DANIEL E. O'SULLIVAN
Life Insurance Executive
Daniel E. O'Sullivan, 61, president and chief executive officer of the Union Labor Life Insurance Co., a Washington-based, union-owned concern, died Nov. 25 at Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in McLean.
He joined Union Labor Life in the late 1940s in New York City. From 1953 to 1964, he was head of its western division in San Francisco. He then returned to New York as vice president and assistant to the president. He was named senior vice president in 1969 and executive vice president in 1970.
He became president in 1979, and came to the Washington area in 1983 when the company moved its national offices to the District. He was named chief executive officer in 1984. The company has assets of more than $2 billion and more than 1,500 employees in 44 offices across the country.
Mr. O'Sullivan, who was born in the Bronx, N.Y., was a 1948 graduate of Fordham University. He served in the Army in the early 1950s.
He served on the board of the Washington chapter of the American Diabetes Association, was a director of the Fordham Alumni Association of Washington and a lector at St. Luke's Catholic Church in McLean.
He was co-chairman of the 1990 annual Brotherhood Citation Dinner of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He was a member of the D.C. Friends of Ireland.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary, of McLean; a son, David Brendan O'Sullivan of New York City; and two daughters, Nora Elizabeth O'Sullivan of Washington and Julie Rose O'Sullivan of New York City.
NOVELLA M. PORTER
Novella M. Porter, 84, a past president of the AFL-CIO National Auxiliaries, an organization for the spouses of AFL-CIO employees, died of cancer Nov. 23 at her home in Citrus Springs, Fla.
Mrs. Porter lived in Hyattsville until moving to Florida in 1975. She was born in Mildred, Kan., and moved to the Washington area in 1942. She worked in the civilian claims division of the Marine Corps until 1952, when she joined the Joseph R. Little real estate agency in Wheaton. She remained there until 1966. She was elected vice president of the AFL-CIO National Auxiliary in 1966, secretary-treasurer in 1968 and president in 1971. She retired in 1975.
Her first husband, Edward Cook, died in 1942. Her second husband, Donald K. Porter, died in 1974.
Survivors include two children by her first marriage, Herbert G. Cook of Silver Spring and Margaret Johnson of Tampa; a sister, Alma Milford of Citrus Springs; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
JOSEPH F. LUSCZC
Joseph Francis Lusczc, 71, a self-employed printer who operated his own business in Southeast Washington from 1946 until retiring and closing it in 1980, died Nov. 21 at his home in Temple Hills. He had cancer.
He was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Washington, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Mr. Lusczc, who settled here in 1946, was a native of Utica, N.Y. He served with the Army in Europe during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Mabel, of Temple Hills; a son, Joseph Jr., of Manassas; five daughters, Veda Dwyer of Rockville, Dr. Mary Lusczc of Adelaide, Australia, Jo Anne Bland of Leesburg, Patricia Cox Puzak of Annapolis, and Carol Luszcz of Silver Spring; two brothers, Alexander Luszcz of Jacksonville, Fla., and Francis Lushe of Arlington; and two sisters, Anne Cronauer of Utica and Rosemary Carter of Arlington.
FREDERICK D. VOGEL
Navy Department Engineer
Frederick D. Vogel, 62, a retired Navy Department mechanical engineer and lifelong area resident, died Nov. 23 at his home in Falls Church. He had brain tumors.
Mr. Vogel began his Navy career with the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in 1955. He worked there in the vibration test and design group on anti-submarine missiles and weapons-testing equipment.
In 1966, he transferred to the Naval Sea Systems Command, where he was a radar project engineer in the surface missile systems program. He retired for health reasons in 1979.
In addition to his government work, he also was active in private business from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s. He had been president of Conquistador Ltd., an art import concern, and president of a firm that ran rental car operations at several small airports, including Gaithersburg's.
Mr. Vogel was a native of Washington and a graduate of Coolidge High School. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1954 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He served in the Marine Corps in this country at the end of World War II and was an Air Force officer for a time in the mid-1950s.
Mr. Vogel was a life member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Takoma Park and attended St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in McLean. He had been active in PTA and Scout groups in Fairfax County. He was a licensed pilot.
Survivors include his wife, the former Helen Louise Wilbur, whom he married in 1967, two sons, Frederick Saxon and Harry Landis Vogel, and a daughter, Martha Elise Vogel, all of Falls Church; two brothers, William A., of Columbia, and Richard H., of Johnson City, Tenn.; and a sister, Mary V. Farley of Takoma Park.
Agriculture Dept. Official
Franklin Thackrey, 79, a retired Agriculture Department information official who had been active in civic groups in Falls Church, died Nov. 24 at his home in Falls Church after a heart attack.
Mr. Thackrey worked with Agriculture for 33 years before retiring in 1974 as information director of its consumer and marketing division.
He was chairman of the committee that developed the original city charter for Falls Church. His work with the Citizens for a Better Council helped the city get a 1961 "All-American" city award. He also had served on the board of the City of Falls Church Library.
Mr. Thackrey, who came here in 1941, was a native of Kansas City, Kan. He was a graduate of Kansas State University, where he also received a master's degree in journalism.
He was a member of the Falls Church Episcopal Church, the Agriculture Communicators in Education and Sigma Delta Chi, the journalism society.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jessie Thackrey, and two sons, Kent and Keith Thackrey, all of Falls Church; three daughters, Janet Daugherty of San Diego, Maureen Lischke of Lorton and Sue Thackrey of Nashville; seven grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.