Paul Henry Oehser, 92, a writer who retired as the editor in chief of the Smithsonian Institution editorial division, died of a stroke Dec. 4 at the Glenstone Health Care Center in Boone, N.C. He had lived in the Washington area from the 1920s to the late 1980s.

Mr. Oehser, a native of Cherry Creek, N.Y., was a 1925 graduate of Greenville College in Illinois. That year, he moved to Washington, where he became a scientific editor for the Agriculture Department's Bureau of Biological Survey. In the early 1930s, he joined the editorial division of the Smithsonian Institution, and he became the editor in chief in the mid-1950s. He remained in that position until his 1962 retirement. After retirement, he was an editor of scientific reports for the National Geographic Society until 1975.

He wrote "Sons of Science" and "The Smithsonian Institution" history books, as well as two books of poetry "Fifty Poems" and "The Witch of Scrapfaggot Green."

A conservationist, Mr. Oehser served on the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society and was a member of the Washington Biologists Field Club, the Literary Society and the Thoreau Society. He was a past president of the Cosmos Club and had been club secretary and editor of the Cosmos Club Bulletin.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Grace Edgbert Oehser of Boone; two sons, Richard E. Oehser of Boone and Gordon V. Oehser of Oakland, Calif.; and four grandchildren.


Longtime Resident

May E. Cardones, 84, who had lived in the Washington area for more than 60 years, died of a stroke Dec. 16 at Fairland Nursing Home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Cardones, a native of Baltimore, moved to the Washington area in the early 1930s and worked briefly as a seamstress. In 1950, she married Nick E. Cardones and moved to Silver Spring.

She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Church in Aspen Hill and Wheaton Presbyterian Church.

Her husband died in 1970.

Survivors include a granddaughter and five great-grandchildren. A daughter, Marcella Blair, died in 1993.



Louis Silver, 74, a retired copy editor at U.S. News & World Report magazine, died Dec. 13 at Sunrise Assisted Care Facility in Oakton. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Silver, who lived in Fairfax, was born in Rolling Fork, Miss., and graduated from the University of Mississippi. He received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

From 1947 to 1949, Mr. Silver worked in the public relations office of the University of Mississippi, then joined the news staff of the Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis. He later became the paper's real estate editor.

He joined the copy desk of U.S. News & World Report in Washington in 1972 and worked at the magazine until retiring in 1989.

Mr. Silver was a member of Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, where he edited the temple bulletin, maintained the archives and served as president of the Beth El Brotherhood.

He was a member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Silver of Fairfax.


Army Officer

Edward L. Sievers, 78, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who was district sales manager for an advertising firm, died of prostate cancer Dec. 18 at his home in Odenton.

Col. Sievers, a native of Johnstown, Pa., worked for S.S. Kresge Co. in Akron, Ohio, before World War II.

He served in the Pacific and Burma during the war and in Korea after the war. He also was posted to Germany, Hawaii and Maryland. He served in intelligence assignments before retiring in 1966.

He worked for Shaw Burton Advertising and retired again in the early 1980s.

Col. Sievers was president of the Odenton Improvement Association, which honored him as Citizen of the Year in 1984. He was treasurer of the Odenton Kiwanis Club and a Mason. He also was honored by the Anne Arundel County Council for his work on a committee concerned with the renovation of Arundel Senior High School.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mildred Baumgardner Sievers of Odenton; three children, Edward L. Sievers Jr. of Severna Park, Ruth A. Sievers of Arlington and Gary L. Sievers of Ellicott City; a sister, Margaret Troutman of Lewiston, Pa.; a brother, Robert Sievers of Mentor, Ohio; and three grandchildren.


CPA and Economist

Mable Inness Wallich, 69, a former research economist who had been a certified public accountant since 1975, died of cancer Dec. 18 at Fairfax Hospital. She had lived in McLean for 22 years.

Mrs. Wallich was a native of Floral Park, N.Y., and a graduate of Barnard College. She received a master's degree in economics from Columbia University.

She was a researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York in the late 1940s and then assisted her husband, Henry C. Wallich, in his economic research at Yale University. He later was a governor of the Federal Reserve Board.

Mrs. Wallich worked in the Washington area with the Emory Moore accounting firm early in her career.

She was a member of the McLean Choral Society and the Altar Guild at St. John's Episcopal Church in McLean, where she also taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Fortnighters Bible Study and Friends of the National Zoo, and a volunteer with organizations that included the Cub Scouts.

Her husband died in 1988.

Survivors include three children, Christine Wallich of McLean, Anna Kehoe of Bedford, N.H., and Paul Wallich of New York; a sister, Anita Pereida of Connecticut; a brother, Charles Inness-Brown of California; and three grandchildren.


Defense Official

Maurice H. Lanman Jr., 83, who retired in 1973 from the Defense Department as assistant general counsel for fiscal matters, died of a stroke Dec. 17 at his home in Kensington.

Mr. Lanman was a Washington native and a graduate of Central High School and George Washington University's law school. He served in the Navy during World War II.

