The obituary Aug. 16 of Tulio Jodeph DeBardi failed to note that he is survived by his mother, Anna Palumbo DeBardi of Towson, Md. (Published 8/18/95)
Allan S. Bridge, 50, an artist and Washington native who published a magazine in New York based on his conceptual work, a "confession hot line," drowned Aug. 5 near Southampton, N.Y. Authorities said he was scuba diving in Shinnecock Inlet when he apparently was hit by a jet ski operator who left the scene.
Mr. Bridge, who was raised in Falls Church, exhibited his paintings, drawings, sculptures and other creations in Washington galleries before moving to New York in 1977. In Manhattan, he worked as a sculptor and creator of artistic devices that invited human participation. But increasingly, he turned to conceptual art, starting a free telephone confessional service that he called the Apology Line.
The project was the subject of television broadcasts, news stories and a long piece in New Yorker magazine about the unsuccessful search for a self-confessed serial killer who called the line. Mr. Bridge, who had asked to remain anonymous, was identified in the earlier reports only as Mr. Apology.
Mr. Bridge invited calls to his hot line by posting leaflets and placing advertisements. He said he wanted to record for later broadcast the confessions of "criminals: amateurs, professionals, blue collar, white collar." He asked them to describe in detail what they had done and how they felt about it.
"You have wronged people," he said in the notices. "It is to people that you must apologize, not to the state, not to God. Get your misdeeds off your chest." He said an aim of the project was "to free people of their pretensions by giving them an honest look at who they really are." People called the line to talk about voyeurism, domestic violence, bestiality and other subjects.
Initially, he played recordings of the anonymous confessions at museums and art shows. Later, he began putting some of the recorded confessions on the phone line, along with his own commentary. Two years ago, he started a magazine based on the calls, which came from across the country and began to average more 100 than a day. He said Apology Magazine, which has a circulation of more than 4,000, was an "archive of the secret life of Americans."
Mr. Bridge was a graduate of Falls Church High School and the University of Chicago. He received a master's degree in fine arts from American University. His work was exhibited at the Washington Gallery of Art, Middendorf Gallery, International Monetary Fund, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Project for the Arts and elsewhere. His paintings were hung in U.S. embassies abroad and in private collections.
His marriage to Elinor Bridge ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Marissa Bridge of New York; his parents, Lawrence and Kate Bridge, both of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and a brother, Raymond Bridge of Falls Church. BARBARA BROWNE BELFORD Former Resident
Barbara Browne Belford, 51, a former Washington resident who was a 1962 graduate of Western High School and 1966 graduate of Howard University, died of cancer Aug. 11 at her home in Oakland.
Mrs. Belford was born in Arkansas and moved to the Washington area at an early age. She moved to California in 1966. Since that time, she had taught high school and junior high school English in the Oakland area.
Survivors include her husband, Archie L. Belford of Oakland, and her mother, Sallie Lewis Browne, and a sister, Marsha G. Browne, both of Washington. ELIZABETH LIBBY' BOUCHER Realty Sales Agent
Elizabeth "Libby" Boucher, 77, a sales agent with Shannon and Luchs real estate in Northern Virginia for 18 years before retiring in 1993, died of heart ailments Aug. 10 at her home in Alexandria.
Mrs. Boucher was born in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama. During World War II, she worked for the Red Cross in France and Germany. Later, she served in a civilian capacity for a special services unit of the Army in Japan and then at Fort Meade. Her work included recreational and other services for members of the armed forces.
She lived in Hawaii and Massachusetts before settling in the Washington area 30 years ago.
Mrs. Boucher had done volunteer work for the Association of Retarded Citizens. She was a member of the Esther Circle of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria and the Stratford Woman's Club. She was a member of several bridge clubs.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Leo Boucher of Alexandria; two children, Cynthia Mason of Virginia Beach and Bart Boucher of Burke; and seven grandchildren. A son, Victor Boucher, died in 1968. TULIO JOSEPH DeBARDI Engineering Company Owner
Tulio Joseph DeBardi, 64, the owner for the last 19 years of Synergenic Systems engineering company in Centreville, died Aug. 13 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., after a heart attack. He was stricken while vacationing at Lake Anna, near Mineral, Va.
Mr. DeBardi, of Centreville, had lived in the Washington area for 38 years. He had been co-owner for two years of Big Mama's Deli in Woodbridge.
Mr. DeBardi was a native of Masontown, W.Va., and a graduate of West Virginia University. He received a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and did additional graduate work in business at Harvard University. He served in the Army in Germany during the Korean War.
Earlier in his career, he was an electrical engineer with Vitro Corp.
Survivors include his wife, Imogene DeBardi of Leesburg; nine children; four sisters; and six grandchildren. HELEN E. McCALL Shady Grove Business Owner
Helen E. McCall, 75, a former owner of a cabinetry business in Shady Grove, died of cancer Aug. 12 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.
Mrs. McCall, who lived in Washington and Chevy Chase from 1949 to 1961, was co-owner of McCall Millwork Co., which made cabinets for more than 20 years. She retired in 1970 while living in Comus, Md.
In her later years, Mrs. McCall, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, moved to Idaho. She later settled in Charlottesville.
Her husband, Charles S. McCall, died in 1989. Survivors include four daughters, Judy Adamsmoos of Big Timber, Mont., Jane Frontczak of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Toni Morgan of Brunswick, Md., and Kim Barnes of Stevensville, Md.; three brothers, Henry, John and Joseph Urbanos, all of Sioux City; a sister, Anne Postello of Sioux City; and four grandchildren. CATHERINE P. COOLEY Mount Vernon High School Teacher
Catherine P. Cooley, 81, a former English teacher at Mount Vernon High School and a 42-year resident of Alexandria, died of respiratory failure Aug. 12 at Fairfax Hospital.
She was the head of the English department and a senior class teacher at Mount Vernon High when she retired in 1977 after 24 years. She was a Latin teacher at Leesburg High School from 1942 to 1953. Her first teaching job was with Aldie High School in 1936. She later joined Lincoln High School.
Mrs. Cooley was born in Round Hill, Va., and graduated from what is now Mary Washington University.
Her first husband, Elmer A. Bodmer died in 1946. Her second husband, Donald G. Cooley, died in 1962.
Survivors include two sons from her first marriage, James B. and William B. Bodmer, both of Woodbridge; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.