A. Marvin Gibbons, 63, a businessman who was a past president of the Maryland State Firemen's Association and past chairman of the Montgomery County Fire Board, died Dec. 13 at a hospital in Pompano Beach, Fla., after a heart attack. He lived in Lighthouse Point, Fla.
Mr. Gibbons, who moved to Florida about five years ago, maintained homes in Columbia and Ocean City, Md. He joined the Walter E. Campbell Co., a Beltsville insulation and supply firm, in 1946. After serving as chief of the company, he gave up day-to-day direction about six years ago and was board chairman at the time of his death.
A member of the Hillandale Volunteer Fire Department since 1948, he was its chief from 1956 to 1972. He was a former chairman of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Association. He was named 1961 Montgomery County Fireman of the Year and was the recipient of a 1990 award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for his work in helping to erect a monument to fallen firefighters at the National Fire Academy at Emmitsburg, Md.
Mr. Gibbons was a native of Washington and graduate of Anacostia High School. He served with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a charter member of Heroes Inc.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Mary Ann Campbell, of Lighthouse Point; two sons, Michael, of Highland, and A. Marvin III, of Ellicott City; a sister, Katharine Burroughs of Fort Washington; and four grandchildren.
ZANE G. BREWER
Air Force Colonel
Zane G. Brewer, 70, a retired Air Force colonel who later sold real estate with Coldwell Banker, died of a pulmonary embolism Dec. 14 at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base.
Col. Brewer was born in Childress, Tex., and graduated from Texas Technical University. He began his military career in the Army Air Forces in 1942 and served as a bomber pilot and instructor during World War II.
After the war, he received a master's degree in education at Texas Tech, then served in Fort Worth as supervisor of vocational education for the Texas State Board of Education until 1951, when he was recalled to active duty with the Air Force.
He served at various locations in the United States, and in Germany and the Philippines before retiring in 1974 as chief of the plans, programs and resources division of the Air Force reserve program.
On retiring from the Air Force, Col. Brewer became a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker. He specialized in Northern Virginia real estate and received the company's top producer award from 1986 to 1989. He was a life member of the Million Dollar Club.
Col. Brewer lived in Alexandria and had been a resident of the Washington area since 1963.
He was a deacon and chairman of the properties committee of Plymouth Haven Baptist Church in Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Eileen Holland Brewer of Alexandria; two children, Betty Hudson of Atlanta and Bill Brewer of Denver; and a grandchild.
Mildred Monroe Hill-Murray, 84, a retired government writer who was a teacher, State Department Foreign Service Officer and World War II veteran, died Dec. 12 at her home in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., after a stroke.
Mrs. Hill-Murray, a former Washington, Leesburg and McLean resident, lived in this area from 1950 until moving to Harpers Ferry in October. She was a native of Michigan and a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she also received a master's degree in English.
She was a high school teacher in Michigan in the 1930s. After teaching for a short time at the American College for Girls in Turkey, she went to India in 1940. She spent two years in India, working as a British government radio monitor in Simla and for the U.S. Consul General in Bombay.
In 1943, she entered the WAVES, the women's branch of the U.S. Navy, and spent the remainder of World War II working for the Office of Naval Intelligence here. After the war, she joined the State Department and returned to India. She joined what was then the U.S. Office of Education here in 1950, and was a writer with that agency until retiring about 1975 from what was then the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Her husband, Robert Hill-Murray, died in 1985. Her survivors include a son, Robert M., of Harpers Ferry; and a sister, Anne Robb of Muskegon, Mich.