George Waldemar DeFranceaux II, 83, a retired Washington mortgage banker and developer who was chairman of the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships, died Jan. 27 at a hospital in Lafayette, La., where he had lived since 1992. He had a heart ailment.
Mr. DeFranceaux was an executive of NCHP from 1969 to 1983. The corporation is a private entity created by Congress in 1968 to encourage participation by private enterprise in housing for moderate-income families.
He was an officer and director for 30 years of Frederick W. Berens Inc., a mortgage banking investment firm that also managed and developed real estate. He formed and headed Associated Mortgage Cos., which acquired Berens.
Associated Mortgage was the third-largest mortgage company in the country when it became a subsidiary of First Pennsylvania Corp. It was the first firm to issue the mortgage-backed securities of the Government National Mortgage Association. Mr. DeFranceaux also headed the Allied Small Business Investment Co., which provided venture capital to small businesses.
Mr. DeFranceaux was a native of Washington and a graduate of Eastern High School. He began his career in 1935, as a salesman with Moss Realty. After he retired from NCHP, he owned and managed Waterfront Homes, a real estate and brokerage firm on the Eastern Shore. He also was chief executive of First Mortgage Services of Easton, Md.
He lived in Potomac, Washington and St. Michaels, Md., before moving to Louisiana, where he was a real estate broker.
Mr. DeFranceaux received the national award of the National Housing Conference, which named him Housing Person of the Year in 1980.
He was president of the Washington Board of Realtors and the Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington, a director of the National Association of Realtors and the Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade, and a member of the Fannie Mae Advisory Committee.
He also was a member of Congressional Country Club, the University Club of Washington and the Potomac Polo Club.
In addition, he was a member of the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, a founding board member of the Catholic Youth Organization of Washington, chairman of the building-fund drive at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac and a national director of Goodwill Industries. He was a knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ada Moss DeFranceaux of Lafayette; four children, George Jefferson DeFranceaux of Florida, Donald Moss DeFranceaux of Washington, Diane Anna Grod of Winchester, Calif., and Kaye Ann Leonard of Woodbine, Md.; a sister, Maybelle Utt of West Virginia; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
J. DON KERLIN
J. Don Kerlin, 89, a former legislative aide in the old Bureau of the Budget who later was a staff member of the Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee, died of lung cancer Jan. 28 at the Westminster retirement community in Lake Ridge.
After retiring from the government in 1962, Mr. Kerlin became a lobbyist for Time Inc., Reuben H. Donnelley Corp., the National Association of Letter Carriers and Seaboard World Airlines. He retired a second time in 1975.
Mr. Kerlin was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, and he attended the University of Iowa.
He first came to Washington in 1933 as administrative assistant to Rep. Otha D. Wearin (D-Iowa). In 1935, he went back to Iowa as deputy state director of the Works Progress Administration.
In 1939, Mr. Kerlin returned to Washington to work for the Federal Housing Administration. He remained there until 1947, when he joined the Bureau of the Budget, the forerunner of the Office of Management and Budget, as a specialist in personnel matters.
While with the bureau, he helped draft legislation that established graduated sick and annual leave policies for federal employees that are still in effect.
He later served as the bureau's liaison to Congress.
In 1955, Mr. Kerlin was appointed assistant staff director for the Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee.
There, he helped draft legislation involving health care for federal employees and cost-of-living adjustments for federal retirees.
Mr. Kerlin's first wife, Margaret Kerlin, died in 1958. His second wife, Ora Kerlin, died in 1992.
Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Dona Bentzien of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; three stepchildren, Lynn Knight of Fairfax, Robert Menzer of Washington and Nelle Morgan of Glen Rock, N.J.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
JOSEPH H. GIEBEL
Joseph H. Giebel, 77, a retired Defense Intelligence Agency senior systems analyst, died of a heart attack Jan. 26 at his home in Silver Spring.
Mr. Giebel was born in Washington, and he graduated from St. John's College High School and Georgetown University. During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific, where he participated in the amphibious assault on Peleliu and other combat operations. After the war, he was an Army reservist until retiring from military service in 1979 as a lieutenant colonel.
Returning to civilian life, he worked in the Office of International Trade at the Department of Commerce and then for eight years was a claims reviewer for the welfare and retirement fund of the United Mine Workers of America.
He was a research analyst at Georgetown University's School of Strategic Studies before joining the Defense Intelligence Agency as a senior systems analyst.
He retired there in 1979 after 20 years of service.
Mr. Giebel was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary P. Giebel of Silver Spring; four children, Joseph H. Giebel III of Charlottesville, Christine Giebel of Phoenix and Constance Giebel and Victoria Giebel, both of Los Angeles; a brother, Richard A. Giebel of Bethesda; and three grandchildren.
HARRY E. ROTHMAN
Harry E. Rothman, 86, a Government Accounting Office and General Services Administration accountant who retired from federal service in 1970, died of heart ailments Jan. 28 at Fairfax Hospital.
Mr. Rothman also was an artist whose specialties included acrylic paintings on canvas and oriental rice paper and collages on canvas. His work had been displayed in collections at the Smithsonian Institution and elsewhere.
Mr. Rothman, a resident of Alexandria, was born in New York and graduated from New York University. During World War II, he was an Army accountant. He began his civilian career with the government after the war.
He was a member of Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria. Survivors include his wife, Hortense Edna Rothman of Alexandria; and two children, Dorothy Rothman Lewy of Fairfax Station and David Hart Rothman of Alexandria.