Joseph Francis Donelan Jr.

Foreign Service Officer

Joseph Francis Donelan Jr., 81, a Foreign Service officer who retired in 1973 after three years as assistant secretary of state for administration, died of cancer May 27 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Donelan had a 32-year career as a Foreign Service officer, which included service as counselor of the embassy in New Delhi during the India-China border war of 1962.

A few years earlier, he was principal officer at the U.S. Consulate in Nagoya, Japan, where he helped coordinate military and civilian disaster-relief aid after one of the deadliest typhoons struck the region. In recognition of his work in the latter crisis, he received the Department of State Superior Service Award.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Donelan had assignments involving financial and budgetary matters. After serving as an administrative officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, he returned to the State Department in the late 1950s to serve as director of finance and then deputy budget and financial officer.

He was born in New York. He worked for a securities firm in New York before entering the Army and serving as an ordnance officer during World War II. Later, while working as a management analyst for the Air Force, he attended and graduated from Georgetown University.

In retirement, Mr. Donelan was vice president of the New York-based Institute of International Education. He also served as director of the institute's Washington regional office and worked as a management consultant to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the State Department.

He was an active executive in DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired) and was involved in the DACOR Bacon House Foundation.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Lucille Donelan of Bethesda; four children, Jo Ann Link of St. Louis, Sharon Boss of Varneville, S.C., Barbara Donelan of Bethesda and Kathleen Donelan of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; a brother; a sister; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Darrell Raymond Crawford

Printing Specialist

Darrell Raymond Crawford, 80, a former Falls Church resident who retired in 1975 as a printing specialist with the Department of the Air Force, died of congestive heart failure May 26 at Leewood Nursing Home in Annandale, where he had lived since 1997.

Mr. Crawford, a native of Hartington, Neb., came to Washington in 1940 and began his civil service career with the Government Printing Office. He transferred to the Air Force in the 1950s.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Falls Church. As a volunteer, he collected clothing and food for charities in the Falls Church area.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mathilda Crawford of Falls Church; five children, Dian Crawford of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Barbara Mattare of Centreville, Dennis Crawford of Falls Church, Linda Robinson of Alexandria and Mindy Scott of Fairfax; four brothers; and five grandchildren.

Freda Colodny Maser

Zoo Assistant

Freda Colodny Maser, 99, a former assistant to directors of the National Zoo, died of heart disease May 25 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville.

Mrs. Maser was born in Burlington, Vt. She moved to Washington in 1926 with her husband, Maurice Maser, who was executive director of the Hebrew Home. He died in 1986. They were married for 65 years.

Mrs. Maser began her federal career during World War II, and she retired from the National Zoo about 15 years ago.

She was an honorary member of the board of the Hebrew Home and treasurer of the Hebrew Academy in Rockville, and she did volunteer work for the Metropolitan Heart Guild and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She received several awards for her work.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Avron Maser of Bethesda; a sister; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Richard Harold Ross

Airlie Director

Richard Harold Ross, 80, a retired Air Force colonel who was director of the Airlie Foundation conference center from 1969 to 1980, died of complications of diabetes May 24 at Culpeper Memorial Hospital. He lived in Warrenton.

Col. Ross was with Airlie, one of the first conference centers in the country, during the period when it expanded from small meeting facility to a major center used by government and industry.

He was a native of Thief River Falls, Minn., who attended the University of Minnesota and was a graduate of George Washington University. He received a master's degree in business from George Washington and a doctorate in higher education administration from the Union Institute of Cincinnati.

Col. Ross served in the military from 1941 to 1968, when he retired from a Pentagon assignment. He was a pilot in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. He served in Germany in the 1950s.

He was an assistant dean of the business school at George Washington after retiring from the Air Force. After he left Airlie, he was dean of business at Marymount University in Arlington until 1995.

His wife of 43 years, Olga Ross, died in 1987. Survivors include four children, Susan Tubbs of Berryville, Va., Carol Ross Joynt of Washington, David Ross of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Robert Ross of Warrenton; and three grandchildren.

Fred Burka


Fred Burka, 86, a Washington businessman whose interests included commercial real estate, movie theaters and a wine and liquor store, died of congestive heart failure May 27 at George Washington University Hospital. Mr. Burka had homes in Washington and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Over the years, Mr. Burka was active in commercial real estate as a builder, property manager and leasing agent. He was a principal in KB Theaters from 1951 to 1978, and he owned and operated Burka's Fine Wine and Liquor for several decades before selling it in 1961.

The liquor store was originally part of a grocery business run by his father in the 1930s.

A native Washingtonian, Mr. Burka graduated from Central High School and received a law degree from Georgetown University.

He was a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation, Adas Israel Congregation of Washington and a past treasurer of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. From the 1940s to '60s, he was active in local charities of the Jewish Social Service Agency.

He also was a Mason and a member of the Woodmont Country Club, Cosmopolitan Club and the Washington chapter of the International Wine and Food Society.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Louise Lehmann Burka of Washington and Fort Lauderdale; three sons, David L. Burka and Robert A. Burka, both of Washington, and Mark B. Burka of Wilmette, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Alexander Joseph Crucioli

Master Sergeant

Alexander Joseph Crucioli, 81, a chief master sergeant and aircraft mechanic who retired from the Air Force in 1970, died of cancer May 20 at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, where he had gone for treatment. He lived in Falls Church.

Mr. Crucioli was a native of Donora, Pa., and a graduate of the Institute of Aeronautics in Pittsburgh and the Air Force Non-Commissioned Officers Academy.

He served in Panama during World War II and was later assigned to Germany and England. He was crew chief of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's airplane, Columbine.

Mr. Crucioli was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Non-Commissioned Officers Association. He attended St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Falls Church.

His marriages to Elizabeth Crucioli and Willyce Crucioli ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons from his first marriage, a son and daughter from his second marriage, a brother, and a sister.

Charles E. Gundlach

FDA Official

Charles E. Gundlach, 78, a veterinarian and retired U.S. Food and Drug Administration official who had lived in the Washington area since 1967, died of pulmonary fibrosis May 15 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Springfield.

Dr. Gundlach worked for the FDA for 20 years before retiring in 1987. He a veterinary medical officer and bovine specialist and worked out of Springfield.

He had been chief election officer of the West Springfield precinct for more than 20 years. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield.

Dr. Gundlach, an Army veteran of World War II, was a 1943 graduate of Pennsylvania State University and a 1947 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school. Before coming to the Washington area, he had practiced veterinary medicine, specializing in large animals, in his native Pennsylvania.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sara, of Springfield; a son, Charles Timothy Gundlach of Richmond; two daughters, Virginia Houseknecht of Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Heidi Gundlach of Charlotte; and three grandchildren.

Marie Duncan O'Brien


Marie Duncan O'Brien, 81, a Vienna resident who was a member of Lake Barcroft Women's Club and St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Falls Church, died of lung disease May 27 at Virginia Health Care Center in Fairfax.

Mrs. O'Brien, a native of Boston, had lived in the Washington area since 1949. As a young woman, she attended Bishop Lee School of Drama in Boston and worked as a stage actress. She acted in the summer stock Nell Gwynne Theater in Upstate New York and worked as a special assistant to the personnel director at Northeast Airlines in Boston.

She also was active in parent organizations at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church and Immaculata Preparatory School in Washington.

Her husband of 50 years, Joseph L. O'Brien, died in 1996. Survivors include three children, Jane Argento of Pasadena, Calif., and David D. O'Brien and A. Joseph O'Brien, both of Vienna; 13 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.