David A. Morse, 83, a New York lawyer and former acting secretary of labor who was director general of the International Labor Organization from 1948 to 1970, died Dec. 1 at a hospital in New York City after a heart attack. He lived in Manhattan.
In 1969, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the ILO, an organization affiliated with the United Nations. The prize committee cited the ILO for its efforts to "improve stable social relations" and for its "efforts in the field of technical aid to developing nations."
The ILO was established by the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I, with the goals of promoting international justice, peace and prosperity. It became an international spokesman for the eight-hour day, improved child labor laws and maternity benefits, as well as workers' safety rules and workers' compensation.
Mr. Morse, a native of Somerville, N.J., was a 1929 graduate of Rutgers University, where he was a member of the football and debating teams. After graduating from Harvard University's law school in 1932, he came to Washington in 1933 as a lawyer in the Interior Department of the new Roosevelt administration.
He was chief counsel of Interior's Petroleum Labor Policy Board, then served for a time as a special assistant to the U.S. attorney general before becoming New York regional attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. He then practiced law in New Jersey and was an independent arbitrator of industrial disputes before entering the Army during World War II.
During the war, he served with the Army in Europe and the Mediterranean, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel and earning the Legion of Merit. By the end of the war, he was labor division chief of the Allied Military Government in Italy. He later held a similar post in Germany.
After the war, he was general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board before being named assistant secretary of labor for international affairs in June 1946. In August 1947, he was promoted to undersecretary of labor, the department's number two post. He served as acting secretary of labor upon the death of Labor Secretary Lewis B. Schwellenbach in 1948.
Mr. Morse was leading the U.S. delegation at the International Labor Conference in San Francisco in June 1948 when he was elected the ILO's director general. Unanimously reelected in 1957, 1962 and 1967, he retired in 1970 to pursue other interests. He devoted much of his time to such issues as human rights and child labor and welfare.
A mark of his effectiveness and popularity, in addition to his reelections, was the reaction of the organization when he tried to retire in 1962. Mr. Morse said he was deeply affected by the number of people asking him to stay on, especially the African members of the organization. It also was said that Mr. Morse was himself nominated for the Nobel Prize, but let it be known that he would prefer to accept the award on behalf of the ILO rather than for himself.
After finally retiring in 1970, he started his own law firm and divided his time between Washington and New York City before settling in New York about three years ago. His firm eventually merged with the firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. He was a senior partner in that firm at the time of his death.
He was a member of the Metropolitan and Cosmos clubs here.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Mildred H. Hockstader, of Manhattan.
WILLIAM 'BARNEY' COCHRANE
Judd & Detweiler Treasurer
William B. "Barney" Cochrane, 83, a retired treasurer of the Judd & Detweiler printing company in Washington who was active in professional groups, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Nov. 30 at Montgomery General Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.
Mr. Cochrane, who came here in 1916, was a native of Norfolk. He was an accounting graduate of Benjamin Franklin University. He joined Judd & Detweiler as an accountant in 1932 and retired as treasurer in 1974.
He was a past president of both the Washington chapter of the National Association of Accountants and the Washington Printing Guild. He had been chairman of the golf committee at Kenwood Country Club and was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Bethesda.
His wife, the former Elsie Brasse, died in 1989. Survivors include two daughters, Erna C. Sullivan and Claire C. Tripp, both of Bethesda; a sister, Dorothea Branson of Washington; two brothers, Robert Jones Cochrane of Rockville and Brother Aubrey Cochrane, C.F.X., of Louisville; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
DORIS P. GALLAGHER
Doris P. Gallagher, 69, a lifelong area resident who was active in volunteer groups, died Dec. 1 at her home in Silver Spring after a heart attack.
She was a founder of Montgomery County Over-Sixty Counseling and served on its executive board. She also had served on the executive committee of the Montgomery County Thrift Shop Association and on the board of the Catholic Youth Organization at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Gallagher, who was a native of Washington, was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Trinity College here. She was an economist with the embassy of the Netherlands here during World War II.
