The obituary Monday of Peter Van Allen misstated his relationship to Norma Van Allen, his second wife. They were legally separated. (Published 9/3/92)
Peter Sergeyevich Deriabin, 71, a high-ranking Soviet defector who later worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, died Aug. 20 in Northern Virginia after a stroke.
Mr. Deriabin was a major in what became the KGB, the Soviet intelligence and security service, and was serving in Vienna as counterintelligence chief when he defected to this country in February 1954. He was a heavily decorated combat veteran of the Red Army and former member of the elite Kremlin Guard Directorate. In 1954, he was the highest-ranking Soviet intelligence officer ever to defect.
He then worked for the CIA until retiring in 1981. A researcher and analyst, he advised the agency on history, personnel, philosophy and practices of Soviet intelligence.
A CIA spokesman once said that "the vast amount of accurate information which Mr. Deriabin provided in the area of knowledge least available to the U.S. government was of uncalculable value to the national security."
Over the years, Mr. Deriabin also did graduate work at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia, and lectured to classes at the CIA and the Defense Intelligence College. He served as translator of the 1965 book "The Penkovskiy Papers," the memoirs of a Soviet military intelligence officer who passed highly classified material to the West before he was caught and executed after the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Mr. Deriabin wrote several books, including his 1959 autobiography, "The Secret World," and "Watchdogs of Terror," a 1972 book on Soviet intelligence. He was co-author of the 1982 book "The KGB: Masters of the Soviet Union" and of "The Spy Who Saved the World: How a Soviet Colonel Changed the Course of the Cold War," which was published this year.
Mr. Deriabin was a native of Siberia and was active in communist youth groups. He was a 1938 graduate of Biysk Teachers College and was a history teacher before entering the Red Army during World War II.
He was in some of the heaviest fighting of the war, taking part in the legendary Battle of Stalingrad, in which the German army was brought to a halt for the first time in fierce house-to-house fighting. At Stalingrad, where he commanded a mortar company, his regiment entered the battle 2,800-strong and emerged with 151 men. Seriously wounded four times, he was awarded five medals and five military orders.
War's end found him in counterintelligence work. After the war, he served with the NKVD, a predecessor agency of the KGB. He also served as one of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's bodyguards before transferring to foreign intelligence work after the dictator's death in 1953.
Mr. Deriabin later wrote of his growing dislike of the Soviet system, telling of his religious family background and how his exposure to western and early communist literature, as a trusted member of the intelligence-security elite, gradually opened his eyes.
His first wife died in the 1940s. His second marriage, to a former secretary to Lazar Kaganovich, a high-ranking Soviet official, broke up before his defection. He wrote that he thus left little in the way of family for Soviet authorities to harass when he defected.
He made it out of Vienna in the best tradition of spy fiction. Disguised as freight, he was shipped more than 100 miles by train through the Soviet occupation zone around Vienna. His was one of five major defections to the West that Soviet intelligence suffered in 1954.
Journalist Tom Mangold wrote in the book "Cold Warrior" that Mr. Deriabin's existence was kept a secret by the CIA for five years while he underwent extensive debriefing and later went through a process to familiarize him with the West.
Mangold reports that a CIA officer told him that the first time Mr. Deriabin saw oranges for sale he shouted to his escort, "Come and look at these oranges! Where are the guards to protect them?"
The story goes on to tell how the defector and his CIA escort traveled to Minnesota, where they met the escort's parents, and eventually to Hollywood, where Mr. Deriabin met actress Leslie Caron at a studio cafeteria. Life magazine ran a feature on the trip, which revealed to the escort's parents the real nature of his employer.
Mr. Deriabin, who lived in the Washington area, is survived by his wife and a son.
JACK D. McCREIGHT
Marine Corps Colonel
Jack D. McCreight, 61, who served 30 years in the Marine Corps before retiring in 1983 as a colonel, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 25 at his home in Arlington. He had lived in the Washington area on and off since 1953.
