Navy Commander

Donald Bertram Scheurer, 82, a retired Navy commander and the administrator of Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington from 1967 to 1977, died Dec. 12 at his home in Falls Church after a heart attack.

Cmdr. Scheurer, who had lived in the Washington area since 1960, was born in Ontario. He came to this country as a child and grew up in Parma, Ohio. He enlisted in the Navy in 1928 and was commissioned in the Medical Service Corps during World War II.

He served in the Pacific during the war and later was administrator of a Navy hospital in Japan. His last post, before retiring from active duty in 1958, was as the medical administrative officer of the Potomac River Naval Command.

Cmdr. Scheurer was admissions director at Alexandria Hospital before joining the staff at Columbia in 1961. He was named its administrator six years later.

His wife, Katherine, died in 1985. His survivors include two daughters, Janet Curry of Cleveland and Andrea Balius of Biloxi, Miss.; and two grandchildren.


Aide to Architect of Capitol

Philip L. Roof Sr., 76, retired executive assistant to the architect of the Capitol and a master breeder of show pigeons, died Dec. 12 of cardiopulmonary arrest at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, Md. He lived in Tracys Landing.

Mr. Roof, who retired in 1973, worked for three Capitol architects in 32 years. As personal adviser to the architect, he was responsible for the accounting, personnel and procurement affairs of the office.

He was a native of Lexington, S.C. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

He came to Washington in 1935 and was a clerk with the Agriculture and Interior departments before joining the Capitol Architect's Office.

Mr. Roof bred pigeons and national champion show chickens. He was an officer of national bird clubs, including the American Turbit, American Pigeon, American Owl and American Frill clubs and the National Pigeon Association.

He also belonged to the American Bantam and American Poultry associations and the American Brown Leghorn and Ancona Breeders clubs.

He also bred field champion beagles and was secretary for many years of the Southern Maryland Beagle Club.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Bertha Railsback Roof of Tracys Landing; two sons, Philip Roof Jr. of Port Republic, Md., and James Roof of Hyattsville; a daughter, Mary Roof, of Tracys Landing; two sisters, Mildred Rasmussen of Washington and Zelma Marcos of Pompano Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Jesse Roof of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Michael Roof of Alexandria; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.


Army Employee

Mary E. Davis, 79, a keypunch operator with the Army Data Command Center here for 23 years before retiring in 1977, died of cancer Dec. 15 at Washington Adventist Hospital.

Mrs. Davis, who lived in College Park, was a native of Cameron, Mo. She came to the Washington area in 1949.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth H. Davis of College Park.


Eastern High Teacher

Nadia Wright Zimmerman, 85, who taught business education at Eastern High School for 29 years before retiring from the D.C. Public Schools in 1960, died Dec. 15 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack. She lived in Bethesda.

At Eastern, she also had been supervisor of the school bank from 1947 to 1960. Before joining that faculty, she taught for a short time at Surrattsville High School in Clinton, and then for about four years at Powell and Langley Junior high schools in Washington.

Mrs. Zimmerman was born in Kansas City, Mo., and came here in 1919. She was a 1922 graduate of Central High School and a 1926 graduate of the University of Maryland, where she also received a master's degree in education.

She had been a member of Luther Place Memorial Lutheran Church in Washington for 54 years. She also was a member of the Rock Creek Women's Republican Club.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Elvin A. Zimmerman of Bethesda.


IBM Office Equipment Salesman

Thomas Richard Clemen, 81, an IBM office equipment salesman here from the early 1960s until retiring in 1972, died of cancer Dec. 16 at the Brooke Grove nursing home in Olney. He lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring.

He began working for IBM in New York City in 1939. After Army service in Europe during World War II, he transferred to Norfolk, where he worked for IBM until coming here. His Washington-area sales territory included Capitol Hill.

Mr. Clemen, who lived in Bethesda before moving to Silver Spring in 1967, was born in Santa Monica, Calif.

He was the 1977 recipient of a Life Master Certificate from the American Contract Bridge League. His other hobbies included golf.

His wife, Doris, died in 1989. Survivors include a brother, John Douglas Clemen of Manahawkin, N.J.