Samuel P. Cohen, 89, a retired area developer and a founder and director emeritus of Madison National Bank who was active in Jewish groups, died Nov. 1 at George Washington University Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Chevy Chase and Bal Harbour, Fla.
A developer from the 1940s to late 1970s, he was a founder and partner in the Ochsman Funger and Cohen building firm in Washington. A pioneer builder of low-cost homes in the Silver Spring area, he and his company also developed commercial properties. Their projects included Seminary Towers in Alexandria, the Springhill Lake apartments in Greenbelt and the West Deer Park apartments in Gaitherburg.
Mr. Cohen was a past president of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington and had served three terms as treasurer of Adas Israel Congregation. He was a past real estate division chairman of State of Israel Bonds.
He received awards for his charitable work from such organizations as Catholic University, the American Friends of Hebrew University and the Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington. He helped establish the Permanent Tourette Syndrome Association Research Fund.
A golfer, he had served on the board of the Woodmont Country Club. He helped found the Amity Club.
Mr. Cohen was born in Odessa, in what is now the Soviet Union, and came to this country and Washington when he was 2 years old. He was placed as an orphan in the Jewish Children's Home of Washington and attended Central High School.
He worked for the Ford Motor Co. in Detroit before returning here in 1919 as a salesman in Hahn's shoe stores. In 1931, he started the first of what became five of his own Hollywood Shoe Stores. He sold the stores in the 1940s. For a time, he also was president of Mid-Atlantic Appliances Inc., wholesale distributors of kitchen and laundry equipment.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Yetta, of Chevy Chase and Bal Harbour; two daughters, Meurice Ochsman and Norma Lee Funger, both of Potomac; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
MARY CLAPP ARTAMONOFF
Mary Clapp Artamonoff, 78, a retired Washington teacher and tutor, died Nov. 1 at the home of a son in Knoxville, Tenn. She had emphysema.
Mrs. Artamonoff, who lived in Washington, was born in Great Neck, N.Y., and grew up there and in Leicester, Mass. She graduated from Smith College and later taught at Milton Academy in Massachusetts.
In 1940 she married Robert Allan Clapp. They lived in Minneapolis before moving to Bethesda in 1953. He died in 1961.
From the late 1950s until the late 1960s, Mrs. Artamonoff taught first grade at Sheridan School in Washington. Later she was a tutor at the Kingsbury Center in Washington until retiring in the early 1970s.
She had participated in social outreach and fund-raising programs at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda and had done volunteer work and fund-raising for For Love of Children, a private, nonprofit support and advocacy organization for needy children.
Mrs. Artamonoff had campaigned with the Springfield Garden Club for the enactment in Montgomery County of regulations restraining the use of pesticides in lawn care.
In 1972 she married retired Army Col. George Leonidovich Artamonoff. They lived in Coral Gables, Fla., during the mid-1970s but returned here in 1978. He died in 1987.
Survivors include two children by her first marriage, Elizabeth C. Agle of Washington and Roger B. Clapp of Knoxville; a stepdaughter, Elisavietta Ritchie of Washington; a brother, Herbert S. May of Worcester, Mass.; and four grandchildren.
ERNEST J. WILSON JR.
Howard U. Administrator
Ernest James Wilson Jr., 70, a retired Howard University administrator and poet, died of liver failure Oct. 31 at Howard University Hospital.
Mr. Wilson, who lived in Washington, was born in Greenwich, Conn., and grew up in Philadelphia. He graduated from Howard University and received a master's degree in psychology from American University. He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.
In 1946, he joined the administrative staff at Howard. He had been an educational director and assistant director of admissions and foreign student adviser. In the 1960s, and until his retirement in the mid-1970s, he was Howard's first director of international student services.
During the 1960s, Mr. Wilson traveled to India and newly independent nations of East and West Africa on a State Department-supported program to establish courses of study for students about to attend colleges in the United States.
His poetry had been published in a Langston Hughes-Arna Bontemps anthology and in a book, "We Too as Working Men," of which he was author with Walter I. Ray. He had been poet-in-residence at the National Park Service's Art Barn in Rock Creek Park.
In 1989, Mr. Wilson was editor of the premier issue of the resurrected Stylus, a literary magazine founded in 1916 by Alain Locke and T. Montgomery Gregory, Mr. Wilson's father-in-law.
His wife of 40 years, the former Mignon Gregory, died in 1987. Survivors include three children, Dr. Ernest James Wilson III of Ann Arbor, Mich., Wendy Wilson and Gregory Wilson, both of Washington; a sister, Thelma Booker of Philadelphia; and two brothers, Calvin T. Wilson of Philadelphia and Billy Wilson of Englewood, N.J.
BIRLEY E. VINSKEY
Birley E. Vinskey, 94, a retired secretary who spent most of her career at the Bureau of Mines, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 4 at Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Bethesda.
Mrs. Vinskey, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Bethany, Mo. She attended the University of Missouri, then taught school in Missouri.
In 1922 she married Henry J. Vinskey. They moved to the Washington area shortly thereafter, and she began working as a secretary. She retired in 1970.
Her husband died in 1971. She leaves no immediate survivors.
Felix Rice, 46, a Washington native who had been an actor, singer and dancer in this country and in England, died Oct. 19 at his home in Key West, Fla. He had AIDS.
Mr. Rice, who had been a member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Washington, was a graduate of Dunbar High School. After graduating from Ohio University, he went to New York City.
He had his Broadway debut in 1969 in "Celebration," in which he acted, sang and danced. He performed on Broadway and in Shakespearean productions before going to England in the early 1970s. In England, he sang back-up for tours of the Ray Coniff singers and Supremes and wrote a song for The Who. He also performed in cabaret acts.
Mr. Rice returned to New York in the early 1980s, then moved to Key West about five years ago. He had performed in stage shows in Florida.
Survivors include his parents, William J. and Deloris Rice, and a sister, Deborah Jackson, all of Washington.
JOHN P. GALVIN
John Pingry Galvin, 73, a retired geographer with the Army Corps of Engineers and a former president of the Parent-Teacher Association at Robert Frost Intermediate School in Fairfax, died of cancer Nov. 1 at his home in Springfield.
Mr. Galvin was born in Centralia, Wash. He enlisted in the Navy in 1936. During World War II, he became an officer and served in the Pacific, and he left the service in 1946. He graduated from the University of Washington, and did graduate work in geography at the University of Maryland.
In the late 1940s, he moved to Washington and went to work for the CIA. He later transferred to the old Army Map Service and then to the Corps of Engineers. He retired in 1978.
Mr. Galvin was a member of the King's Park Civic Association in Springfield and St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Annandale.
Survivors include his wife, Ernestine H. Galvin, whom he married in 1950, of Springfield; three children, Frederick J. and Matthew P. Galvin, both of Springfield, and Madeline Ann Constantine of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; and a sister, Marilyn Mechelsen of Bellevue, Wash.