The obituary Tuesday of Nimer S. Wahby included an incorrect name of one of his affiliations, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and an incorrect residence for his sister, Ellen Khoury of Nablus, West Bank. (Published 11/16/90)



Real Estate Broker

Nimer S. Wahby, 68, a commercial real estate broker who specialized in assemblage of land in downtown Washington, died Nov. 10 at Suburban Hospital after a heart attack.

A native of Haifa in what was then Palestine, he came to this country 40 years ago to live in Washington.

He became active here with the National Association of Arab Americans and the Anti-Arab Discrimation Committee.

Mr. Wahby, who studied physiology at the American University of Beirut, worked in Beirut for an oil company and then was employed from 1952 to 1960 as a translator at the Army Map Service.

He started his own company, N.S. Wahby Realty Inc., in 1961. Among other transactions, he handled the sale of land for the Vista Hotel in downtown Washington.

Mr. Wahby, who lived in Chevy Chase, was a member of St. George Syrian Orthodox Church in Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Grace, of Chevy Chase; two sons, Victor, of Alexandria, and Robert, of New York City; two brothers, Maroon and George, both of Beruit; and two sisters, Ellen Khoury, of Nablus, Israel, and Violet Shahla of Beruit.


Auditor and Deaconess

Lorene S. Howard, 88, a former auditor with the Agriculture Department's Bureau of Animal Husbandry and the National Institutes of Health and a deaconess at North Chevy Chase Christian Church, died Nov. 5 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.

Mrs. Howard, who lived in Washington, was born in St. Louis. She moved to the Washington area as a child and graduated from Central High School.

From the 1920s to the 1940s she worked in the bookkeeping department of the American Red Cross. In that period she also did volunteer work for the Red Cross Canteen Corps. She worked at the Bureau of Animal Husbandry and NIH in the 1940s and 1950s.

From 1959 to 1966, she worked with her daughter, Esther L. Huriaux, in a Bethesda-based real estate brokerage, Huriaux Real Estate.

Mrs. Howard was a founding member of North Chevy Chase Christian Church and a member of the Chevy Chase Woman's Club.

In addition to her daughter, of Chevy Chase, survivors include four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Railway Executive

Haviland Hobbs, 85, a retired assistant vice president of the Southern Railway System and a nationally known square dance caller, died Nov. 11 at Anne Arundel General Hospital after a stroke. A former resident of Chevy Chase, he had lived in Annapolis since 1983.

Mr. Hobbs worked for the Southern Railway, now the Norfolk Southern, for 44 years, starting as a stenographer when he was working toward his law degree at George Washington University Law School.

He worked in the railway's accounting, real estate and traffic departments before being named assistant vice president in the finance department in the early 1960s. There, he was in charge of real estate and insurance operations, managing land along the railroad's right of way in the South.

Mr. Hobbs, a native of Philadelphia, retired from the railroad company in 1967. He continued in another activity that had held his interest since the 1940s, square-dance calling.

He was nationally known as a caller, and was featured a number of times at the national square dance festival in Texas.

In this area, he called dances for about a dozen groups, including one organized by employees of the Public Health Service.

Mr. Hobbs was a founder in the early 1950s of the National Capital Area Square Dance Leaders Association and taught classes in dance calling.

He was an elder of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Hobbs is survived by his wife, Marguerite; a son, Robert, of Vernon, Conn.; three brothers, Harold, of Bethesda, Alfred, of Middleton, Md., and Victor, of Henrico, N.C.; and three sisters, Violet Hain of Kensington, Eva Lustad of Bethesda and Edith Coiner of Newville, Pa.


Defense Department Employee

Harry S Levy, 65, a retired employee of the Defense Department who specialized in helping communities adjust to the opening or closing of a military base, died of emphysema Nov. 9 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mr. Levy, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Augusta, Ga. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and graduated from the University of Georgia.

From 1952 to 1962, he worked in Germany for the Department of the Air Force and the Army Corps of Engineers. He specialized in the acquisition of property.

He moved to the Washington area in 1962 and worked here for the Department of the Air Force and for the Office of Economic Adjustment of the Defense Department. He retired two years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Anneli M. Levy of Bethesda; three children, Claudia Elizabeth Qualls of Baltimore, Victor H. Levy of Silver Spring and Marion S. Levy of Washington; two brothers, Victor Levy of Miami and Jean Levy of Atlanta; and one granddaughter.


CIA Branch Chief

Gail Kathryn Petersen, 44, a Central Intelligence Agency information retrieval specialist and branch chief, died of cancer Nov. 9 at her home in Sterling.

Miss Petersen, who was a branch chief in the Intelligence Directorate's information resources office, worked for the agency from 1964 to 1969 and again from 1972 until her death.

She was a 1988 recipient of the agency's exceptional accomplishment award. She was presented with the Intelligence Medal of Merit in October.

Miss Petersen was born in Kenosha, Wis., and grew up in South Dakota. She came here in 1964.

She was a Washington Redskins fan and had played shortstop on an agency softball team.

Survivors include a brother, Kent Petersen of Madison, S.D.; and four sisters, Sue Floyd of Remington, Va., Peg Lueder of Cadillac, Mich., Dawn Schaben of Sterling and Shelly Beck of Winfred, S.D.



Herbert A. Fine, 74, a retired State Department historian, died of pneumonia Nov. 9 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Fine, who lived in Takoma Park, was born in New York City. He graduated from Brooklyn College and received a master's degree in history at Columbia University.

He moved to the Washington area and began working for the National Archives. After World War II he worked in the Office of Alien Property until 1952, when he joined the State Department.