He worked for the General Accounting Office before the war and joined the Defense Department legal staff in 1946. After he retired, he was senior consultant to the National Council of Community Hospitals.

He was a member of the Holy Name Society at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington and the Catholic War Veterans.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn M. Lanman of Kensington; eight children, Maurice H. Lanman III of Fort Worth, Regina M. Morgan of Kensington, Raymond V. Lanman of St. Joseph, Mo., Charles F. Lanman of Belmont, Calif., Thomas B. Lanman of Concord, N.H., Evelyn Williams and Michael P. Lanman, both of Midlothian, Va., and Bart J. Lanman of Silver Spring.


CIA Teacher

Norma Joene Bisaccia, 75, who retired in the mid-1980s after about 15 years as a Latin and Greek teacher at Robinson High School in Springfield, died of cancer Dec. 13 at her Springfield home. She had lived in the Washington area off and on since the 1950s. Mrs. Bisaccia was a native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Vermont. She received a master's degree in English from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio.

She began her teaching career at a high school in Orleans, Vt., in the 1940s. She later accompanied her husband to Army posts in Germany and the United States. She was a tutor after she retired.

Mrs. Bisaccia was a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Springfield.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, retired Army Col. Leonard J. Bisaccia of Springfield; two daughters, Jolen Aubin of Manassas and Fay B. Gilpin of West Chester, Pa.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Church Member

Esther D. Hardy, 98, a member of the Ladies Guild at Trinity Episcopal Church in Takoma Park, died of pneumonia Dec. 19 at Washington Adventist Hospital. She lived in Takoma Park.

Mrs. Hardy was a native of Monroe, S.D., who moved to the Washington area in 1925. She worked until the 1930s as a secretary with the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. and Lincoln Life Insurance Co. and as a stenographer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Her interests included golf. She was a member of Brooke Manor Country Club.

Her husband of 68 years, William Hardy, died a year ago.

Survivors include three children, James Hardy of Edgewater, Nelle Burns of Williamsburg and John Hardy of Rockville; a sister, Ruth Rozeboom of Rock Rapids, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.



Nathan Winthrop Bass, 79, a retired industrialist who had been vice president and Washington representative for Brush Beryllium and its successor company, Brush Wellman, Inc., in Cleveland, died Dec. 17 at his home in Mitchellville. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Bass was born in New York and graduated from Cornell University. From 1943 to 1945, he served in Washington on the War Production Board.

During his professional career, he had served on several international trade advisory committees.

As Brush Beryllium's Washington representative, he was in Washington on business on a regular basis.

He had lived in the Washington area since 1988.

Mr. Bass was a member of the Annapolis Friends Meeting and Woodmore Country Club in Mitchellville.

He was an accomplished amateur flutist.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Audrey DeJong Bass of Mitchellville; three children, Andrew Freeman Bass of Vienna, Thomas Alden Bass of Clinton, N.Y., and Paris, and Barbara DeJong Bass of Hollywood; and four grandchildren.


Senior Policy Analyst

Melinda M. Upp, 51, a senior policy analyst who had worked for the Social Security Administration since 1979, died Dec. 9 at Georgetown University Hospital of a stroke. She had rheumatoid arthritis.

Miss Upp, a resident of Columbia, was co-author of the book "Social Security in the 21st Century" and had published articles on social services.

She was a native of Toledo and attended Northwestern University. She received a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Miss Upp, who was known as Mindy, was a reporter and editor for the Hollister newspaper chain in Wilmette, Ill., from 1963 to 1970, when she moved to Washington.

She began her career here as an aide to the assistant director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. She later was chief of public affairs at the National Institute of Education at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. She was an editor at the Congressional Budget Office before joining Social Security.

She leaves no immediate survivors.



Ann Rosenbloth, 85, who retired as a senior illustrator for the U.S. Information Agency in 1966, died of a heart attack Dec. 10 at George Washington University Hospital.

Ms. Rosenbloth, a native of Newport News, Va., moved to Washington when she was young and graduated from Eastern High School. She attended the National Academy of Design in New York before becoming an instructor with the Works Progress Administration there.

In 1942, she returned to Washington and worked as an illustrator with the Bureau of Engraving. She began working for the U.S. Information Agency shortly after its creation in 1953. After retirement, she worked briefly in the advertising department for the Hecht Co. In 1970, she began her own company, Art Mart Show & Sell, and produced sidewalk art shows throughout the area. She also taught arts and crafts for a number of years with the D.C. Department of Recreation.

Survivors include her sister, Lillian Leibovitch of Silver Spring.



Constantine A. Bonos, 97, who operated the Potomac Restaurant in Georgetown for 20 years in the 1950s and 1960s, died of cancer and emphysema Dec. 17 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Bonos was born in Euboea, Greece, and came to the United States at age 16. He lived in New York before settling in the Washington area in 1926.

His marriage to Florence Baker ended in divorce, and his second wife, Virginia Spain, died in 1950.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Loretta Bonos and Demetrious Bonos, both of Washington.