He was commissioned in the Marine Corps in June 1953 and went to Korea later that year. He later held staff and command posts in this country, Japan and the Philippines. He was an operations officer in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, a battalion commander at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba in 1972 and 1973, and later in the mid-1970s served as G2 officer of the Atlantic Fleet Marine Force.
Between 1977 and 1983, Col. McCreight also held a post on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff here. His last assignment was a senior member of the Navy Council of Personnel Boards in Arlington.
His service decorations included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and two Joint Service Commendation medals.
Col. McCreight was a native of Port Huron, Mich., and a geology graduate of the University of Idaho. He did graduate work in history and business administration at Long Beach State University and the University of Maryland.
He was a member of the Smithsonian Associates and a charter member of the Air & Space Museum's associates.
Survivors include two brothers, William F. McCreight of Troy, Mich., and Ronald K. McCreight of Bloomfield Village, Mich.
RALPH D. WHITLEY
Ralph Davis Whitley, 80, a Bethesda resident who was a retired Washington general surgeon, died Aug. 29 at Suburban Hospital. He had cancer.
He practiced surgery here from the mid-1940s until about 1980. Over the years, he had been associated with Sibley Memorial Hospital and Washington Hospital Center.
Dr. Whitley, a native of Jonesboro, Ark., served as a Navy physician and surgeon in the Pacific during World War II. He had attended Washington and Lee University, then graduated from George Washington University in 1936 and its medical school in 1940. He served his internship and a surgery residency at Garfield Hospital here.
He was a member of the Army & Navy Club and the Chevy Chase Club.
His first wife, the former Hazel Lunsford, whom he married in 1935, died in 1971. Survivors include his wife, the former May Miller Earnest, of Bethesda; a daughter by his first marriage, Jane Rhodes Whitley Bergwin of Washington; two stepsons, James M. Earnest of Bethesda and Broughton M. Earnest of Easton, Md.; two grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.
MARGARET THERESA SMITH
Margaret Theresa Smith, 71, a member of the Sodality at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington and a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, died of Alzheimer's disease Aug. 23 at her home in Washington.
Mrs. Smith was born in Oneida, N.Y. She moved to Washington in 1949 to work for the Eastman-Kodak Co., where she was an inspector in the processing of classified government film. She remained with the company until 1956.
She was a member of the women's auxiliary of the Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include her husband of 37 years, John J. Smith of Washington.
PETER VAN ALLEN
Peter Van Allen, 60, a retired Washington area pharmacist who had been a member of the Civitan Club in Silver Spring, died of cancer Aug. 28 at the Fox Chase nursing home in Silver Spring. He lived in College Park.
He had worked in numerous Washington area pharmacies from the mid-1950s until retiring in 1990. He spent about the last 10 years of his career at Seat Pleasant Drugs in Northeast Washington.
Mr. Van Allen, who was born in White Plains, N.Y., moved to the Washington area as a teenager. He was a graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and received a pharmacy degree from George Washington University. He served with the Army in Korea during the Korean War.
His marriages to Joanne and Norma Van Allen both ended in divorce.
Survivors include his companion, Janice Spangler of College Park; his mother, Ottilie Van Allen of Greenbelt; and a brother, John, of Denver.
Albert Kay, 78, who retired in 1970 as director of the manpower supply office in the office of the secretary of Defense, died of pneumonia Aug. 27 at Holy Cross Hospital.
Mr. Kay began his government career with the National Housing Agency after World War II. He later worked for the Navy Department before joining the Defense Department in 1948.
His work with the Pentagon included changes in the Selective Service system that helped lead to the "draft lottery." He was a recipient of the Defense Department's Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
Mr. Kay, who had lived in Falls Church since World War II, was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a 1935 economics graduate of Columbia University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was a member of the Westwood Country Club.
His wife, Lucie Breyer Kay, whom he married in 1942, died in 1981. Survivors include a son, Jeffrey A., of Takoma Park; a daughter, Carol Kay of Pittsburgh; and a grandson.
HORACE O. KIRBY JR.
