Paul R. Wilner, 79, a retired internist and professor emeritus at Georgetown University medical school who was president of the D.C. Medical Society in 1965, died of cardiac arrest Feb. 10 at his home in Washington.
Dr. Wilner served as the D.C. Medical Society's board chairman in 1969 and as president of the Jacobi Medical Society in 1950. He was an assistant chief of medicine at Washington Hospital Center.
He practiced internal medicine in Washington from 1939 to 1990. He began his teaching career at Georgetown as a clinical instructor in 1939 and retired as clinical professor emeritus in 1990.
He was named Georgetown Clinical Society man of the year in 1967 and received a Georgetown University President's Medal in 1990 and the medical school's Lawrence Kyle distinguished service award in 1986. He also received awards from medical societies and from Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter.
Dr. Wilner was a native of Washington and a 1929 graduate of Central High School. He was a 1933 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a 1936 graduate of Georgetown University's medical school.
He served his internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. During World War II, he served with the Army Medical Corps in the Mediterranean theater and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He served on the boards of Washington Hebrew Congregation and the Jewish Social Service Agency. He was a member of the Cosmos and Woodmont Country clubs.
His wife of 54 years, the former Amy Klawans, died in October 1990. Survivors include two sons, John R., of Bethesda, and Richard K., of Chevy Chase; a daughter, Margaret W. Hut of Chevy Chase; a brother, Morton H., of Washington; and eight grandchildren.
DR. SAMUEL Y. SEMERDJIAN
Physician and Researcher
Dr. Samuel Y. Semerdjian, 84, a retired physician and medical researcher who had lived in the Washington area since coming to this country in 1978, died Feb. 9 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had cardiovascular and renal ailments.
Dr. Semerdjian, who lived in Washington, was born to Armenian parents in Turkey. A survivor of the Armenian massacres of World War I, he grew up in orphanages. After graduating from the medical school of the American University of Beruit in 1931, he joined the university hospital's staff.
In addition to working as a staff physician, he did research tracing the genetic transmission of Armenian fever, or idiopathic Mediterranean polyserositis.
Dr. Semerdjian, who retired from the hospital in 1975, had been active in Armenian nationalist groups while living in Lebanon.
Survivors include his wife, Alice, and a son, Dr. Hrant Semerjian, both of Washington; a daughter, Cynthia Sayegh of McLean; and four grandchildren.
JOHN E. MELLOR
Foreign Service Officer
John Edward Mellor, 68, a retired State Department Foreign Service officer who was a charter member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 8 at his home in Leesburg, Fla.
He joined State in 1955 and served overseas in London, Warsaw, Oslo, Ottawa and Tokyo. He retired from his last post, as counselor of embassy for economic affairs in Manila, in 1978. After that, he was a State Department consultant for a time.
Mr. Mellor, a New York City native and former Springfield resident, maintained a home in the Washington area from 1938 to 1987. He was a graduate of George Washington University, where he also received a master's degree in international relations. After Army service in World War II, he worked for the Foreign Economic Administration before joining State.
Survivors include his wife, the former Carol Krause, of Leesburg; three sons, Charles E., of Peabody, Mass., Thomas A., of Vienna, and Richard J., of Ottawa; a sister, Mildred Mellor Hansen of Coventry, Conn.; and three grandchildren.
SUZANNE C. NATEMAN
Suzanne C. Nateman, 49, a former elementary school teacher in Burlington, N.C., who was a recruiting coordinator from 1979 to 1982 for Squires, Sanders & Dempsey, a Washington law firm, died of cancer Feb. 8 at Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis.
Mrs. Nateman, who lived in Arlington and had a weekend residence in Chester, Md., was born in Raleigh, N.C. She graduated from Campbell College in Buies Creek, N.C. She was a teacher in Burlington for 13 years before moving to the Washington area in 1979.
She was a member of Kent Island United Methodist Church.
Her marriage to Robert Chase Raiford ended in divorce.
