William H. Swan

Contracts Administrator

William H. Swan, 86, a contracts administrator who retired in 1970 from the Maritime Administration, died of a heart attack May 30 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He lived at the Hermitage in Alexandria.

Mr. Swan was a native of Madrid, Iowa, and a graduate of George Washington University. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and was recalled during the Korean War. He retired in 1973 as a lieutenant commander in the reserve.

He began his federal career in 1935 at the General Accounting Office, where he was later a claims adjudicator until 1960.

At Delray United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Mr. Swan was a lay leader, trustee, president of the United Methodist Men and a choir member. He was a Cub Scout leader and a member of the American Legion and the Reserve Officers Association.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Hilma E. Swan, and a son, William H. Swan Jr., both of Alexandria; two sisters; a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Ambrose W. Nichols III

Carpet Subcontractor

Ambrose W. Nichols III, 65, a carpet installation subcontractor and salesman who was a Washington native, died of a heart ailment May 29 at a hospital in Lancaster, Pa. He lived in New Providence, Pa.

Mr. Nichols attended Gonzaga College High School. He served in the Marine Corps in Japan during the Korean War.

Mr. Nichols worked for firms in the Washington area that included American Floor Services. He was an independent contractor in this area and in Pennsylvania, where he had lived since the 1970s.

His marriage to Mary Nichols ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Catherine E. McGuire Nichols of New Providence; two children from his first marriage; a brother, Arthur P. Nichols of Upper Marlboro; and three grandchildren.

Norris Ralph Eaton

FTC Administrator

Norris Ralph Eaton, 88, a retired Federal Trade Commission administrator, died of cancer May 28 at the Asbury-Solomons Retirement Community in Solomons.

Mr. Eaton was born in Phillips, Neb., and received a bachelor's degree in business and finance from the University of Nebraska. In Washington, he received a master's degree, also in business, from Southeastern University.

He worked for the FTC for 35 years and retired 1970 as assistant chief of the finance division. He received two distinguished service awards.

Mr. Eaton was a member of Bells United Methodist Church in Camp Springs and was chairman of the building committee in the early 1950s, when the church built a school and a parsonage.

Mr. Eaton and his wife, Theresa Falmlen Eaton, also helped start a church school at Clinton United Methodist Church, where he served as a 4-H Club leader. Their home in Clinton, known as "Eaton Acres," featured a basketball court used by young people in the area.

Mrs. Eaton died in 1982.

Survivors include three children, Barbara Eaton Miwa of Landerburg, Pa., Wayne Eaton of Auburn, Calif., and Donald Eaton of Bushwood; a sister, Laura Eaton of Gaithersburg; a brother, Lloyd Eaton of Minneapolis; and five grandchildren.

Richard M. Bower

Engraving Official

Richard M. Bower, 81, a portrait specialist who retired in 1972 as deputy chief of the engraving division of Bureau of Engraving and Printing, died of pneumonia May 25 at a hospital in Charlotte. He had Alzheimer's disease and renal failure.

Mr. Bower moved to Charlotte in February from Falls Church.

He was a graduate of the Harrisburg Academy in his native Harrisburg, Pa. In Washington, he attended the Corcoran School of Art.

He began his 35-year career at the bureau as a helper in the engraving division. He later was assigned to engraving of portraits for postage stamps, work that only a few engravers did.

When he retired, Mr. Bower was awarded a top Treasury Department's employee honor, the prize named for an early Treasury secretary, Albert Gallatin.

Mr. Bower's outside interests included painting, and he taught art at a studio in Arlington. He was also an usher at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Falls Church.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Janet S. Bower of Charlotte; two sons, Richard J. Bower of Bethesda and Robert F. Bower of Charlotte; and two grandchildren.

Thomas Louis Day

Information Management Specialist

Thomas Louis Day, 47, a computer information management specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers who was raised in Silver Spring and Calverton, died of cancer May 28 at a hospice in Savannah, Ga.

Mr. Day had worked for the Army and lived in Savannah for a decade.

Mr. Day, who was born in Washington, graduated from High Point High School.

He initially worked as a technician with Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.

Mr. Day then moved to the Middle East to install communications systems for a government contractor.

His marriage to Diane Eagle ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia Day of Savannah; a daughter from his first marriage, Rhiannon Day France of Portland, Ore.; a daughter from his second marriage, Jessica Taylor Day, and a stepson, Thomas Tannenbaum, both of Savannah; his parents, Louis and Louise Day, both of Grasonville, Md.; and two sisters, Suzanne Sloane of Denton, Md., and Donna Wachter of Crofton.