She was a member of the Northwood Women's Club in Silver Spring, the National Federation of Women's Clubs and Brooke Manor Country Club.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Joe Gallagher, who is the basketball coach at St. John's College High School and who lives in Silver Spring; two sons, A. Mark Gallagher of Silver Spring and Joseph "Jay" Gallagher Jr. of Rockville; two daughters, Joan M. DeLany of Milton, Mass., and Carol Ann Criswell of Silver Spring; and 10 grandchildren.
DAVID M. AMDUR
Businessman and Jewish Group Official
David M. Amdur, 61, a Rockville businessman who was retired public relations director of the Asssociated Jewish Charities in Baltimore, died of cancer Dec. 2 at the Washington Home Hospice. He lived in Rockville.
Since 1980, he had been president of Amdurart, a fine arts and print business he founded.
Mr. Amdur was a native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University of Miami in Florida. He served in the Army from 1948 to 1952 and was a combat veteran of the Korean War. His medals included the Bronze Star.
Before coming to Washington in 1969, he had been a Miami Herald reporter and public relations executive in Florida and had worked for a community newspaper and the United Jewish Federation in Pittsburgh.
In 1969 and 1970, he was an assistant director of the Jewish Community Council of Washington. He then spent three years in Florida and Georgia before returning here in 1973. After a year with the United Jewish Federation in Washington, where he was campaign director, he joined the Associated Jewish Charities in Baltimore in 1974. He retired from that organization in 1980.
Survivors include his wife, Eila, and a son, Daniel Micah Amdur, both of Rockville.
JOSEPH E. JONES
Joseph Edward Jones, 85, general agent here for Mutual and United of Omaha Insurance Co. since 1937, died Nov. 29 of congestive heart failure at his home in Washington.
Mr. Jones, who had lived in Washington since 1936, was instrumental in implementing early group life, health and disability plans for government employees, including the intelligence community, and labor unions here in the 1940s.
He was a native of Des Moines and graduate of Drake University. He began his insurance career in Des Moines in 1927.
Mr. Jones was a major contributor toward construction of a new building for the National Presbyterian School in Washington. It was dedicated last year.
He belonged to the University Club, the Army and Navy Club, the Army Navy Country Club, the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club and the Capitol Hill Club. He also maintained homes in West River, Md., and Key Biscayne, Fla.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Marjorie B. Jones of Washington, and his sister, Priscilla Trow of Arlington.
PHILIP E. GRAY
Philip E. Gray, 81, a retired owner of the Waldorf Shopping Mall at Route 5 and Route 301 in Waldorf who also had owned the Lexington Park Hotel in Lexington Park, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 29 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Gray was born in Kelford, N.C. He grew up in Isle of Wight, Va., and Hopewell, Va. He graduated from Virignia Tech.
In 1945, he moved to Lexington Park in St. Mary's County, Md. He bought a building from the Navy and converted it into the Lexington Park Hotel. He sold it in the late 1960s, by which time he had built the Waldorf Shopping Center. He sold that business about a year ago.
Mr. Gray was a member of the Chevy Chase Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He had lived in Washington since 1968.
His marriage to Margaret Wallace Gray ended in divorce.
Survivors include two children, Dr. David M. Gray of Hungtington Beach, Calif., and Mary Lynn Wooodburn of Studley, Va.; a brother, William W. Gray of Petersburg, Va.; seven grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
EDYTHE S. GLAZER
Edythe S. Glazer, 71, a government secretary for 43 years, died Nov. 23 at Washington Hospital Center of complications after heart surgery. She lived in Alexandria.
Mrs. Glazer moved here from Newport News, Va., 24 years ago to work for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and continued with its successor agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, until her retirement last year. Much of her career there was with the former Office of Rehabilitative Services.
Mrs. Glazer, a native of Philadelphia, worked for the Veterans Administration in Tidewater before moving here. She had bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of the District of Columbia.
She was active in the American Federation of Government Employees, and belonged to Adath Jeshurun synagogue in Newport News.
Her marriage to Morris Glazer ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, Ralph R. Glazer of Centreville and Marc J. Glazer of Atlanta; two sisters, Dorothy Snyder of Newport News, and Irene Sklar of Philadelphia; and three granddaughters.