Robert Warren Barnett, 85, a U.S. diplomat who served as deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific from 1963 until his retirement in 1970, died of cancer and pneumonia July 25 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Barnett, who lived in Washington, began his diplomatic career in 1945, shortly after serving as chief combat intelligence officer with the Army Air Forces during World War II. He quickly developed an expertise in Asian affairs and served as a member of the State Department's economics and reparations committees of the Far East Commission, which dealt with the postwar occupation of Japan.
In 1951, he became involved in U.S.-China policy as officer in charge of China economic affairs. About that time, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy came out with a list of 26 State Department officials who he said were suspected of being communist sympathizers. Mr. Barnett and his wife, Patricia, a foreign affairs consultant, were on the list.
Mr. Barnett vigorously defended himself and his wife, calling the charges "preposterous." After being cleared of any wrongdoing, he continued his Foreign Service career but was reassigned to Western European affairs. He returned to Asian affairs in the early 1960s, first as deputy director of the foreign economic advisory staff, then as deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs, a post he held under Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon. During his years there, he worked toward normalization of U.S.-China relations and was a key figure in negotiating an Indonesian debt settlement in 1967.
After his retirement from the State Department in 1970, he served as director of the Washington Center of the Asia Society and administrative director of the Williamsburg meetings, a series of annual Pacific region conferences of Asian leaders.
From 1979 to 1985, he was a resident associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
He wrote a half-dozen books that dealt with Asian affairs; his most recent, "Wandering Knights: China Legacies, Lived and Recalled," was published in 1990.
He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, Association for Asian Studies, Cosmos Club and Chevy Chase Club.
Mr. Barnett, the son of American missionary parents, was born in Shanghai. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also received a master's degree in economics. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University. He later studied Chinese language and history at Yale University and international affairs at Harvard University.
His marriage to Patricia Barnett ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Burrows Barnett of Washington; three children from his first marriage, Eugenia Lois Barnett of Philadelphia, Dickson Glover Barnett of Warsaw, N.Y., and Robert W. Barnett Jr. of Greenbelt; a sister, Eugenia Barnett Schultheis of Arlington; two brothers, H. DeWitt Barnett of Greensboro, N.C., and A. Doak Barnett of McLean; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. ANDREW J. DOUGHERTY Air Force Colonel and Senior Fellow
Andrew J. Dougherty, 67, a retired Air Force colonel and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington, died of cancer July 19 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.
For the last five years he had lived in Washington, where he was author of a variety of publications for the Economic Strategy Institute and the government. He also lived in Pittsford, N.Y.
He was born in Downingtown, Pa. and joined the Air Force in 1950. In 1952, he was commissioned an officer and received his wings as a fighter pilot. He participated in combat operations as a pilot in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
While serving in the Air Force, Col. Dougherty graduated from the University of Nebraska and received a master's degree in business administration from Bradley University. He was director of research at the National Defense University and executive assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of defense for education. He retired from military service in 1978.
His decorations included a Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army and Air Force Commendation medals and a Defense Superior Service Medal.
From 1979 to 1991, he was executive assistant to the president of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Marjorie Schrader Dougherty of Pittsford; and two daughters, Julie M. Dougherty of Pittsford and Lisa Dougherty Kenna of New Haven, Conn. GRACE LORRAINE REISE Social Worker
Grace Lorraine Reise, 70, a social worker who retired in 1992 after 20 years with the Montgomery County Department of Social Services, died of cancer July 24 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Ashton.
Mrs. Reise, who specialized in adult services, also worked as a volunteer with developmentally disabled young adults in Montgomery.
She was born in Lisborn, Alberta, and raised in Two Rivers, Wis. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. She was a social worker in Wisconsin before moving to the Washington area in the mid-1950s. Mrs. Reise was president of the United Methodist Women and a member of the Health and Welfare Committee at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Silver Spring. She was also a Boy Scout volunteer and a volunteer at the Laurel Children's Center.
Survivors include her husband, William Richard Reise of Ashton; five children, Richard Karl Reise of Gaithersburg, Thomas James Reise of Damascus, James Michael Reise of Ijamsville, Robert William Reise of Laurel and Linda Diane Reise Brainard of Clarksville; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren. BARBARA BOLLING FULLER Dress Shop Owner
Barbara Bolling Fuller, 78, a Washington native who co-owned Shands and Fleming, a retail dress shop on Florida Avenue, for more than 50 years until it closed in 1983, died of lung cancer July 25 at the Washington Home Hospice.
