Rudolph Kauffmann II, 76, an associate editor of the old Washington Evening Star and a past president of Children's Hospital, died of cancer Dec. 25 at his home in Chevy Chase.

Mr. Kauffmann was a member of one of the families that owned and managed the Star from the Civil War until 1974, when it was sold to Joe L. Albritton. (Albritton later sold it to Time Inc., which closed it in 1981.) He began working at the newspaper after graduating from Princeton University in 1936, and he held several positions over the years.

He was named production editor in 1957 and associate editor in 1963. In that capacity, he continued to oversee production, and he also assisted with the editorial page.

Mr. Kauffmann was a member of the board of directors of Children's Hospital for almost 30 years, and he served as president from 1961 to 1964. The hospital is now the Children's National Medical Center, and as president, Mr. Kauffmann was credited with playing an important role in planning its modern facilities.

A native of Washington, Mr. Kauffmann attended St. Albans School and graduated from the Choate School in Wallingford, Conn. He then went to Princeton. During World War II, he was an officer in the Navy, and he served in the Atlantic and in North Africa.

He was a member of the Gridiron Club and took part in the skits it gives in its annual dinners for national leaders. He also was a member of the Alibi, Metropolitan and Chevy Chase clubs, and he was a past president of the Percy Summer Club in Groveton N.H.

His wife, Mary Wells Kauffmann, died in 1988.

Survivors include three children, Elise K. Palmer of Southwest Harbor, Maine, Edith Willis Kauffmann II of Chevy Chase and Christian Alexander Kauffmann of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother, John Michael Kauffmann of Mount Desert, Maine; and five grandchildren.


Film Producer

David P. Boyer, 68, an award-winning producer with the U.S. Information Agency who worked for the organization from 1952 until he retired in 1977, died of a gastrointestinal disorder Dec. 24 at Alexandria Hospital.

Mr. Boyer, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Los Angeles. He graduated from Compton College and received a degree in cinema from the University of Southern California. During World War II, he was an aerial photographer in the Navy, and he served in the Pacific.

In 1952, Mr. Boyer moved to the Washington area and joined the motion picture service of the USIA. Projects on which he worked included "Horizons," a documentary series for Latin America, of which he was producer for 10 years. For three years before his retirement, he was the producer of "Vision," a monthly half-hour television show for worldwide distribution.

Mr. Boyer won four Golden Eagle awards from the Council on International Non-Theatrical Events for his work on "Vision."

Survivors include his wife, Anne C. Boyer, whom he married in 1954, of Alexandria; and a sister, Beulah Hogan of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.


Former Washington Resident

Dora Parker Miller, 89, a former Washington resident, died of pneumonia Dec. 21 at the home of a son in Chicago.

Mrs. Miller was born in Newark and moved to Washington as a child. She lived here until 1929, when she married Howard Parmalee Homans and moved to New York. He died in 1962.

From 1965 until moving to Chicago six months ago, Mrs. Miller had lived in Sarasota, Fla.

Her second husband, Severn Miller, died in the early 1970s.

Survivors include a son from her first marriage, Peter P. Homans of Chicago, and three grandchildren.


Preschool Director

Paulette Marie Howell, 38, director and teacher at Leesburg Presbyterian Church Preschool from 1977 to 1987, died of cancer Dec. 22 at her home in Leesburg.

Mrs. Howell was born in Kittanning, Pa. She moved to the Washington area in 1960, and in 1970 she graduated from Herndon High School. She attended Brevard College in Asheville, N.C.

She was co-owner and secretary of the Herndon Glass Co. in Ashburn, Va., and a past president of the Presbyterian Women at Leesburg Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Howell also had been a Brownie troop leader and a Little League baseball team mother, and she had done volunteer work with the Keyettes and the 1990 class council at Loudoun County High School, where she was a member of the cheerleading parents organization.

Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Kenneth J. Howell, and two children, Jennifer Marie Howell and William J. Spencer Howell, all of Leesburg; her parents, Paul and Maryann Spencer of Largo, Fla.; three grandparents, Raymond and Vera Spencer of Ford City, Pa., and Wanda Klaput of Voorhees, N.J.; and a sister, Rita Goldsmith of Largo, Fla.


Home Economics Teacher

Ruth D. Silcox, 82, a retired home economics teacher and newspaper columnist and the former chairman of the home economics department at Arlington's Wakefield High School, died Dec. 27 at Leewood Nursing Home in Annandale of complications resulting from gastrointestinal disorders.

Mrs. Silcox joined the home economics staff at Wakefield High School in 1967, and she was chairman of the department from 1969 until she retired in 1973. Earlier, she had served five years at Arlington's Stratford Junior High School, where she was chairman of the home economics department and a journalism teacher.

From 1951 to 1962, she taught courses in foods, clothing and family living at what was then Mount Vernon Seminary and Junior College in Washington.

She was author of the seven-day-a-week Ask Ann column in The Washington Post from 1948 to 1951. In that column, Mrs. Silcox answered reader questions about homemaking.

Mrs. Silcox, a resident of Falls Church, was born in Griswold, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University and received a master's degree in home economics from the University of Minnesota. As a young woman, she was a home economics specialist on the Betty Crocker Staff of General Mills Inc. in Minneapolis, testing and writing recipes and conducting food preparation demonstrations.

She moved to the Washington area in the late 1930s.

She was awarded a U.S. patent in 1950 for the design of a combination mixing and pouring pitcher.

Her marriage to W. Bruce Silcox ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Marjorie Moore of Nashville, Gordon B. Silcox of Dumfries and Franklin H. Silcox of Chesapeake, Va.; a sister, Rose Hiett of Puyallup, Wash.; and six grandchildren.


School Librarian

Marie M. Benson, 70, a retired librarian with Arlington public schools, died of cancer Dec. 25 at Arlington Hospital.

Mrs. Benson, who lived in Arlington, was born in Kansas City, Mo. She graduated from Park College in Kansas City and received a master's degree in library science from the University of California at Berkeley.

In 1945, she married Ingram T. Benson, a naval officer who retired as a captain. She accompanied him to various naval stations in this country and to Japan. The family settled in Arlington in 1953.

Mrs. Benson was a librarian with the Arlington schools from 1960 until she retired in 1984.

She had studied flower arranging in Japan and was a member of the Claremont Garden Club in Arlington. She also was a member of the American Association of University Women and Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington.

In addition to her husband, of Arlington, survivors include two children, Jean M. Scott of Fredericksburg, Va., and Mary K. Agruso of Hanover, Va.; a sister, Anita Peterson of Overland Park, Kan.; a brother, Donald J. Moeller of Lake San Marcos, Calif.; and a grandchild.