Lawrence Ernest Gichner, 84, a Washington arts and antiques dealer and collector who had lectured widely on these subjects, died of a heart attack Feb. 28 at George Washington University Hospital.
Mr. Gichner was a native Washingtonian and a lifelong resident of this city. He graduated from Central High School and attended the University of Wisconsin.
As a young man he operated a family business, Gichner Inc., a roofing and sheet metal company. He left the operation in the mid-1950s to pursue his avocation, collecting arts and antiques, as a full-time business.
He was an appraiser and dealer, operating out of his home in Washington, and he specialized in Oriental and historical American items. His clients ranged from the Smithsonian Institution to private collectors.
Mr. Gichner was active in his business until his death. His wife of 48 years, Gertrude B. Gichner, worked in the business with him before her death in 1990.
Mr. Gichner had taught classes in public speaking at the Washington YMCA. He had participated in affairs of the Jewish Community Center and the Central High School Alumni Association.
Survivors include two daughters, Ernestine Gichner Miller of New York and Carolyn Gichner DeGaglia of Washington; and two granddaughters.
LEONARD JAY ORBECK
Art Professor and Painter
Leonard Jay Orbeck, 47, a professor of art at the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College, died of a heart ailment Feb. 26 at his home in Purcellville, Va.
He had taught printmaking, etching, drawing and painting at the college since 1974. His Cubist-style paintings were exhibited at local galleries and museums, including the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Annapolis.
His work is owned by the Library of Congress, the American Film Institute and the Philip Morris Collection in Richmond. He was preparing for a show at the Foundry Gallery in Washington when he died.
Mr. Orbeck was born in Washington. He attended Northwestern High School in Hyattsville and the University of Maryland, where he also received a master's degree in fine arts. He studied painting with Washington artist Jacob Kainen and printmaking at Landfall Press in Chicago.
Mr. Orbeck also taught art at the University of Maryland, Montgomery College and the Corcoran School of Art. His marriage to Elena Orbeck ended in divorce.
Survivors include a son, Jacob Orbeck of Purcellville; a brother, Anthony J. Orbeck of Bowie; and a sister, Camille Weaver of Bowie.
JAMES W. HOMEYER
Programmer and Broker
James W. Homeyer, 65, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant who was a computer programmer and real estate broker, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 27 at Dewitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir. A resident of the Washington area since 1964, he lived in Alexandria.
Mr. Homeyer retired from the Air Force in 1966 after 20 years spent largely as a computer programmer. Until the late 1980s, he was a broker with Hylton Enterprises and his own company, Homeyer and Bachman Realty in Dale City.
Mr. Homeyer was a native of Karnes City, Tex. He was a Mason.
Survivors include his wife, Betty S. Homeyer of Alexandria; three children, James William Homeyer Jr. of Houston, and Donna Sue Harris and Sharon Ann Perry, both of Woodbridge; two brothers, Joseph Homeyer of Pettus, Tex., and Robert Homeyer of Kenedy, Tex.; a sister, Laura Madsen of Kenedy; and five grandchildren.
CARL X. MOTTA
Carl X. Motta, 87, a retired Washington Post printer, died Feb. 27 at Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Silver Spring. He had suffered a stroke.
Mr. Motta, who lived in Washington, was born in Catania, Sicily. He came to the United States in 1906 and settled in Washington. He graduated from Eastern High School and attended Chaffey College in California. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
He retired from The Post in 1968 after 37 years as a printer. He had been with The Post since 1954 and before that had worked 16 years for the Washington Times-Herald. Earlier he had been a printer at the Baltimore Sun.
Survivors include his wife, Susan V. Motta of Washington, and two sons, Anthony C. Motta of Washington and Alfred F. Motta of Chevy Chase.