Survivors include her husband, Gary M. Nateman of Arlington; a son by her first marriage, Robert Chase Raiford of Arlington; her parents, Rupert and Grace Cox of Dunn, N.C.; and a brother, Jack Cox of Tarboro, N.C.
Arminta May Naylor Flohr, 76, a Washington native who lived here until 1980 and who was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Washington, died of cancer Feb. 8 at a hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla. She lived in Port Charlotte.
Mrs. Flohr graduated from the old Central High School in 1931. As a youth, she worked in the family business, Naylor's seafood restaurant on Maine Avenue in Washington.
In 1985, she graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College of Southwest Florida in Port Charlotte.
Survivors include her husband, Deeter B. Flohr of Port Charlotte; two sons, John F., of Easton, Md., and David B., of Fayetteville, Ga.; four daughters, Donna S. Lewis of Sterling, Va., and Barbara M. Pennington, Elizabeth V. Ziegler and Grace E. Tymoniewicz, all of Port Charlotte; two brothers, Grover C. Naylor Jr. of Burke and F. Pierson Naylor of Silver Spring; 10 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
ALBERT G. AIST
Tax Assessor and Farmer
Albert G. Aist, 90, a retired farmer and Prince George's County tax assessor, died of a heart attack Feb. 9 at Washington Adventist Hospital. He had lived on a farm in Cheltenham since 1911.
Mr. Aist was born in Townshend, on the Prince George's-Charles County border. He raised tobacco from 1911 until 1934, then operated the Maple Spring Dairy at his farm. He delivered milk to houses in southern Prince George's County until 1954.
He worked as a county tax assessor from 1954 to 1970.
In the early 1950s, Mr. Aist was elected chairman of the county's Production and Marketing Administration Committee, which administered federal agricultural programs for local farmers.
He was a lifelong member of Cheltenham United Methodist Church.
His wife, Irene Gaither Aist, died in 1977. Survivors include three sons, George A. Aist of Washington, Clark S. Aist of Upper Marlboro and Albert Gaither Aist of Baltimore; two sisters, Elsie Roby of Silver Spring and Lorena Entwisle of Edgewater; a brother, Dudley C. Aist of Mechanicsville, Md.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
MARJORIE C. MEYERS
Marjorie Castle Meyers, 81, a fifth-grade teacher at Westbrook Elementary School in Bethesda for 25 years before retiring about 1973, died Feb. 11 at Holy Cross Hospital after a stroke.
Mrs. Meyers, who came to the Washington area in 1942 from Hamilton, N.Y., had lived in the Althea Woodland nursing home in Silver Spring since 1981. Before that, she lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring and in Chevy Chase.
She had been a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother in Chevy Chase. She was a member of the American Association of University Women.
Mrs. Meyers was born in Cleveland and grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio. She was a graduate of Ithaca College in New York state and received a master's degree in remedial reading from George Washington University.
Her husband, Albert L. Meyers, died in 1981. Survivors include a son, Stewart C., of Bethesda; a daughter, Susan M. Finch of Kensington; and a granddaughter.
Excavating Company Owner
Howard Turner, 69, retired owner of Howard Turner Excavating, died of a heart attack Feb. 9 at Leland Memorial Hospital. He lived in Mount Rainier.
A native of Guntersville, Ala., Mr. Turner moved to the Washington area in 1949. He worked for about 10 years as an equipment operator for the Prince George's County government, then started his business. He did excavations for residential developments in Prince George's and Charles counties for 30 years. He retired four years ago.
His marriage to Jewell Powell ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma M. Turner of Mount Rainier; two children by his first marriage, Billy Turner of Glen Burnie and Gail Tinsman of Martinsburg, W.Va.; five stepchildren, Steve Marteny of Bowie, Barbara Sabino of Oxon Hill, Peggy Newman of Fort Washington, Linda Settle of Chicago Heights, Ill., and Diane Pellon of Lynchburg, Va.; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.