Garth Lee Tate Jr., 40, a former Washington poet who was a project officer for an arts foundation in Minneapolis, died July 11 at the home of his parents in the Bronx, N.Y. He had AIDS.
Mr. Tate, who lived in Washington from 1976 to 1990, was a founding member of Station to Station, a collective of African-American poets and performers. He gave readings of his poetry at the Folger Theater and the Anacostia Museum, on radio station WPFW and in other forums. He staged his play, "Full Moon," at Sanctuary Theater in Washington and produced performances for the arts collective in Washington at the Gala Hispanic Theater and the YWCA Auditorium.
Mr. Tate was an administrative assistant here with Sun Oil Co., a public relations and communications director for the National Association of State Arts Agencies and an associate editor with Dance USA, a Washington-based national service organization for nonprofit professional dance organizations.
He also was a founding member of Black Artists/White Artists, a group of local writers concerned with combating racisim, and a grants panelist for the D.C. Commission on the Arts.
He moved to Minneapolis in 1990 to work for the Dayton-Hudson Foundation, an arts project funding group.
Mr. Tate was born in New York. He received a bachelor's degree in literature from Long Island University and a master's degree in business from American University.
His honors included the Larry Neal Community Service Award of the D.C. Commission on the Arts.
Survivors include his parents, Nancy Tate and Gartha Tate Sr. of the Bronx; a brother, Michael Tate of New York; and two sisters, Sandra Tate of New York and Michele Escoffery of Woodbridge.
FRANCIS EDWARD ELLIOTT
Francis Edward Elliott, 83, a retired science adviser at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, died of a heart attack July 20 at the Bradford Oaks Nursing & Retirement Center in Clinton.
Dr. Elliott, a resident of Fort Washington, was born in Vienna. He came to this country in 1941, and during World War II served in the U.S. Army in Washington. After the war, he was a translator at the Nuremberg war crimes trials.
Although he did not have a bachelor's degree, he received a master's degree in geography at the University of Virginia and a doctorate in the same subject at Clarke University in Worcester, Mass.
From 1950 to 1956, Dr. Elliott worked at the National Oceanographic Office in Suitland. From 1956 to 1959, he headed the geography department at Butler University in Indianapolis. He then joined General Electric in New York. In 1965, he was transferred to GE's Washington office.
In 1969, Dr. Elliott left GE and joined NOAA. He retired in 1974.
Dr. Elliott was a past president of the Southern Maryland chapter of the United Ostomy Association, an organization of patients who have received artificial passages for waste elimination.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Esther B. Elliott of Fort Washington; and a daughter, Roberta Elliott Wantman of North Bergen, N.J.
AKI KOI BERFIELD
Aki Koi Berfield, 64, a retired grants review official in the Urban Mass Transportation Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation, died of a heart attack July 8 at Suburban Hospital.
Mrs. Berfield, who was stricken at her home in Bethesda, was born in Otatitlan, Mexico. She received a law degree at the University of Mexico and a master's degree in business administration at Memphis State University.
She lived in Washington briefly in 1952 and later in Spain and Memphis, where she taught in the business school at Memphis State and at Christian Brothers College.
In 1966, Mrs. Berfield moved to the Washington area as a permanent resident. She worked for Volkswagen of America and the American Trucking Association and then, in 1970, joined the Department of Transportation. She helped establish the grants review procedures of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. She retired in 1989.
Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Frank H. Berfield of Bethesda; a son, Frank Kendo Berfield of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; a brother, Dr. Jose Kendo Koi of Mexico City; four sisters, Yolanda Koi Munoz, Yuri Koi Aguillera and Kiku Koi Lugo, all of Mexico City, and Uki Koi Nelson of Chicago; and a grandson.