Robert Howard

Food Broker

Robert Howard, 91, a food broker who was a lifelong resident of Alexandria, died of pneumonia May 27 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Mr. Howard was president of T. Clifton Howard Co., a Washington food brokerage founded by his father and operated by Mr. Howard until shortly before his death last week. Mr. Howard dealt with potatoes and other produce items, and his customers included Giant, I.G.A. and other supermarkets in the Washington-Baltimore area.

Mr. Howard served on the Alexandria School Board from 1950 to 1960 and was chairman for six years. He was a graduate of Alexandria High School who attended Virginia Military Institute and Georgetown University. He was a member of the board of directors of the VMI Alumni Association.

He was active in Masonic organizations that included the Home of Virginia, Lodge 22 of AF&AM of Alexandria, Kena Temple and the Scottish Rite Temple. He was a member of the Alexandria Junior Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria Kiwanis Club, Alexandria Boat Club and the National Food Brokers Association.

He was married in 1935 to Katherine Hockersmith of Hagerstown, Md. She died in 1994.

Survivors include two daughters, Sue Henderson and Sarah Schramm, both of Alexandria; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Thomas R. Lipsett

Warehouse Manager

Thomas R. Lipsett, 75, a warehouse manager who worked for the Mill-End Shops in Silver Spring for 25 years, died of a stroke May 29 at a nursing home in his native Pottsville, Pa. He moved back there from Hyattsville in 1990.

Mr. Lipsett served in the Army in Europe during World War II. He was a milk delivery man in Pennsylvania as a young man.

He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Fern Halbert Lipsett of Pottsville, and a brother, William J. Lipsett of Harrisburg, Pa.

Catherine W. Criscione

Administrative Assistant

Catherine W. Criscione, 87, a longtime resident of Washington who retired as an administrative assistant with the Commerce Department, died May 30 of a heart attack at the home of her daughter in Flint Hill, Va.

Mrs. Criscione was born in St. Louis. After she moved to Washington in 1937, she worked at the Commerce Department until her retirement in 1978, except for a brief tour of duty with the Interior Department.

In 1941, she married Whitson Paul Colford, who was killed in 1944 while flying a mission over Germany.

In 1947, she married Joseph Criscione, who died in 1978.

Mrs. Criscione did volunteer work for Children's Hospital and the Kennedy Center, and she was a teaching assistant in special-education for the Rappahannock County schools.

Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Phyllis Anne Pricer of Flint Hill; a stepdaughter, Lenora Tomalin of Orlando; a stepson, Robert Criscione of Somerset, N.J.; and 13 grandchildren.

Val E. Weyl

USDA Publications Official

Val E. Weyl, 82, a retired publications branch chief in the Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, died of lung cancer May 29 at his home in Reston.

Mr. Weyl, who was born in Hot Springs, S.D., was an honors graduate of what is now South Dakota State University and served with the Army's 9th Armored Division in Europe during World War II.

He joined the Agriculture Department in 1946 and worked in Texas before moving to Cleveland in 1950, where he worked in a variety of posts for the Sherwin Williams company's agricultural chemicals division. He came to Washington in 1953 and spent the next two years as a writer with the National Agricultural Chemicals Association. Mr. Weyl rejoined Agriculture in 1955 and worked in public information until retiring in 1977.

His hobbies included ballroom and round dancing, jewelry design, antique furniture restoration and growing both orchids and bonsai.

His first wife, the former Lily Woodward, died in 1988. Survivors include his wife, Janet, of Reston; three stepchildren, Deirdre Mason of Lewes, Del., and Derek Brown and Jennifer Carter, both of Charlotte; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Clyde S. Edwards


Clyde S. Edwards, 92, a librarian who retired in 1961 as administrative coordinator of the air research division of the Library of Congress, died May 16 in a nursing home in Safety Harbor, Fla. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Edwards was born in Washington, N.J., and raised in the District, where he graduated from Central High School. He began his 37-year career with the library while he was a teenager.

He worked in periodicals, documents, the government publications reading room and as special assistant to the librarian of Congress. Mr. Edwards later was chief of the serials division and head of air research reference.

While living in Silver Spring, he was a volunteer with the Hillandale Volunteer Fire Department and sang in the choir at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, which he helped found. He moved to Florida about 20 years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Mildred G. Edwards of Safety Harbor; three children, Carolyn Kokulis of Potomac, Mary Ellen Winter of Pasadena and Michael Edwards of Safety Harbor; a brother, George-David Edwards of Bowie; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jane Reidenbaugh Carper

Army Spouse

Jane Reidenbaugh Carper, 73, a Silver Spring resident who accompanied her husband to Army posts in Germany and the United States, died of liver failure May 29 at the Hospice of Washington.

Mrs. Carper was born in Lancaster, Pa., and raised in Lititz, Pa. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, retired Col. John M. Carper of Silver Spring; four children, Joseph Carper of Bethesda, Ann Carper of Washington, James D. Carper of Glencoe, Ill., and John Carper of Roslindale, Mass.; and four grandchildren.