Mrs. Fuller, a fifth-generation Washingtonian, was a 1937 graduate of Holton-Arms School. She was a member of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington and the Women's Board of the Washington Cathedral Choral Society, where she created an endowment fund for young artists. She was also a member of the Property Council of the Woodrow Wilson House.
Her marriage to Cary Fuller ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, Cary C. Fuller of New York and Richard B. Fuller of Washington; and a brother. MARCELLE O'SHAUGHNESSY RIVELLO Potomac Resident
Marcelle O'Shaughnessy Rivello, 74, a Potomac resident who was a 1941 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, died of emphysema July 23 at her home.
Mrs. Rivello, who was born in Pittsburgh, came to the Washington area as a toddler and grew up in Bethesda. She was a graduate of the University of Maryland and a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served as a member and officer of the Suburban Hospital Board of Trustees in Bethesda from 1970 to 1985.
Her husband, Robert M. Rivello, died in 1991.
Survivors include her four children, Robert J. Rivello of Potomac, David M. Rivello of Salisbury, Md., Susan R. Ledgerwood of Herndon and Anne R. Darron of Fredericksburg, Va.; a brother; and four grandsons.VIRGINIA NICKLIN SPRUILL Church Volunteer
Virginia Nicklin Spruill, 78, a founding member and volunteer at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bethesda, died July 22 at Suburban Hospital of head and other injuries resulting from an accidental fall June 26 down stairs at her home in North Potomac.
Mrs. Spruill was born in Cumberland, Md., where she was valedictorian of her class at Allegheny High School. She moved to Washington in 1938. She graduated from the Washington School for Secretaries in 1940.
She was a former treasurer of the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Episcopal Center for Children in Washington. At St. Luke's, she was active in the church bazaar and the altar guild.
In the early 1980s, she was executive director of the Association of Cinema and Video Laboratories.
She was a member of Bethesda Country Club.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Dudley Spruill of North Potomac; three children, D. Brian Spruill of Westlake, Calif., Nancy Southmayd of North Potomac and Jeffrey Spruill of Falls Church; a sister; and seven grandchildren. BARBARA WEAVER SPEARMAN Physical Therapist
Barbara Weaver Spearman, 90, a retired physical therapist, died of a stroke July 21 at Wilson Health Care Center at Asbury Methodist Center in Gaithersburg.
Mrs. Spearman was born in Providence, R.I. She attended an institute that later became part of Boston University and then trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the 1930s. She worked for physicians and was in private practice until the 1970s.
She was a member of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington.
Her husband, John Spearman, died in 1958.
Survivors include a sister, Frances Weaver Lathrop-Drew of Barrington, R.I. ALICE DELIGHT DENSMORE NORTH Registrar
Alice Delight Densmore North, 92, who was the registrar at Montgomery Blair High School for 25 years until her retirement in 1974, died of congestive heart failure July 25 at Shady Grove Adventist Nursing Center in Rockville.
Mrs. North, a Takoma Park resident since 1935, was born in Chelsea, Vt. She worked as a bank teller and attended a secretarial school in Vermont before moving to the Washington area in the mid-1930s.
She began her career as a secretary to the principal at the old Silver Spring Intermediate School in the 1940s and then joined Montgomery Blair High School in 1950.
She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Takoma Park and past president of the Montgomery County Secretary Association. She was a volunteer with the Reach to Recovery Unit of the Montgomery County chapter of the American Cancer Society and at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in Silver Spring.
Her husband, William R. North Jr., died in 1964.
Survivors include two sons, William R. North III of Natick, Mass., and Gordon Densmore North of Rockville; and three grandchildren. CYRIL FRANKLIN HORTON Aeronautical Engineer
Cyril Franklin Horton, 87, a retired Defense Department aeronautical engineer who designed military cargo vehicles, died of kidney failure July 22 at a medical center in Snellville, Ga.
Mr. Horton, a longtime Arlington resident, moved to Georgia in 1995. He worked for the office of the Secretary of Defense from 1956 until his retirement 1988. Earlier, he worked for the Bureau of Standards.
He was born in Warrenton, N.C., and raised in Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Wyoming and served as a commander with the Navy during World War II.
He was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Arlington.
His wife, Alice Shepherd Horton, whom he married in 1942, died in 1971. Survivors include two children, Ellen T. Horton of Arlington and Jeffrey C. Horton of Lilburn, Ga.; and a brother.