The Rev. Isadore Daniel Richards, 80, pastor emeritus of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Washington and a former supervisor of messengers at the White House, died of respiratory failure Nov. 2 at Walter Reed Army Hospital.
Mr. Richards, who lived in Washington, was born in Castleberry, Ala. He moved to the Washington area about 1939 and went to work at the White House. He retired about 1970 after 30 years' service there.
In 1950, Mr. Richards graduated from Washington Baptist Seminary and became pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
He served there 33 years until becoming pastor emeritus in 1983.
Mr. Richards was a past president of the Northeast Group Ministers Association, and a vice chairman of the H Street Corridor Area Action Committee. He had served on the board of directors of Gallaudet University.
Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Richards of Washington; six children, Jacqueline R. Moore, Isadore D. Richards Jr., Celestine Finch, Colleen Anderson, Lamar H. Richards, and Alonzo G. Richards, also of Washington; two sisters, Willie A. Honeysucker of Detroit, and Ruby L. Roberts of Washington; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
SARA L. BECKER
Sara L. Becker, 91, a retired postal administrative aide and former piano teacher, died Oct. 7 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Miss Becker was born in New York City and came to Washington at an early age.
She attended the old Washington College of Music and gave private piano lessons for about 15 years before joining the government in 1934. She spent a short time with the old Works Progress Administration before transferring to the Post Office.
In 1954, she transferred to Atlanta. After retiring in 1964, she returned to live in Washington. About six years ago, she moved to the Hebrew Home.
There are no immediate survivors.
CHARLES J. BAUER
Public Relations Official
Charles J. Bauer, 85, a retired public relations official with the National Catholic Welfare Conference and a former journalist and government worker, died of cancer Nov. 3 at the home of a daughter in Potomac. He lived in Potomac.
He came here in 1945 and spent the next two years with the Census Bureau, where he was an information specialist. From 1947 to 1956, he was executive secretary of the Building Owners and Managers Asssociation of Washington, then spent a year as executive secretary of the Washington Real Estate Board.
He worked briefly in the real estate business, as manager of the commercial real estate department of the Thomas J. Fisher Co., before joining the Catholic Welfare Conference in 1960. He retired in 1963.
Mr. Bauer was a native of Dayton, Ohio. He attended Mount St. John's Seminary in Ohio. From 1929 to 1939, he served as a columnist and aviation, city, and Sunday editor of newspapers in Dayton.
He then served as principal officer of the Dayton Newspaper Guild and business agent of the Dayton public service union before coming here.
He was the author of several books, including the novel, "So I Killed Lincoln," non-fiction works and volumes of poetry. He attended St. James Episcopal Church in Potomac.
His wife, Mary, died in 1985. Survivors include a son, Robin L., of Gaithersburg; a daughter, Carol B. Shattuck of Potomac; and three grandchildren.
JAMES B. BERRY JR.
Army Colonel and Court Clerk
James Belt Berry Jr., 73, a retired Army colonel who was chief clerk of the Prince George's County District Court from 1971 to 1979, died Nov. 3 at Prince George's Hospital Center after a heart attack. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Col. Berry received his Army commission in 1938 and served with the infantry in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. After the war, he was stationed here and in Europe and specialized in intelligence work.
After retiring from active duty in 1960, he farmed tobacco, soybeans and corn here. From 1965 to 1971, he practiced law in Mount Rainier and Camp Springs.
Col. Berry was born on the farm in Capitol Heights where he lived at the time of his death. He attended Frederick Sasser High School in Upper Marlboro. He graduated from the University of Maryland with an accounting degree in 1938, and from Georgetown University law school in 1965.
He had served on the vestry of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Upper Marlboro. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 482 in Forestville, and the Maryland and Prince George's Bar associations.
Survivors include his wife, the former E. Virginia Judd, of Capitol Heights; two sons, William D., and James III, both of Takoma Park; a daughter, Ellen V. Morris of Franklin, Pa.; two sisters, Catherine B. Clagett of Upper Marlboro, and Margaret B. Thomas of West Hartford, Conn.; and six grandchildren.
D.C. Police Officer
Graham Sefton, 50, a retired Washington police officer who later worked as a security consultant in Southern Maryland, died Nov. 4 at his home in Waldorf after a heart attack.
Mr. Sefton was born in Gary, Ind. He attended Indiana State University and Indiana University.
He moved to the Washington area and joined the police department in 1964. He rose to the rank of lieutenant and had worked in patrol, morals, communication and training units before retiring on disability because of heart ailments in 1983.
Since retiring from the police department, Mr. Sefton had been director of safety and security for Davis Corp. construction company in LaPlata.
In July of 1988 he formed a partnership, Southern Maryland Contractors and Consultants Inc., a construction and safety consulting firm.
