The obituary yesterday of David J. Galvin, a retired Patent Office official, should have said he was a supervisory patent examiner. His age also was a misstated. He was 88. (Published 12/7/90)
Charles Edward Fields, 71, retired principal of Lincoln Junior High School in Washington, died of kidney failure and cardiac arrest Dec. 3 at George Washington University Hospital.
Mr. Fields, a lifelong resident of Washington, retired from Lincoln in 1974, after five years as its principal and 32 years as an educator. He joined the D.C. public school system in 1950 as a physical education teacher at Douglass Junior High School, and served as a counselor at Francis Junior High School and an assistant principal at Garnet-Patterson Junior High School in the mid-1960s before his appointment at Lincoln.
During that last assignment, he also taught education at the old Miner Teachers College.
A graduate of Armstrong High School, Mr. Fields received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Howard University in 1948 and a master's degree in administration from New York University in 1957.
He served in the Army in Europe in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.
After he retired from the school system and until about 1982, Mr. Fields was a part-time tax consultant, instructor and manager for the H&R Block tax service. He continued as a volunteer tax consultant for the American Association of Retired Persons until recently.
Mr. Fields was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church and director of its Boy Scout program, past president of the Dupont Park Civic Association and a board member of the Columbia Heights Boys Club.
He also belonged to the Secondary School Principals Association, the M Club of Miner Teachers College, a former assistant principals' group called the APs, the Iverson Mall Walkers, the Douglass Junior High Faculty Retirees Club and the Triangle Neighborhood Club.
His marriage to Doris Fields ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Gwendolyn S. Fields of Washington; a stepson, Reginald I. Banks of Wilmington, Del.; a sister, Bertha Flakes of Waterbury, Conn.; and a grandson.
FLOYD H. BUTLER JR.
Marine Corps Major
Floyd H. Butler Jr., 73, a retired Marine Corps major who had lived in the Washington area since the mid-1960s, died Nov. 28 at Fairfax Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Fairfax.
Maj. Butler was born in Arkansas and grew up in Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University. He entered the Marine Corps during World War II, serving as an enlisted man in the Pacific. He was commissioned in 1946 and was a maintenance officer at Quantico and Corps headquarters here before retiring from active duty in 1964.
Afterward, he was a refrigeration engineer with Page Communications and the Marriott Corp. before working as an assistant engineer at Mount Vernon Hospital from 1980 to 1985. After that, he worked part-time as a clerk with Peoples Drug Stores.
He was a member of the Retired Officers Association.
His marriage to Josephine Butler ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, and a stepson, William Ramsey, both of Fairfax; a sister, Betty Irby of Orlando, Fla.; and a stepgrandson.
DAVID J. GALVIN
Patent Office Official
David J. Galvin, 77, a retired Patent Office examiner and patent lawyer who also had engaged in the private practice of law, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 30 at his home in Washington.
He worked for the Patent Office from 1925 to 1957, then practiced law until returning to the office in 1963. After retiring from the government in 1968, he practiced law again in Washington until retiring a second time about three years ago.
Mr. Galvin, who was born in Poland, came to this country at an early age. He grew up in New York and Cleveland and moved here in 1925. He received a degree in electrical engineering at what is now Case Western Reserve University and a law degree at American University.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Rose, of Washington; two daughters, Merle Cantor of Potomac and Diana Rubin of Bowie; a brother, Morris, of Cleveland; a sister, Sarah Weiser of Miami, Fla.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
BELVA LEE BROWN BRISSETT
Belva Lee Brown Brissett, 49, a senior vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters since 1976, died of cancer Dec. 2 at George Washington University Medical Center.
Mrs. Brissett, who lived in Washington, was born in Holdenville, Okla. She attended a business school in Tulsa and Central State College in Edmond, Okla.
In 1964, she moved to Washington to work for the late Sen. A.S. Mike Monroney (D-Okla.). She remained on his staff until 1970, when she became a legal secretary with a Washington law firm. She later returned to Capitol Hill to work for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. She stayed there until beginning her career with the NAB.
Mrs. Brissett was a member of American Women in Radio and Television, the Reach to Recovery program of the American Cancer Society and the Zion Baptist Church in Washington, where she founded the Youth Christian Leadership Council.
Her marriage to Shakespear Brissett ended in divorce.
Survivors include two daughters, Monica Angelique Brissett and Melanie Adrianne Brissett, both of Washington; her mother, Helen Brown of Oklahoma City; three sisters, Willie Joyne Webb and Margaret Brady, both of Oklahoma City, and Zora Brown of Washington; four brothers, Bill, Leonard and Floyd Brown, all of Oklahoma City, and Kenneth Brown of Washington, and a grandmother, Vasie Brown of Holdenville.
Kenneth Harvey, 39, a former Washington cabaret singer and entertainer and special events consultant, died Dec. 4 at his home in Ocean Springs, Miss. He had AIDS.
Mr. Harvey was born in Ocean Springs and graduated from the University of Alabama.
He came to Washington as an entertainer for the first Reagan inauguration in 1981, then worked as a singer and piano player at Numbers restaurant. Later he played and sang in Texas, then returned to Washington, where he was a cabaret singer and entertainer at Mel Krupin's restaurant from 1981 until it closed in 1988.
From 1985 to 1987, he was a creative and special events consultant to Susan Davis Events Group.
In 1988 and 1989 Mr. Harvey was a partner in Special Arrangements, a floral and special events consulting organization.
He returned to Mississippi in 1989.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Harvey, and two brothers, Philip and Bill Harvey, all of Ocean Springs.