John A. Kneipp, 76, a Washington psychiatrist since 1949 who also was active in sporting groups, died Dec. 27 at George Washington University Hospital. He had a heart ailment.

In addition to maintaining a private practice in Washington, Dr. Kneipp had taught at Georgetown University's medical school since 1949. He served on the staffs of Sibley Memorial Hospital and the Washington Psychiatric Institute.

Over the years, he was a consultant to St. Elizabeths Hospital, various private corporations and such government agencies as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the State and Defense departments. He also served on a mental health committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and directed Georgetown University's outpatient psychiatric clinic.

His hobbies included fox hunting, steeplechasing, polo and yachting. He served as master of foxhounds of the Potomac Hunt and was a member of the Orange County Hunt in Middleburg. He was a member of the Gibson Island Club and its yacht squadron. In 1965, he was named Sports Illustrated magazine's Gentleman Rider of the Year. He also had won the Seven Corners steeplechase trophy.

Dr. Kneipp, who had homes in Washington and Middleburg, was a native of Washington and graduate of Fork Union Military Academy. He received undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University, where he also held a residency in neuropsychiatry. While in college, he was captain of the boxing and track teams.

During World War II, he served in the Army and the Office of Strategic Services. Before starting his private practice, he taught psychiatry at Harvard University's medical school.

He was a diplomate of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Board of Medical Examiners. He was a 1969 recipient of Georgetown University medical school's Meritorious Service Award.

His marriage to the former Janet Rettew ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Anne Renee Kneipp of Washington and Middleburg; and five children by his first marriage, John Jr., of San Diego, Thomas Leon Kneipp of Richmond, Sally Ann Kneipp of Philadelphia, Judith Elizabeth Kneipp Jorgensen of Boston and Stephanie Mary Kneipp Willis of Chapel Hill, N.C.


Charles County Banker

Frank Keech Turner, 69, a retired president and board chairman of the Bank of Southern Maryland in La Plata, died of pneumonia Dec. 27 at Physicians Memorial Hospital in La Plata. He had Alzheimer's disease.

He joined the bank, which was founded by one of his grandfathers, about 1950. He spent about 20 years as its president and board chairman before retiring in 1985.

Mr. Turner, who lived in Newburg, Md., was a lifelong resident of Charles County. He was a graduate of the Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Charlotte Hall, Md., and the University of Maryland. He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II.

He was a founding member of the Charles County Economic Development Commission and had served on the board of the Mercantile Bankshares Corp. He was a member of the Charles County Library Board and Chamber of Commerce, the Society of the Cincinnati, and the Southern Maryland Society.

Survivors include his wife, the former Sally O'Neill, of Newburg; four sons, Frank Jr., of Baltimore, and William Gordon, Robert Posey and William Carlyle Turner, all of Alexandria; four daughters, Jill Turner Morris of White Plains, Md., Virginia Turner Persinger of Newburg, and Suzanne Turner Brennan and Sarah Lambert Turner, both of Alexandria; and six grandchildren.


Blue Cross VP

Grant T. Turner, 58, a retired vice president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, died Dec. 27 at Washington Hospital Center after a heart attack.

Mr. Turner, who lived in Kensington, was born in Sunnyside, Utah. He served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1955, then graduated from Brigham Young University.

He moved to Washington in the late 1950s, and worked for a pharmaceutical supply company before joining Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 1966. He retired in 1988 as vice president for professional relations, specializing in liaison with the medical community. He also was responsible for the establishment of policies on medical claims administration.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints and Manor Country Club, and he had done volunteer work for Kensington Boys Club.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Y. Turner of Kensington; two children, Grant T. Turner Jr. of Kensington and Susan King of Sofia, Bulgaria; three sisters, Winifred Herbert, Claire Turner and Ella Ruth Bergera, all of Utah; two brothers, Dean Turner of Washington state and Paul Turner of Utah; and six grandchildren.



