The obituary yesterday about Arthur M. Becker, 82, gave an incorrect residence. He lived in Bethesda with his wife, Faye Samples Becker. (Published 11/2/90)
Henry Hopp, 79, an agricultural economist and specialist in land use planning and forestry, died of cancer Oct. 19 at Suburban Hospital.
Dr. Hopp worked 33 years for the Agriculture Department and the State Department before retiring in 1969 as chief of the fibers and textiles division of the State Department. In that capacity, he helped establish trade policies for textiles and textile products and participated in negotiating trade agreements with 22 countries. He served on official missions to 20 nations in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
A resident of Bethesda, Dr. Hopp was born in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. He graduated from Syracuse University. He received a master's degree and a doctorate in plant pathology from the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science & Forestry, which is part of Syracuse.
In 1936 he moved to Washington and began working for the Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service. Later he was assigned in the Foreign Agricultural Service. In 1957 he was appointed agricultural attache at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, and later served in a similar capacity in Colombia until 1965, when he became chief of the State Department's fibers and textiles division.
In retirement, Dr. Hopp served two years as agricultural economist for Ghana's ministry of agriculture. From 1973 to 1975, he was a consultant to the Organization of American States, specializing in the development of regional land resource plans in Venezuela and Ecuador.
He was author of more than 130 publications on land use planning, agriculture and forestry.
He was a conservationist, and in 1955 and 1956 was director of the Rock Creek Park Day celebration. He was a former vice president and board member of Congregation Beth El in Bethesda. His marriage to the former Annette Bloom ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Elmira Hopp of Bethesda; their two children, Theodore Hopp of Bethesda and Rachel Hopp of Washington; a daughter from his first marriage, Marcia Raye Newman of Phoenix; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
ARTHUR M. BECKER
Arthur M. Becker, 82, a retired Washington lawyer who specialized in maritime law, died Oct. 30 at Arlington Hospital. He had diabetes.
Mr. Becker was a past board member of First National Bank of Washington and the Washington International Horse Show.
A resident of Arlington, he was a native of New York City. He graduated from New York University and Columbia University's law school.
He came to the Washington area in 1935 as a senior attorney with the Department of Agriculture. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Mediterranean and attained the rank of commander.
After the war, he was a founding partner in the Washington law firm Becker, McGuire, Reich & Galland. In 1967, the firm merged with Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Mitchell, a New York firm of which president Richard M. Nixon and former attorney general John M. Mitchell were partners.
From 1970 to 1973, Mr. Becker served on the President's Commission on American Shiploading. In the mid-1970s, he joined Arent, Fox, Kinter, Plotkin & Kahn as a senior partner. In 1976, he was founding partner of Becker & Chameides. He retired in 1985. Mr. Becker was a member of the National Lawyers Club, the International Club, the Army & Navy Club, the 1925 F Street Club and the Potomac Hunt.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Samples Becker of Bethesda; a son, Francis Evans Becker of Falls Church; and a sister, Helen Becker Schultz of Cliffside Park, N.J.
PAUL A. CAULK
Health Service Official
Paul A. Caulk, 85, retired executive officer of the Public Health Service and special assistant to the surgeon general for field operations, died of cancer Oct. 16 at a hospital in Phoenix.
Mr. Caulk was born in Sorento, Ill., and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He came to Washington in 1929 to work in the passport office of the State Department, then after about a year transferred to the finance office of the Treasury Department. He was assigned in Louisville in the mid-1930s, then returned in 1944 to work for the Office of Price Administration.
He joined the Public Health Service in 1947 as executive officer of the Division of Mental Hygiene. He was named executive officer of the Public Health Service in 1950. He moved to Phoenix in 1962 as special assistant to the surgeon general for field operations.
He retired in 1969 and had lived in Phoenix in retirement. His wife of 50 years, Julia Caulk, died in 1980.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Caulk of Phoenix and Paula Stephens of Annandale; and two sisters, Helen Heuke of Barstow, Calif., and Eifel Anstine of San Diego.
GRACE H. MURRAY
Longtime Area Resident
Grace Healy Murray, 84, a lifelong Washington and Annapolis resident until moving to Florida in the mid-1980s, died Oct. 30 at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a stroke.
Mrs. Murray, who lived in Treasure Island, Fla., maintained a summer residence in Annapolis until her death. She was born in Washington and lived year-round in Annapolis from the late 1950s to mid-1980s. She was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and Strayer Business College. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis. She was an associate and honorary member of the Catholic Daughters of Charity.
Her husband, Jerome S. Murray, died in 1989. Her survivors include five sons, Leo, of Geneva, Tim, of New Orleans, Denis, of Crofton, and Michael and Patrick, both of Annapolis; four daughters, Angela Althoff of Durango, Colo., Eileen Dillon of Bethesda, Kathleen Matthews of Baltimore, and Mary Kramer of Corwin Springs, Mont.; a brother, Norbert Healy of Washington; 31 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
CHARLES WEBB JR.
Air Force Colonel
Charles Webb Jr., 70, a retired Air Force colonel who became a real estate agent and investor, died of cancer Oct. 28 at his home in Washington.
Col. Webb was born in Charleston, S.C., and attended the University of Virginia. He was a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force early in World War II, and he transferred to the U.S. Army Air Forces after the U.S. entry into the conflict. He was a flight instructor and squadron commander in the Pacific.
Postwar assignments included service in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and at NATO headquarters. He left active duty in 1958 and settled in the Washington area, but he remained in the Air Force Reserve for another four years. Col. Webb was a consultant to Chrysler Corp. and later a real estate agent for several brokerages. He also invested in real estate. He retired in 1982. He was a member of the Metropolitan Club and Chevy Chase Club.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Lucy Hoffman Webb of Washington; three children, Charles H. and Livingston R. Webb, both of Washington, and Lainey L. Webb of New York City; and a brother, Rutledge Webb of New York City.
RALPH L. SABERS
Bureau of Indian Affairs Official
Ralph Louis Sabers, 67, a retired chief budget analyst at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, died of cancer Oct. 28 at Doctor's Hospital of Prince George's County.
Mr. Sabers, who lived in Lanham, was a native of South Dakota, where he graduated from Nettleton College. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific.
After the war, he was an accountant in Sioux Falls, S.D., until the late 1950s, when he joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a budget officer. He had assignments in Colorado and New Mexico before transferring to Washington in 1969 as a budget analyst. He retired in 1984.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Cathy Sabers of Lanham; two children, Stanley Sabers of Greenbelt and Cynthia Milchak of Bowie; and six sisters, a brother and three grandchildren.