The obituary yesterday of Ralph E. Willison, who died of injuries received in an auto accident, should have said that his car was hit broadside by a vehicle going north on Connecticut Avenue and pushed into a third vehicle that was exiting the Aspen Hill Shopping Center. (Published 8/19/94)
Thomas W. Braden III, 33, a reporter on the Aspen (Colo.) Daily News and a specialist in the use of computers in investigative journalism, was killed Aug. 9 in a traffic accident near Gunnison, Colo.
He was a son of Tom Braden, a Washington newspaper columnist and the author of "Eight Is Enough," a book about his life and his eight children. The book was the basis of the television series of the same name that appeared on ABC from 1977 to 1981. Thomas Braden III was the model for the character Tommy Bradford.
Colorado State Patrol investigators said Mr. Braden lost control of his car on a turn on a mountain road and collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr. Braden was born in Oceanside, Calif. His family moved to the Washington area and settled in Chevy Chase when he was about 10. He attended Georgetown Day School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High, where he graduated.
He later graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and he received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
In the 1980s, he was a reporter at the Greenfield (Mass.) Recorder and at Newsday on Long Island. While studying at the University of Missouri, he was city editor of the Columbia Missourian.
In 1989, he moved to Seattle and started a company that did investigative reporting. In 1993, he moved to Aspen and joined the Aspen Daily News.
Survivors include his parents, Tom and Joan Braden of Woodbridge; two brothers, David Braden of Taipei, Taiwan, and Nicholas Braden of Alexandria; and five sisters, Mary Braden Poole of Alexandria, Joannie Braden Ridder and Nancy Braden Basta, both of Denver, Susan Braden Zarker of Takoma Park and Elizabeth Braden of Winsted, Conn.
JAMES N.L. HALL
James N.L. Hall, 31, a former financial analyst with Adams National Bank, died Aug. 4 at George Washington University Hospital. He had AIDS.
Mr. Hall, a resident of Washington since 1988, sued the bank in 1991, saying he had been fired because of his illness. Adams National officials said Mr. Hall was let go during a reorganization and contended they did not know about his illness. A settlement was reached in the case in June, but the bank has since challenged it, claiming the terms of the agreement were violated.
Mr. Hall was a native of Denver and a graduate of the University of Denver. He was an Army Reserve officer.
He was a claims examiner at the Office of Personnel Management before joining the bank. He also was a counselor for the Inner City AIDS Network.
Survivors include his mother, Alvarice Jeannette Hall, a sister, Sandra Hall, and four brothers, Walter, Gary, Eric and Gregg Hall, all of Denver.
DOROTHY F. HOGAN
Dorothy F. Hogan, 84, a retired clerk-typist who worked for the Agriculture Department from the mid-1960s until 1972, died of pneumonia Aug. 15 at her home in Laurel. She had lived in the Washington area since 1945.
Mrs. Hogan was a native of New York and a graduate of Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Mass. She worked part time at the Government Printing Office before joining the Agriculture Department.
Mrs. Hogan was a founding member of St. John Baptist de la Salle Catholic Church in Chillum, where she was a member of the Sodality of Our Lady, Post Cana, the Ladies of Charity, the Daughters of Isabella, the Chillum/St. John's Senior Citizens Club and the Postmistresses. She was a volunteer with So Others Might Eat.
Her husband, Joseph F. Hogan, died in 1967.
Survivors include eight children, Ella Marstaller of Rockville, Joseph Hogan of Glenn Dale, David Hogan of Beltsville, Daniel Hogan of Silver Spring, Marion Vecchiarelli and Rel Hogan, both of College Park, Dorothy Bradford of Laurel and Patricia Becker of Beltsville; a sister, Marion Ferrenz of Silver Spring; 20 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
RALPH E. WILLISON
Ralph E. Willison, 78, an engineer who retired in 1982 after 19 years with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, died at Suburban Hospital Aug. 12 of injuries suffered that day in an automobile accident in Aspen Hill.
A spokeswoman for the Montgomery County police said Mr. Willison was entering the Aspen Hill Shopping Center from Connecticut Avenue when his Toyota Tercel was struck by a car exiting the center and pushed across the road into a third vehicle.
Mr. Willison was a resident of Silver Spring and a native of Masillon, Ohio. He was a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and worked on wartime development of an airborne early warning system.
He was a radar engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory Field Station in Boston and chief engineer at Research Cottrell Inc. in New Jersey before moving to the Washington area in 1963.
His projects at Johns Hopkins included geodetic satellite design, testing and monitoring. He held six patents in the field of electronic engineering.
Mr. Willison was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Severn Sailing Association and Eta Kappa Nu and Theta Tau engineering societies. He was a director of the Silver Spring YMCA.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Willison of Silver Spring; two children, Jane Indyke of Bel Air, Md., and James Willison of Chatham, N.J.; a brother, John Willison of St. Louis; and two grandchildren.