Beverly Denise Hutchinson, 3, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 25 at Children's Hospital. She had AIDS.

Beverly was born in Cheverly on April 14, 1987. She is survived by her mother, Karen Denise Johnson of Washington; her father, William Timothy Hutchinson of Landover; a brother, McDarren Dwayne Johnson of Washington; and two grandparents, Beverly and Maurice Johnson of Washington.



Victor Amato, 89, retired staff photographer for the Corcoran Art Gallery, died of heart ailments Dec. 27 at Montgomery General Hospital.

Mr. Amato was born in Milan, Italy. He came to the United States in the 1920s and was a photographer for the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper until 1942, when he joined the Army.

He was an Army Signal Corps photographer during World War II. He was based in Washington but traveled about the country on photographic assignments.

After his discharge from the Army in 1948, Mr. Amato joined the Corcoran Gallery of Art as a staff photographer. He also did freelance photography, and he had photographed the entire collections at the Corcoran, the Phillips Collection and several other galleries.

He was known in the arts community for innovative uses of natural and artificial lighting, and he also did photography for antique dealers and for catalogues for auction houses.

In 1972, Mr. Amato retired and moved to San Diego. He returned to this area and lived in Olney after the death of his wife of 53 years, Anne Marie Amato, in May 1990.

He was a 32nd degree Mason.

Survivors include a son, Roger Victor Amato of Olney; and two grandchildren.


Church Founder and Volunteer

Ruth Ronken Meyer, 74, a founding member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Wheaton and a volunteer at Montgomery General Hospital and with Meals on Wheels, died of respiratory failure Dec. 26 at Montgomery General Hospital.

Mrs. Meyer, who lived in Olney, was born in Tacoma, Wash. She moved to the Washington area in 1935.

She was a member of the Republican Women's Club of Montgomery County, the Women's Club of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Brooke Manor Country Club and the Wednesday Club of Olney, a social organization.

She was an avid bridge player.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Charles E. Meyer of Olney; three daughters, Janice Paul of Lansdale, Pa., Marilyn Brewer of Silver Spring and Charlotte Fryling of Arlington; and five grandchildren.


Documents Supervisor

Harry Rolland Proctor, 56, a supervisor in the documentation center of the Department of Defense, died Dec. 27 at Holy Cross Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Proctor, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Washington. He graduated from Cardozo High School and attended American University. He served in the Army for six years during the 1950s, then began working for the Defense Department as a civilian employee.

His marriage to Joyce Proctor ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Shemin V. Proctor of Silver Spring; a sister, Grace Yvonne Travers of Washington; and two brothers, Robert C. Proctor Sr. of Brandywine and Horace Q. Proctor of Mechanicsville.


Antiques Dealer

Mary Helfert, 76, a retired antiques dealer and former Kensington resident, died Dec. 25 at a nursing home in Aurora, Colo., after a heart attack.

Mrs. Helfert was born in Brisbee, N.D. She moved to the Washington area in 1950 after having lived in Paris, Chicago and Montreal.

She had been an antiques dealer operating out of her home here before moving to Aurora in 1989.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Howard Helfert of Aurora; two children, Bill Helfert of Mesa, Ariz., and Betty Mulcahy of Aurora; and four grandchildren.


GSA Official

Frank L. Beck, 74, a retired official of the General Services Administration who was building manager of the State Department, died of cancer Dec. 26 at his home in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Mr. Beck was born in Washington and graduated from Roosevelt High School. During World War II, he served in Europe.

He began his career with the federal government about 1939. He was an electrician with the GSA, the government's property manager, and then became assistant building manager of the State Department. He was named building manager in 1970, and he retired in 1972.

Mr. Beck was a Mason and a member of the Alexandria Scottish Rite and the Kena Temple of the Shrine. He attended St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife, Sara Schamel Beck, whom he married in 1957, of Myrtle Beach; a daughter, Karen B. Percival of Rock Hill, S.C.; and two grandchildren.