Kent T. Cushenberry, 50, a retired IBM executive whose involvement in local business and civic affairs included the chairmanship of the Washington Convention Center, died of cancer March 25 at Howard University Hospital. He had lived in Washington since 1976.

Mr. Cushenberry, who also chaired the United Way Campaign and the Metropolitan YMCA, was part of a politically connected group of business executives who emerged as community leaders in the 1980s. He was president of a partnership, Kent of Washington Inc., that competed more than a decade ago to own Channel 14, Washington's UHF television channel.

As Convention Center chairman, he had long advocated construction of a second convention facility, saying it was needed to make the District competitive with other cities. While chairing the YMCA, he helped spearhead a fund-raising drive to refurbish the historic Anthony Bowen Y.

Mr. Cushenberry was a native of Mayfield, Ky., and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

He joined IBM in the early 1970s in Chicago, where he was an account manager. He was later director of community relations and corporate government relations program director for IBM in Washington. Since retiring from IBM in 1991, he had been head of the Cushenberry Group, a lobbying and public policy consulting firm.

Mr. Cushenberry received presidential citations from Presidents Carter and Reagan for national leadership and for advancing employment opportunities. He also was awarded the Whitney M. Young Award of the Urban League and the National Brotherhood Citation of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

He served on the boards of directors of the National Alliance of Business, the Bullis School, the Washington Urban League, the United Negro College Fund, the Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade, Washington Hospital Center, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Foundation, the National Capital Children's Museum and the Washington Performing Arts Society.

Survivors include his wife, La Carion Cushenberry, and two children, Gina and Kent Cushenberry Jr., all of Washington; two brothers, James, of Minneapolis, and Marvin, of Denver; and two half-brothers, Ray House of Willingboro, N.J., and Fredrick Morris of Racine, Wis.


Sandoz Vice President

Gerald S. Kantorow, 65, vice president for regulatory affairs of the Sandoz pharmaceutical company here, died of cancer March 25 at his home in Gaithersburg.

Mr. Kantorow was a pharmacy graduate of the University of Maryland and a 1956 graduate of Georgetown University law school. He served in the Army in Korea during the conflict there.

He was a pharmacist in his native Baltimore before joining the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company here in the early 1960s as a regulatory specialist. In 1974, he joined Merck & Co. as regulatory affairs director. He held that post until joining Sandoz, where he had worked since 1987.

Much of his pharmaceutical career had involved gaining government approval for the marketing of new drugs.

Mr. Kantorow was a member of the Army & Navy Club. His hobbies included watching Baltimore Orioles and Washington Redskins games.

Survivors include his wife, the former Barbara West Myers, whom he married in 1959, and two sons, Marc and Sean, all of Gaithersburg; and a daughter, Sonia Kantorow, and a brother, Ben, both of Baltimore.


Government Economist

Gorti V.L. Narasimham, 63, a Commerce Department economist who had worked for the government since moving to the Washington area in 1971, died March 23 at his home in Rockville. He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Dr. Gorti began his government career as a senior economist with the Commerce Department's economic analysis bureau. After serving as an acting division director in the International Trade Administration, where he spent two years, he was loaned to the Treasury Department in 1986.

From 1986 to 1992, he was chief economist and project director of a joint U.S.-Saudi economic cooperation project. During that time, he worked at the National Center for Financial and Economic Information in Riyadh. He then returned to the Commerce Department in Washington and his ALS was diagnosed.

Dr. Gorti had been an adjunct professor of economics at Howard University from 1972 to 1986.

He was an authority on econometrics and mathematical analysis in economics. He had been a consultant to such organizations as the Agriculture Department and the United Nations and also had been a Fulbright professor in Asia and Africa.

Dr. Gorti received master's degrees in economics and statistics from Andhra University in his native India. He came to the United States in the early 1960s and received a doctorate in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining the government, he had taught at New York, Kansas State, Iowa State and Western Michigan universities.

He was a past president of the Greater Washington Telugu Cultural Society. He was a member of the Econometric Society, the American Economics and Statistical societies, and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honor society.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Annapurna, and a daughter, Seetha Gorti, both of Rockville; a son, Dr. Subbarao Gorti of Philadelphia; and a grandson.


