The obituary Sunday of Paul R. Bean, a Xerox salesman, incorrectly reported the year he retired from the Marine Corps Reserve. He retired in 1990. (Published 1/29/91)

W. Harold Crout Jr., 45, an Arlington resident who was an official of the Voice of America, died Jan. 25 at National Hospital for Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation as a result of injuries he received that evening in a traffic accident.

He was in a three-car collision after he drove past a damaged stop sign into a busy intersection. A spokesman for the Arlington police said Mr. Crout was southbound on South Kent Street when entered the intersection with South 20th Street and was struck by two other cars.

Mr. Crout was a native of Alabama and graduate of Auburn University. He served with the Army in Vietnam in the late 1960s. In 1970, he moved here and began his civilian government career. A labor-management specialist, he worked for several government agencies, including the Government Printing Office, the National Park Service and the Patent and Trademark Office, before joining the VOA about 1986. At the time of his death, he was chief of the VOA's labor-employee relations division.

He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Arlington. He had done volunteer work with the Northern Virginia chapter of the United Ostomy Association. He was a licensed private pilot.

Survivors include his wife, Carlyn, of Arlington; and his parents, Stella and W. Harold Crout Sr. of Bracey, Va.


Red Cross Correspondent

Frances Elizabeth Griffith Miller, 86, a retired correspondent with the American Red Cross who had lived in the Washington area since 1949, died Jan. 26 at her home in McLean. She had cancer.

She joined the Red Cross in New York City in the early 1940s and transferred here in 1949. She retired in 1958.

Mrs. Miller was born into an Army family in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She attended the University of Puerto Rico.

Her husband, John W. Miller, died in 1934. Survivors include two daughters, Frances Elizabeth Schirra of Marietta, Ga., and Jane W. Studabaker of McLean; a sister, Mary Eva Arthur of Leisure World, Silver Spring; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Defense Department Official

Sheldon W. Taylor, 74, a retired program and financial control director in the office of the assistant secretary of defense-comptroller, died of cancer Jan. 25 at Arlington Hospital.

Mr. Taylor, who was a fiscal analyst, spent about a decade with the Navy Department before transferring to the office of the secretary of defense in 1956. He retired from the Pentagon in 1972. He was a recipient of the Defense Department's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.

In 1975, he was a financial consultant with a Gerald R. Ford presidential election committee.

Mr. Taylor was a summa cum laude graduate of Findlay College in his native Ohio. In the early 1940s, he came here and began his government career with the Interstate Commerce Commission. He worked for the U.S. government's Rubber Development Corp. in Brazil during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Florence K. Taylor, and two daughters, Lee Anne Bowler and Rae Kurasz, all of Arlington; a sister, Lillian Taylor of New York City; and a granddaughter.


GSA Employee

John James Shepherd, 90, a government employee for 35 years before retiring in the mid-1960s as a heating and air-conditioning engineer with the General Services Administration, died of kidney failure Jan. 24 at Alexandria Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

He had served as deacon of Third Baptist Church of Alexandria.

Mr. Shepherd, who was a native of Woodford, Va., came to this area in the early 1920s.

His wife, Louise Willis Shepherd, died in 1978. Survivors include a son, Wilbert, and four daughters, Margaret Grimes, Ruth Catron, Harlean Griffin and Lorraine Jennings, all of Alexandria; three stepchildren, Arthur Douglas of Washington and Teresa Hall and Ella Carter, both of Alexandria; two brothers, George, of Woodford, and Robert, of Alexandria; a sister, Virginia Price of Washington; 29 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.


Xerox Salesman

Paul R. Bean, 60, a copier salesman with Xerox here for the past 25 years who was a retired colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, died Jan. 24 at Montgomery General Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Olney.

Col. Bean, an area resident since 1954, was a native of Worcester, Mass., and a graduate of Holy Cross College. He served on active duty in the Marine Corps in the early 1950s, and retired from the reserve in 1960.

He had been active in the Special Olympics and Toys for Tots charitable organizations. He also had helped organize the annual Marine Corps marathon here and had run in it at least once.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, of Olney; eight children, Michael and Stephen, both of Olney, and Geoffrey, Christopher, Kevin, Susan, and Patrice Bean, all of Gaithersburg, and Michelle Kyler of Adamstown, Md.; and five grandchildren.