He was a former president and fire marshal in charge of fire prevention for the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, the former Nancy Jo Reitz, and two sons, Scott Alan and Christopher Sefton, all of Waldorf; and his mother, Muriel Sefton of Dunedin, Fla.
ALMA K. KLOEPFER
Alma K. Kloepfer, 94, a Washington resident for the last 14 years, died Nov. 4 at Sibley Memorial Hospital of complications resulting from a perforated bowel.
Mrs. Kloepfer was born in Chicago. She moved to this area from Boynton Beach, Fla. Her husband, William J. Kloepfer, died in 1986.
Survivors include two sons, William Kloepfer Jr. of Chevy Chase, and David J. Kloepfer of Littleton, Colo.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
GEORGE L. McCONVILLE
George L. McConville, 68, a retired assistant commissioner at the Treasury Department's government financial operations bureau, died of cancer Nov. 4 at his home in Chatham, Mass.
He began his career with Treasury in 1951 as a clerk. He later worked as a personnel officer before becoming assistant bureau commissioner in 1974. He retired in 1980 and moved from Rockville to Chatham.
Mr. McConville was born in Maine and grew up in Massachusetts. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe. He attended the Leland Powers School of Drama and Theater in Boston and graduated from Georgetown University.
After moving to Chatham, he directed and performed in numerous community theater productions in the Cape Cod area.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Mary Frances McConville of Chatham; four children, Mark McConville of Mashpee, Mass., Sean McConville of Damascus, Catherine McConville Wheeler of Columbia, and Paula McConville of Germantown; a brother, Henry McConville of Wakefield, Mass.; a sister, Lucy Ruddy of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
Commerce Department Official
Donald Sham, 86, retired chief of the international commodities staff of the Department of Commerce, died Nov. 3 at the Washington Home of pneumonia and complications resulting from a stroke.
Dr. Sham, who lived in Washington, was born in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Redlands in California and received a master's degree and a doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
He taught at the University of Santa Clara and at the University of California at Berkeley during the 1930s, then in 1939 came to Washington as a fellow at the Brookings Institution.
During World War II he worked at the War Production Board. He was secretary of the Office of Alien Property from 1943 to 1953, when he joined the Commerce Department as a senior economist in the foreign policy division. He became chief of the international commodities staff in 1955, and served in that capacity until retiring in 1971. He received the Commerce Department's Silver Award in 1968.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Hope Gravett Sham of Washington.
JOSEPH F. LANGAN
CIA Security Official
Joseph Francis Langan, 75, a retired Central Intelligence Agency security official, died Nov. 5 at Sibley Memorial Hospital of complications after open heart surgery.
Mr. Langan, who lived in Leisure World in Montgomery County, was born in Carbondale, Pa. He was a Pennsylvania state police officer from 1937 to 1945; then in 1945 and 1946 was a civilian investigator for the Army in West Germany.
He worked for the U.S. Senate subcommittee on privileges and elections from 1947 to 1949; then from 1949 to 1953 was a special agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence.
He joined the CIA as a senior security representative in 1953. His CIA career was spent in the Washington area, except for a period in South Vietnam in the late 1960s.
In 1974, Mr. Langan retired from the CIA. He was awarded a Career Intelligence Medal on retirement. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church at Leisure World.
Survivors include his wife, June Langan of Leisure World; a daughter, Linda Kildea of Sumner; and a grandson.
MARGARET J. BRIGGS
Margaret Jones Briggs, 79, who had been a volunteer worker at Fairfax Hospital's Treasure Trove 2 thrift shop in Annandale for the past 25 years, died of cancer Nov. 3 at Arlington Hospital. She lived in Annandale.
Mrs. Briggs, an Annandale resident for more than 50 years, was a native of McKenney, Va. She came here about 1936 and graduated from the old Garfield Hospital's nursing program.
She had taught in the Merrydowns Day School, a private Annandale school, in the early 1950s, and owned and operated the Swap Shop, an Annandale barter store, in the mid-1950s.
Her husband, Guy H. Briggs Jr., whom she married in 1936, died in 1986.
Her survivors include a son, Guy III, of Springfield; two daughters, Virginia B. Schwartz of Washington, and Patricia B. Roche of Fairfax; a brother, Frank Jones of McKenney; two sisters, Thelma Pryor of Portland, Ore., and Olga Rideout of Jarrat, Va.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
RUTH A. LEAVITT
Arlington Church Member
Ruth A. Leavitt, 76, a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Arlington and the Neighbors Club of Arlington, died of cancer Nov. 5 at Arlington Hospital.
Mrs. Leavitt, who lived in Arlington, was born in Evansville, Wis. She moved to the Washington area in 1942 and worked at the Veterans Administration from then until 1945. She was an assistant clerk at the Supreme Court from 1945 until 1951.
Her husband, I. Martin Leavitt, died last month. Survivors include a sister, Janet A. Crouch of Floral Park, N.Y.