John Pauker, 70, a Hungarian-born poet, editor and art collector who was a longtime official of the U.S. Information Agency, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 22 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Pauker was a political analyst and commentator for the Office of War Information, its successor agency, the Voice of America, and USIA for much of his career, from 1942 to 1975. He was chief policy guidance officer at USIA when he retired in 1975.
His other vigorously pursued life was as a poet and writer. He published several volumes of poetry, was editor for seven years of the literary quarterly Furioso, begun by his friend, Reed Whitemore, and was an advisory editor here of the quarterly Voyages.
A well-known figure in Washington literary circles, Mr. Pauker contributed poems, fiction and criticism to more than 30 periodicals, among them the New Republic, the Paris Review, the Kenyon Review and Art International.
Mr. Pauker, who later would speak seven languages, knew no English when he came to this country as a child in 1924. He was raised in New York City, and attended the Fieldston School, where he became friends with several other future poets, including Howard Nemerov and Muriel Rukeyser.
Shortly after he graduated from Yale University in 1942, Mr. Pauker was sent to Algiers by the Office of War Information to broadcast reports beamed at Axis countries. He joined the Army in 1944.
After World War II he became a commentator and analyst of national and international news for the VOA, and later undertook several literary missions abroad for the agency. During the Hungarian revolution of 1956, he dropped by parachute into his native country to cover the events for the Voice.
During his long federal career, Mr. Pauker also wrote speeches for the White House. For six months in 1970 he served in India as an embassy speechwriter.
Mr. Pauker's poems appeared in several anthologies. His fiction twice won honorable mention in Martha Foley's "Best Short Stories" collection. His translation from Hungarian of Lajos Zilahy's novel, "The Dukays," was a nationwide bestseller in 1949.
He also adapted a play, "Moonbirds," from the novel "Les Oiseaux de Lune" by Marcel Ayme. Starring Wally Cox, the play ran for three nights on Broadway in 1959.
Mr. Pauker was an avid collector of art, filling his homes in Washington with paintings and sculpture and frequently hosting poetry readings and exhibitions there.
He loved to encourage new artists. Included in his collection were the elaborate doodles of a USIA colleague, whom he encouraged to attend meetings that could lead to inspiration. He once bought a roomful of sculpture welded by inmates of Lorton Correctional Complex, and later said he wished he had acquired more.
Mr. Pauker's marriage to writer Virginia W. Pauker ended in divorce.
He is survived by his wife, Pam Pauker of Washington, and two children from his first marriage, Molly Pauker of Washington and Jethro Pauker of Los Angeles.
EDWIN F. SINGLETON
Edwin F. Singleton, 70, a retired Postal Service security supervisor at the Merrifield facility in Northern Virginia and a former police commissioner in Glenarden, died of heart ailments Jan. 23 at Redmond Park Hospital in Rome, Ga.
Mr. Singleton was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and attended Livingstone College in North Carolina. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and moved to the Washington area after the war.
He was a waiter and bartender on dining cars and club cars for the Southern Railroad and then the Pennsylvania Railroad until 1959, when he began working as a mail clerk for what then was the Post Office Department. He retired in 1979.
Mr. Singleton was a former volunteer fireman in Chapel Oaks and a founding member of United Communities Against Poverty in Prince George's County. He became a member of the Glenarden Police Department in 1964 and was commissioner there from 1987 to 1989.
He was a member of Contee AME Zion Church in Washington.
He moved from Glenarden to Menlo, Ga., in 1989.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth M. Singleton of Menlo; two children, Ann E.F. Singleton of Alexandria and Terry B. Singleton of Landover; and a brother, Wayland S. Singleton of Washington.
IRENE O. LUTZ
Irene O. Lutz, 75, a member of Arlington's Trinity Presbyterian Church where she participated in the music program and rang handbells, died Jan. 22 at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church after a stroke.
Mrs. Lutz, who lived in Arlington, was born in Philadelphia.
She lived most of her adult life in Minnesota and moved to this area from California after her husband of 40 years, Charles H. Lutz, died in 1980.
Survivors include three children, Theodore C. Lutz, vice president and business manager of The Washington Post, of Falls Church, John C. Lutz of Minneapolis and Janet Irene Lutz of San Francisco; a sister, Caroline Ann DiPasqua of Newtown Square, Pa.; and two grandchildren.
FRED T. MARSHALL
Fred T. Marshall, 91, a retired Washington lobbyist for the B.F. Goodrich tire and rubber company, died of heart disease and pneumonia Jan. 16 at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Md.
Mr. Marshall, who lived in Hollywood, Md., was born in Chicago. He moved to the Washington area in 1943 from Philadelphia, where he had also worked for B.F. Goodrich. He retired in 1964.
He was a golfer and had won several local tournaments, including the club championship at the Burning Tree Club, where he was a member. He was a former member of the National Press Club.
He was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts and a member of the Society of Naval Engineers and the Rotary Club in St. Mary's County.
His wife of 64 years, Helen K. Marshall, died three years ago.
Survivors include a son, Robert K. Marshall of Silver Spring; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
MARJORIE KYLER KEITHLINE
Marjorie Kyler Keithline, 69, an administrative assistant at the Reconstruction Finance Corp. from 1945 to 1950, died of intestinal bleeding Jan. 19 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center. A resident of the Washington area from 1940 to 1975, she lived in Ocean City, Md..
Mrs. Keithline was a native of Johnstown, Pa.
Her husband, Sidney Keithline, died in 1989.
Survivors include two sons, Martin Keithline of Davidsonville, Md., and Wade Keithline of Ocean City; two daughters, Judy Keithline of Arlington and Janie Keithline of Ocean City; two brothers, Joseph and Ed Kyler, both of Pittsburgh; and a sister, Betty Burtnet of Bedford, Pa.
JOAN O. MARSHALL
Joan O. Marshall, 64, a retired Air Force contracts administrator, died of cancer Jan. 20 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Mrs. Marshall was born in Washington and attended Eastern High School.
She worked for the Department of the Air Force for about 30 years before retiring in 1982.
On retirement, she moved from Silver Spring to Charleston, S.C. She was in Ann Arbor for medical treatment.
Her marriages to Paul Ohe and Charles Marshall ended in divorce.
Survivors include a son, Harry Ohe of Ann Arbor; two brothers, Jerome Goldenberg of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Malvin Goldenberg of Seattle; and three grandchildren.