Horace O. Kirby Jr., 66, a retired printer who was a member of veterans and service groups, died of cancer Aug. 27 at his home in Upper Marlboro.
Mr. Kirby was born in Lynchburg, Va. He was reared there and in College Park, and graduated from McKinley Technical High School in Washington. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific.
After the war, he went to work for the Columbia Planograph Co. in Washington, where he became a printer. He later joined Wentworth Printers in Beltsville, and retired there in 1988.
His marriage to Katherine Kirby ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Dorothy G. Kirby of Upper Marlboro; five children from his first marriage, John E. Kirby of Upper Marlboro, Katherine Chambers of Hagerstown, Md., Diane Bishop of College Park, Richard A. Kirby of Ijamsville, Md., and Robert Kirby of Laurel; two stepchildren, Dianna Bennett of Spring Hill, Fla., and William Dillon of Elizabeth City, N.C.; a sister, Evelyn Manili of College Park; and 12 grandchildren.
HERBERT D. TATE
Herbert Duke Tate, 77, who worked for the General Services Administration for 26 years before retiring in 1974 as a maintenance staff supervisor, died Aug. 20 at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Tate, who came to the Washington area in 1948, attended Knoxville College in his native Tennessee and served with the Army in Europe during World War II.
His marriage to Mildred Tate ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Constance P., of Washington; a daughter by his first marriage, Janice Tate Frazier, and a sister, Ozana T. Hunter, both of Knoxville; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
JOHN J. FAHEY
John Joseph Fahey, 79, a surveyor with the D.C. government for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1974, died of cancer Aug. 28 at his home in Hillcrest Heights.
Mr. Fahey, who was born in Philadelphia, moved to the Washington area in 1941. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and the Far East.
Survivors include four sisters, Marie Richmond of Camp Springs, Marie S. Lee of Clearfield, Pa., and Margaret E. Padgett and Catherine M. Fahey, both of Hillcrest Heights.
HELEN S. FENDRICK
Helen Shannon Fendrick, 80, a secretary with the Navy Department for 36 years before retiring in 1981, died Aug. 27 at George Washington University Hospital after a stroke. She lived in Washington.
Miss Fendrick, who was a native of Pittsburgh, came here in 1941. She attended American University.
She was a past chapter officer of the National Secretaries Association and a member of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, the Pennsylvania Historical Junto and the Club of the Americas.
She leaves no immediate survivors.
Hugh McLellan, 82, who was the golf pro at the Glenn Dale Golf Club from 1952 until he retired in 1980, died Aug. 27 at Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster, Md., after a heart attack. He was stricken at his home in Union Bridge, Md.
A native of Prestwick, Scotland, Mr. McLellan came to the United States in 1946. Before becoming the pro at the Glenn Dale club, he worked at the Baltimore Country Club and for the Department of the Army at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.
He was a life member of the Professional Golfers Association.
He leaves no immediate survivors.
Inter-American Bank Official
Mario Solorzano, 67, a retired official of the Inter-American Development Bank, died of pneumonia Aug. 28 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.
A resident of Shady Grove Nursing Home in Rockville at the time of his death, Mr. Solorzano was born in Managua, Nicaragua. In 1952, he moved to the Washington area. He graduated from the business school of Columbus University.
Mr. Solorzano worked for the World Bank before joining the IADB in the late 1950s. At different times he was responsible for bank operations in Mexico, Brazil and Paraguay. He retired in 1979 and moved to Costa Rica.
In 1983, Mr. Solorzano returned to the Washington area for treatment of injuries he sustained in a fall. He lived in Fairfax, Frederick, Md., and Montgomery Village before moving to the nursing home a year ago.
Mr. Solorzano was a member of the IADB Retirees Association.
His marriages to Tina Marie Estrada, Grace L. Lund and Rena Solorzano ended in divorce.
Survivors include a daughter by his first marriage, Yvonne L. Orem of Clarksville, Md.; two children by his second marriage, Linda Allison of Norfolk and Brenda Marks of Frederick; and eight grandchildren.