John J. McDermott, 86, a retired general contractor who was a past president of the D.C. chapter of the Master Builders Association and the Washington Building Congress, died of cancer Nov. 24 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mr. McDermott, a resident of Rockville, was born in New York City. He attended Columbia University and then went into the construction industry.
He joined Irons & Reynolds Inc., a general contracting firm, in New York in the late 1930s and was transferred to Washington in 1942. He became executive vice president of the company and remained with it until 1964.
Projects on which Irons & Reynolds worked in that period included Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, the fine arts and physical education buildings at Mary Washington College in Frederickburg, Va., and the Ira Aldridge Theater at Howard University.
In 1964, Mr. McDermott and Mildred Middlekauff founded McDermott Associates, a general contracting firm. Mr. McDermott was active in it until 1975, when he retired.
Mr. McDermott was chairman of the building committee of what is now called the Greater Southeast Community Hospital. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockville and the Congressional Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Kathryn McDermott, whom he married in 1930, of Rockville; two daughters, Carol Cavanaugh of Chevy Chase and Eileen Beall of Concord, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
JOHN F. REYNOLDS JR.
D.C. Police Captain
John F. Reynolds Jr., 70, a retired D.C. police captain who worked in the traffic division, died Nov. 23 at Washington Adventist Hospital. He had kidney failure and congestive heart failure.
Capt. Reynolds served 22 years on the force before retiring in 1969. He retired after being wounded during a highly publicized shootout. He was one of four officers wounded in February 1969 when a man barricaded himself in his house in the 1400 block of Madison Street NW with two hostages and a shotgun.
The gunman killed the hostages and shot himself after an hourlong siege, during which he held 75 police officers at bay. Capt. Reynolds lost sight in his left eye, which was hit by shotgun pellets.
Capt. Reynolds was a Washington native and Navy veteran of World War II. During his years with the D.C. police, he worked out of the 1st, 9th, 11th and 12th precincts. He had been a uniformed officer and an internal affairs investigator. He was serving in the traffic division when he retired.
He was a resident of Greenbelt and served as president, chief, trustee and life member of the Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of Greenbelt American Legion Post No. 136.
His first wife, Mercedes Reynolds, died in 1978. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Reynolds of Greenbelt; four daughters by his first marriage, Delores Ulrich of Ashburn, Va., Margaret Ingwersen of College Park and Grace Harris and Maria Giampetroni, both of Silver Spring; two stepchildren, Faith Palmerton of Greenbelt and Matthew Palmerton of Mount Airy; his mother, Gertrude Reynolds of Hyattsville; a sister, Marion Anderson of Rockville; and eight grandchildren.
A.W. "BILL" PERIGARD
Contel ASC President
A.W. "Bill" Perigard, 52, president of Contel ASC, a Rockville-based satellite and data communications organization, died Nov. 21 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had scleroderma, a vascular disorder.
Mr. Perigard, who lived in McLean, came here in 1972 and spent the next six years with Fairchild space and electronics, where he was operations director. He joined COMSAT in 1978, where he became head of its current technology products unit. He joined Contel ASC in 1987 and was named president the following year.
He also had served on Virginia Gov. Charles Robb's task force on science and technology and Virginia Gov. Gerald Baliles' advisory board on revenue estimates. He had served on the boards of the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology, the Fairfax County Council of the Arts and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Perigard was a native of Rhode Island. He received a chemistry degree from the University of Rhode Island and a master's degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University. Before moving here, he had been an executive with Grumman aircraft in Long Island.
His marriage to Sally Perigard ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys, of McLean; four sons by his first marriage, Michael, of Silver Spring, Stephen, of Richmond, Gregory, of McLean, and Douglas, of Germantown, Md.; two stepchildren, Don Woods of Silver Spring and Stephanie Woods of McLean; and a sister, Ann Brennan of North Kingstown, R.I.
Labor Department Official
Herbert Raskin, 73, a retired Labor Department official who was active in civic and volunteer groups, died Nov. 23 at George Washington University Hospital. He had cancer.
Mr. Raskin was a native of New York City and graduate of the City College of New York. He received a law degree at New York University and a master's degree in tax law at George Washington University.
He came here about 1940 and worked for the Census Bureau before entering the Army. He served in Europe during World War II and with occupation forces for a time after the war.
He then returned to the government here, working for the Treasury Department and as a lawyer with the Internal Revenue Service before transferring to the Labor Department in the early 1960s. He retired in 1980 as director of the interpretation branch of Labor's Office of Labor Management Standards.
Mr. Raskin was a past president of both the Bannockburn Civic Association in Bethesda and the Washington chapter of the City College of New York alumni organization. He was a member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Jewish Community Group. He had done legal volunteer work for the elderly and had done volunteer work for Meals-on-Wheels.
His wife, Rosalind Raskin, died in 1977. Survivors include his companion, Claire Weinberg of Bethesda; three children by his marriage, Allan Raskin of Providence, R.I., Sally Munoz of Toledo, Spain, and Edith Raskin of Brookline, Mass.; a brother, Leon, of Bethpage, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.
MARY E. BRADEMAN
Animal Rights Activist
Mary Eleanor Brademan, 73, a deputy director and member of the board of directors of the Washington Humane Society and a founder of its "animalport" at National Airport, a facility for the care of animals in transit, died of cancer Nov. 14 at her home in Alexandria.
Mrs. Brademan also was a member of the board of the Alexandria Animal Welfare League and a charter member of the Virginia Citizens Against Animal Abuse and Northern Virginia for Animals.
She helped set up the "animalport" in the early 1970s, and she testified on Capitol Hill in behalf of the 1976 amendments to the federal Animal Welfare Act regarding the interstate transportation of animals.
In June 1988, she called the attention of authorities to the plight of three truckloads of animals, including a baby elephant, ostriches and a rhinoceros, that had been left in a shopping center parking lot in Fairfax. The temperature in the trucks was more than 100 degrees.
The animals were impounded and eventually most were adopted. The original owners, a Florida-based company called Wonder Zoo, were fined $12,000 by the Department of Agriculture and prohibited for 15 years from doing any business that would require a license under the Animal Welfare Act.
Mrs. Brademan was born in San Francisco. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1950, she married Royce A. Brademan Sr., a Navy officer who retired as a captain.
She accompanied him to various stations in this country and also to Canada, Japan and Italy. In Japan and Italy, she was active as a Girl Scout leader. The family settled in the Washington area in 1971.
Mrs. Brademan received an award for her work from the Animal (Legal) Protection Association of America Inc., of which she was a member.
In addition to her husband, of Alexandria, survivors include two children, Victoria Brademan of New York City and Royce A. Brademan Jr. of Alexandria.