Edward Lee Hancock, 68, a member of the District's first elected school board who was instrumental in the creation of H.D. Woodson Senior High School, died Nov. 25 at Howard University Hospital. He had a kidney ailment.
Mr. Hancock, a retired master model-toolmaker for the Navy, had lived in Washington all his life, and was active in community affairs.
He served from 1969 to 1972 on the school board, and was an early advocate for construction of a high school in Ward 7, a section of Northeast Washington where high school students were bused elsewhere in the city. Woodson opened in 1971.
Mr. Hancock also was chairman of the D.C. committee that drew up the boundaries of Ward 7's Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, served on the D.C. Democratic Central Committee from 1964 to 1965, and was a scoutmaster for three decades. He received numerous community service awards.
A graduate of Armstrong Technical High School, Mr. Hancock received naval schooling at Hampton Institute and served during World War II as a Navy petty officer in the South Pacific.
He worked 43 years for the Naval Surface Weapons Center in White Oak as a master craftsman, creating models and tools for weapons before retiring in 1985.
His wife of 39 years, Annie Davis Hancock, died in 1985. Survivors include two sons, Edward Lee Hancock Jr., of Wilbraham, Mass., and John Kennedy Hancock of San Francisco; two daughters, Denise Ann Lindenwhite and Edith R. Hancock, both of Washington; his father, Robert A. Hancock, and a brother, Warren Hancock, both of Washington; and three grandchildren.
Public Health Service Employee
Richard Belt, 93, a retired administrative officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 25 at Ox Road Home in Woodstock, Va.
Mr. Belt was a lifelong resident of Washington and a graduate of McKinley High School. He served in the Army during World War I and World War II.
Between the wars he was a traveling salesman, and he worked for the Exide Storage Battery Co. in Washington and the Public Health Service. After World War II he rejoined the Public Health Service, where he worked until 1977.
He was a member of Columbia Masonic Lodge.
He leaves no immediate survivors.
FRANCIS D. McCORKLE
Navy Rear Admiral
Francis D. McCorkle, 87, a retired Navy rear admiral who participated in combat operations during World War II and the Korean War, died of heart ailments Nov. 21 at Ginger Cove Life Care Center in Annapolis.
Adm. McCorkle commanded a destroyer squadron in the Pacific during World War II, and earlier participated in escort duty for Allied shipping convoys in the Atlantic and commanded a destroyer during the Allied invasion of North Africa.
He was captain of the battleship New Jersey during the Korean War.
He was born in Mowhawk, Tenn., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1926. Before World War II, his assignments included tours aboard cruisers, destroyers and the battleship New Mexico. He also taught navigation and seamanship at the Naval Academy.
After the war, he administered the Naval Reserve Officers Training Program at Brown University, directed the seamanship and navigation program at the Naval Academy and served as commander of the Key West Naval Station. He retired from the Navy in 1960 after service in Washington, where his duties involved the inspection of newly launched ships.
His military decorations included three awards of the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star.
In retirement, Adm. McCorkle lived in Falmouth, Mass., until moving to Annapolis three years ago.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor G. McCorkle of Annapolis; a daughter, Anne G. McCorkle of Providence, R.I.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
LEONARD W. PEELER
OMB Staff Aide
Leonard Walker Peeler, 59, who retired as an administrative assistant with the Office of Management and Budget six years ago, died of cancer Nov. 25 at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in Arlington.
He served in the Army for two years, then began his civilian federal career in 1957 as an Army management analyst at the Redstone, Ala., arsenal. He came to Washington that year to work as a Treasury Department management intern and served until 1961 as a personnel, management and industrial relations specialist at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
He then held personnel, administrative and managerial positions at the Internal Revenue Service and was a senior staff assistant to the IRS assistant commissioners for administration and economic stabilization. He joined OMB in 1975 as a senior analyst for federal personnel policy.
Mr. Peeler was a native of Huntsville, Ala., and a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He did graduate work in administrative studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and at George Washington University.
He was a member of Foundry Methodist Church in Washington.
Mr. Peeler is survived by his mother, Marjorie Peeler, and his brother, Milton Booth Peeler, both of Huntsville.
JOHN W. BULLARD
John W. Bullard, 61, who since retiring from active Army duty as a colonel in 1979 had been associate dean for graduate and continuing education at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, died Nov. 23 at Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital of complications after a liver transplant.
A resident of Annandale, he was in Pittsburgh for medical treatment.
Col. Bullard was born in Waco, Tex. He joined the Army in 1946. While serving in the military he graduated from the University of Omaha, received a master's degree in history from Trinity University in San Antonio and a doctorate in public health administration and health care from American University.
His military career included two tours of duty in Germany and one in Vietnam during the war there, and service in San Antonio, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Fort Benning, Ga., and the Washington area. He had been a permanent resident of the Washington area since 1966.
Col. Bullard's work at the Uniformed Services University included oversight of the establishment of a military training network for resuscitative medicine and a graduate education program in biomedical sciences.
Survivors include his wife, Helene Bullard of Annandale; two children, Debbie Walsh of Virginia Beach and Jay Bullard of Yuma, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.
Gladys Margaret Baechle Blakley, 82, a former secretary and editorial assistant, died of cardiovascular failure Nov. 24 at Georgetown University Hospital.
Mrs. Blakley, who lived in Washington, was born in Chicago. She attended Northwestern University. Before moving to the Washington area in 1950, she worked for newspapers in Chicago.
In the 1960s and 1970s, she worked as a secretary for the Army Corps of Engineers and as an editorial assistant at several publications.
Her husband, George Robert Blakley, died in 1975. Survivors include a son, George Robert Blakley Jr. of Bryan, Tex.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
MAUREEN C. KYLE
Maureen Carol Kyle, 45, a former marketing manager for the National Association of Realtors, died of cancer Nov. 25 at Georgetown University Hospital.
She worked for the National Association of Realtors in 1985 and 1986.
Ms. Kyle, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Fargo, N.D. She graduated from the University of Nebraska and moved to the Washington area in 1982.
Survivors include her husband, Donald R. McNeil of Bethesda; her mother, Dorothy Richen of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Moira Cordova of Aloha, Ore.; and a brother, Kyle Meintzer of Hillsborough, Calif