Robert Thompson Secrest, 90, a Democrat who was a former Ohio congressman and Federal Trade Commission member, died May 15 in Cambridge, Ohio. The cause of death was not reported.
Mr. Secrest served three different tours in the House of Representatives from central Ohio. First elected in 1932, he resigned 10 years later to serve in the Navy in World War II. He was defeated in a 1946 reelection bid, then was a legal supervisor with the Library of Congress until winning reelection to the House in 1948. He served until resigning in 1954 to accept an appointment to the FTC.
At the conclusion of his seven-year FTC appointment, he served briefly as Ohio's commerce director before serving his last years in Congress, from 1963 to December 1966. He resigned after losing a race against another incumbent congressman, John Ashbrook (R). The two had been forced into the same district by reapportionment.
He served in the Ohio Senate from 1969 to 1973.
Mr. Secrest was born in Senecaville, Ohio. He was a 1926 graduate of Muskingum College in Ohio and a 1939 graduate of what is now American University Law School. He was a coal miner as a teenager and later was a schoolteacher and administrator in Ohio. He served in the Ohio statehouse in 1931 and 1932.
During his years in Congress, he was a colorful and forceful speaker whose nicknames included "Fighting Bob." A conservative Democrat, he represented what by most measures was a solidly Republican district and did it by emphasizing personal service and maintaining his image as a "middle of the road" politician.
He showed a personal fondness for chewing tobacco, a political fondness for building roads and post offices in his district and a generally favorable reaction to bills increasing veterans benefits. He opposed reciprocal trade agreements and resolutions to increase the national debt.
JOSEPH J. KILROY
Joseph J. Kilroy, 85, a field engineer who retired in the mid-1980s after 49 years with Potomac Electric Power Co., died of a heart attack May 12 at Fairfax Hospital. He moved to Colonial Beach, Va., from Camp Springs four years ago.
Mr. Kilroy, a Washington native, served in the Navy Reserve.
He was photographer for the Southgate Lions Club in Camp Springs and the local Lions International district and was a member of St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Washington.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Kilroy of Colonial Beach, and a daughter, Linda Bresnahan of Burke.