World Bank Vice President

Bernard Raymond Bell, 82, an economist and retired vice president for East Asia of the World Bank, died of cancer March 28 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Bell joined the World Bank in 1964. He also had served as director of its India mission, deputy director of the bank, director of the resident staff in Indonesia and vice president for East Africa. He retired in 1977, but had continued to work as a consultant to the bank.

He was born in Philadelphia, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and was a research assistant at Yale University. In 1935, he joined the Department of Agriculture. He served in Albuquerque and later in Berkeley, Calif., before moving to Washington at the beginning of World War II.

During the war, he was director of the division of economic analysis with the Office of Inter-American Affairs and later served with the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey.

From 1946 to 1953, Mr. Bell was chief economist of the Export-Import Bank. He was director of the economic survey staff of the prime minister of Israel from 1953 to 1955, then formed Bass, Bell and Associates, which had offices in Washington and Jerusalem. Before joining the World Bank, he was chairman and partner of the Surveys and Research Corp. in Washington.

He also had been a consulting economist for the government of Indonesia and a member of the board of directors of the Housing Development Finance Corp. in Bombay from 1980 to 1989.

His first wife, Jackie Hunter Bell, died in 1977. Survivors include his wife, Judith Tumbelaka Bell of Washington; two daughters from his first marriage, Carolyn Pancoast of Gaithersburg and Wendy Lane of Manasquan, N.J.; a sister, Harriet Segal of Philadelphia; three grandchildren; and five stepchildren.


Management Analyst

W. Lane Van Neste, 69, a retired Army Materiel Command management analyst, died of cancer March 26 at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Van Neste retired from the Army Materiel Command in 1981 after 15 years of service. He began his government career here with the National Archives in 1949. He also had worked for several agencies within the Navy Department and for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

An Alexandria resident, he was born in Bound Brook, N.J. He served in the Army in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, then settled in Washington after the war. He graduated from George Washington University.

His marriage to Phyllis W. Van Neste ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Karen V.N. Owen of Midlothian, Va., and Karl F. Van Neste of Gaithersburg; a twin sister, Mildred Gulick of Bound Brook; and a grandson.


Women's Clubs Chairman

B. Louise Cox Morell, 95, former chairman of the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs and executive secretary of the Montgomery County Tuberculosis Association, died March 24 of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Lake Forest, Ill.

A native of Washington, she moved from Bethesda to Lake Forest two years ago. Mrs. Morell was a graduate of Central High School. She attended Southern Seminary in Buena Vista, Va.

She was past president of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Public Health Lay Committee, the Bethesda Newcomb Club and the Montgomery County YMCA, which she helped found. She was a charter member of the Montgomery County Community Chest and an organizer of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase USO. She also was a member of the Montgomery County Public Health Lay Council, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Ark and Dove, Magna Carta Dames, Colonial Dames, the Jamestown Society and the group that began Suburban Hospital.

Mrs. Morell published a book of genealogy and translated another.

Her husband, William Nelson Morell, died in 1971, and a son, Charles Acker Morell, died in 1989. Survivors include four children, William Nelson Morell Jr. of Lake Forest, Caroline Louise Parker of Cibolo, Tex., Marcia Millicent Crockett of Rockville, and Constance Anne Fraser of Severna Park; a brother, James B. Cox of Richmond; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.



Mary Beckett Harris, 81, a former clerical worker, died of a heart attack March 25 at her home in Arlington.

Mrs. Harris was a native of Lanham and a graduate of Hyattsville High School. She attended Virginia State Teachers College, now Mary Washington College, in Fredericksburg.

She was a clerical worker for the Garfinckel department store in the 1930s and for the D.C. Tax Office in the 1940s.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a volunteer with the American Red Cross during World War II.

Her first husband, Edward E. Bailey Jr., died in 1947, and her second husband, Virgil E. Harris, died in 1981. Survivors include two sisters, Laura B. Walker of Berkeley, Calif., and Lucy Galpin of Arlington.