His duties there involved helping to write the official version of the diplomatic history of the United States. Mr. Fine specialized in Middle East diplomacy. He retired in 1974.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Helen Fine of Takoma Park; two sons, Andrew Fine of Newhall, Calif., and Michael Fine of Richmond; and three grandchildren.


Fish Wholesaler

Harry Casper, 83, a longtime fish wholesaler and retailer who had lived in this area since 1930, died of pneumonia Nov. 7 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville. He had several strokes.

Mr. Casper, who lived in Potomac, was born in Boston and came here in 1930. That year, he joined the seafood business of Max Zoltrow, who sold live seafood.

He took over the business, New York Live Fish, at the Florida Avenue Market in 1950 and operated it until retiring about 1984.

His wife, Shirley, died in 1985. Survivors include two sons, Barry, of Potomac, and Morris, of Silver Spring; and six grandchildren.


Mortgage Loan Specialist

Marie Williams Denney, 62, a mortgage loan specialist, died of a heart attack Nov. 7 at a motel in Brattleboro, Vt. A resident of Churchton, she was on a business trip when stricken.

Mrs. Denney was born in Baltimore and moved to this area as a child. She graduated from what then was the Institute of Notre Dame.

In the late 1940s she worked at the Prince George's Bank & Trust Co. in Hyattsville. From 1969 to 1977 she was a mortgage loan officer and then a real estate sales representative for William C. Levitt Co. in Bowie.

Later she worked for a variety of mortgage loan companies, both in this area and in Clearwater, Fla., where she lived from 1984 until three months ago.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Denney was working for P.C. Services of Houston. She specialized in helping banks and savings institutions identify and correct deficiencies in loan portfolios.

Mrs. Denney was a member of St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Hyattsville.

Her marriage to E. Guy Denney ended in divorce.

Survivors include seven children, Guy J. Denney and Stephen B. Denney, both of Churchton, Kevin W. Denney of Bowie, James P. Denney of Baltimore, Joseph Denney and John F. Denney, both of Clearwater, and Marie A. Ryder of Pasadena, Md.; three brothers, H. Kenneth Williams of Greenbelt, Edward A. Williams of Laurel and W. Earl Williams of Clearwater; and 11 grandchildren.


Church Member

Lucy Bowler Patton, 92, an area resident since 1916 who was a member of Palisades Community Church in Washington, died Nov. 10 in Fairfax at the Commonwealth Care nursing home, where she had lived the past two years. She had congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Patton, who lived in Washington before entering the nursing home, was a native of Stafford County, Va. From about 1916 to the early 1920s, she had been a secretary with the Southern Railway here.

Her husband of 49 years, Orion H. Patton, died in 1970. Survivors include a son, Richard, of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Pepco Employee

Octavius Byrum, 76, a retired Pepco generator operator, died of cancer Nov. 10 at Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Byrum was a lifelong resident of Washington. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He retired from Pepco in 1981 after 40 years with the company.

Survivors include a brother, Peter Byrum of Solano Beach, Calif.; and two sisters, Florence Louise Cudmore of Silver Spring and Emma L. Weaver of Cobb Island, Md.


Government Worker

Ida Brown Smith, 82, a former D.C. school board and State Department clerk who also had owned and operated an automatic laundry, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 8 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Rockville.

Mrs. Smith, who was born in New York City, came here in the late 1920s. She was a volunteer Red Cross ambulance driver here during World War II. She owned and operated the Ace Automatic Laundry in Southeast Washington in the mid-1950s. She worked for the school board in the early 1960s and for the State Department's passport division in the late 1960s.

Her husband, Harry Smith, died in 1976. Survivors include a son, Stanley S. Smith of Kensington; two daughters, Lucille V. Harris of Florida and Alberta L. Marks of Silver Spring; a brother, Kent Brown of Florida; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Sunday School Teacher

Madeline E. Dunmire, 93, a Sunday school teacher for 40 years at Capitol Hill Metropolitan Baptist Church, died of sepsis Nov. 10 at Washington Hospital Center.

Mrs. Dunmire, who lived in Washington, was born in Davis, N.C. She attended Eastern Carolina Teachers College and taught school in North Carolina before moving to Washington after her marriage in 1918 to Stewart Lee Baker. He died in 1946.

She was a former chairman of the board of the D.C. Baptist Home for Children. She was a member of Columbia Country Club.

In 1948, she married Roy F. Dunmire. He died in 1964.

Survivors include a son, retired Army Col. Stewart L. Baker Jr. of Adelphi; two sisters; two brothers; and three grandchildren.



Edwin W. Kaler, 84, a retired fund-raiser for George Mason Univeristy and a former Washington lobbyist, died Nov. 9 at Fairfax Nursing Center after a stroke.

Mr. Kaler, who lived in McLean, was born in Ridgefield Park, N.J. He graduated from New York University.

From the late 1930s until the end of World War II he was district sales manager in Meadville, Pa., for the Talon Zipper and Shield Co.

In that job he worked with the U.S. military on ways to replace buttons with zippers on military uniforms and equipment.

Later Mr. Kaler was vice president of United Board and Carton Co. in Syracuse, N.Y. Then in the early 1950s, he moved to Washington as a lobbyist for Waterman Steamship Co. That company closed in 1963, and Mr. Kaler moved to New York, where he was vice president of the Frederick Chusid Co., an executive placement service.

He returned to this area two years later. He was a fund-raiser at George Mason University from 1974 to 1976.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Norma F. Kaler of McLean; a son, Edwin W. Kaler Jr. of Hinsdale, Ill.; and three grandchildren.