Much of his practice concerned school segregation and related issues. He had argued important cases in federal courts involving high schools in Prince Edward and New Kent counties.
Mr. Tucker graduated from Howard University in 1933. He was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1934. He then began practicing law in his native Alexandria. In 1939, he filed suit to end the exclusion of blacks from the Alexandria Public Library. He began practicing in Emporia in 1947 and in Richmond in 1960.
He was an Army combat infantry officer in Italy during World War II, attaining the rank of major. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.
Mr. Tucker was named a Virginia Law Foundation fellow in 1987. He was the recipient of awards from the Old Dominion Bar Association and the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which named him a lawyer of the year.
Survivors include his wife, Julia E. Spaulding Tucker of Richmond and Emporia; and a sister, Elsie Tucker Thomas of Alexandria.
Rosemarie Bock, 70, secretary to the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington since 1974, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Oct. 19 at Reston Hospital Center. She lived in Arlington.
She came to Arlington in 1960 and was secretary to the principal of the St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington from 1968 to 1974. Mrs. Bock was a native of Camden, N.J., and had worked for the old Bureau of Internal Revenue in Philadelphia during World War II.
She was a member of St. Thomas More Cathedral.
Survivors include her husband, retired Air Force Col. Charles F. Bock of Arlington; two sons, Gregory F., of Herndon, and Barry J., of Springfield; and a granddaughter.
Elba Rodriguez, 56, an assistant restaurant chef at the Kennedy-Warren apartments in Washington for more than 30 years before retiring for health reasons in 1988, died of cancer Oct. 20 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Rodriguez, who lived in Washington, was a native of Puerto Rico. She came to this area in the 1950s.
Her marriage to Concepcion Rodriguez ended in divorce.
Survivors include a daughter, Aida Rodriguez of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, and a sister, Aurea Acosta of Washington.