J. Owen Zurhellen Jr., 70, a retired Foreign Service officer who had served as the first U.S. ambassador to Suriname and as an arms control official, died of cancer Nov. 5 at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y.
Mr. Zurhellen served in the Foreign Service from 1946 until he retired in 1978. He was fluent in Japanese, and his career included several consular and political assignments in Japan.
After retiring from the Foreign Service, he served as deputy director of the Foreign Policy Association in New York and later as a member of the political science faculty at Manhattanville College until retiring again last May.
A resident of Putnam Valley, N.Y., Mr. Zurhellen was born in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University, then joined the Navy during World War II and studied Japanese for a year. Later he served in the Marine Corps and participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima.
His early years in the State Department included further study of Japanese at Yale and Harvard and duty as consul general in Yokohama, Japan, and as a political officer in Tokyo.
He graduated from the National War College in 1960, then served as acting consul general in Munich. He returned to Japan in 1962 as special assistant to Ambassador Edwin O. Reischauer, then served as consul general in Osaka and Kobe and as a political officer in Tokyo.
From 1968 to 1973, Mr. Zurhellen was deputy chief of mission in Israel, then from 1973 to 1976 was assistant secretary of state for East Asian affairs and deputy director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. In this capacity he shared responsibility for the conduct of Strategic Arms Limitations Talks with the Soviet Union and other arms control negotiations.
He was named the first U.S. ambassador to Suriname in 1976.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Helen Zurhellen of Putnam Valley; five children, J. Owen Zurhellen III of Yonkers, N.Y., Robert Zurhellen of Placentia, Calif., Stephanie Hepburn of Urbana, Ill., William Zurhellen and David Zurhellen, both of Putnam Valley; two brothers, Edward Zurhellen of Norwalk, Conn., and Henry Zurhellen of Memphis; and 11 grandchildren.
CLARK GILBERT MYERS
Clark Gilbert Myers, 60, a retired CIA operations officer and a retired lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve, died Nov. 5 at his home in Moultonboro, N.H., after a heart attack.
Mr. Myers was born in Cambridge, Mass., and moved to Washington about 1935. He attended St. Albans School and graduated cum laude from Princeton University.
He served in the Navy from 1951 to 1956 and attained the rank of lieutenant commander. He retired from the Naval Reserve in the late 1970s.
Mr. Myers joined the CIA in 1956. He was a Soviet and Eastern European specialist and had overseas assignments in Europe and Asia. At his retirement in 1980, he was awarded the career intelligence medal.
He moved to New Hampshire in 1982.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Suzita Elizabeth Cecil Myers of Moultonboro; three children, Diana K. Myers of McLean, Clark C. Myers of Milwaukee and Christopher R. Myers of Snowmass, Colo.; his father, Gilbert Barlow Myers and his stepmother, Wilma Dahlquist Myers of San Pedro, Calif.; and three brothers, Lyman A. Myers of Vinita, Okla., Gilbert B. Myers Jr. of La Jolla, Calif., and R. Fraser Myers of Lakewood, Ohio.
GRACE S.L. CHI
IRS Revenue Agent
Grace S.L. Chi, 59, a revenue agent for the Internal Revenue Service in Washington and a member of Chinese Bible Church in College Park, was killed Oct. 30 when she was struck by two cars in Riverdale. She was declared dead at the scene.
A spokesman for the Riverdale Police said that Mrs. Chi was crossing Baltimore Avenue near Underwood Street when she was struck by a car. The impact threw her into the path of a second car, which struck her and left, while the first car remained at the scene, police said. The accident is under investigation, the spokesman said.
Mrs. Chi, who lived in University Park, was a native of mainland China. She graduated from National Taiwan University. She came to the United States and settled in Texas in 1964. She received a master's degree in accounting from Texas Christian University in 1972. She moved to New York City a year later and joined the IRS as a revenue agent there. She transferred to Washington in 1980.
Survivors include her husband, Ruey K. Chi of University Park; a daughter, Linda T. Chi of Old Greenwich, Conn.; her mother, F.J. Hu of New York City; two brothers, James Hu of Tarrytown, N.Y., and Henry Hu of Newark, Del.; and a sister, Shi-Ming Hu of Stony Brook, N.Y.
JOSEPH J. SLIFKA
Secret Service Officer
Joseph J. Slifka, 75, a retired sergeant with the uniformed division of the Secret Service, died Oct. 27 at a hospital in Pottsville, Pa., after a heart attack.
Mr. Slifka was a native of Pennsylvania and lived in Pottsville. He came to the Washington area in 1936 as a clerk at the Government Printing Office. He graduated from Strayer Business College with a degree in accounting.
In 1941, he joined the D.C. police department as a patrol officer. He went to the Secret Service in 1955. He was a security guard at the White House from the early 1960s until he retired in 1971.
He moved to Pennsylvania from Hyattsville in 1984.
His marriage to Anne Fredette Slifka ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Anna M. Slifka of Pottsville; a daughter by his first marriage, Joanne Porter of New Port Richey, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Anna Marie Melnick of Pottsville; a brother, Frank Slifka of Minersville, Pa.; three half-brothers, Stanley Poslofky of Minersville, Thomas Poslofky of St. Claire, Pa., and John Poslofky of Blackwood, N.J.; three half-sisters, Mary Kraft of Taneytown, Md., Julie Vinansky of St. Claire and Anna Honyara of Buck Run, Pa; and six grandchildren.