Gerald C. Flessate

Defense Agency Official

Gerald C. "Jerry" Flessate, 64, who retired in 1994 after 15 years as congressional affairs director of the Defense Logistics Agency, died of bladder cancer June 4 at his home in Alexandria.

He was a graduate of Marquette University in his native Milwaukee and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He received a master's degree in government administration from George Washington University.

Mr. Flessate served in the Army in France. He began his federal career with the Military Traffic Management Agency and was later a budget analyst with a predecessor of the logistics agency.

Mr. Flessate was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria.

His interests included boating, and he had a vacation home in Emerald Isle, N.C.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Evelyn Levesque Flessate of Alexandria and Emerald Isle; three children, Denise Harley of Waldorf, Greg Flessate of Chantilly and Renee Moffett of South Riding; a sister; a brother; and five grandchildren.

C. Gordon Heckel

Army Doctor and Lawyer

C. Gordon Heckel, 52, an Army colonel and Northern Virginia native who was chief of anesthesiology at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., died of sepsis June 4 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He lived in Reva, Va., and Fayetteville, N.C.

Col. Heckel was born in Arlington. He was a graduate of George Marshall High School. He attended Deep Springs College in California and graduated from the University of Virginia, where he also received law and medical degrees and did a residency at the hospital.

Col. Heckel served in the Navy from 1972 to 1978. He taught anesthesiology at the Yale University medical school and practiced at Culpeper Memorial Hospital before joining the Army in 1987. He was assigned to the Army surgeon general's office, where he was chief of the case review branch.

Col. Heckel did clinical case review at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and taught at the Uniformed Services Health Sciences University. He was a staff anesthesiologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before being assigned to Fort Bragg.

His honors included the Legion of Merit.

He attended Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Cheryl Wallace Heckel of Reva; three children, Cheryl Lorraine Heckel of Richmond and Nancy Marie Heckel and Frederick William Poe Heckel, both of Reva; a brother, Steven Poe Heckel of Belle Mead, N.J.; and two sisters, Nancy McLean Heckel of New Hope, Pa., and Dr. Janice Lynn Heckel of Morganton, N.C.

Arthur Uscher

Defense Department Analyst

Arthur Uscher, 80, a budget and program analyst who worked for the federal government from 1939 until retiring in 1975 from the Defense Department, died June 5 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Falls Church.

He came to the Washington area in 1939 and worked for the Civil Service Commission and the Census Bureau before transferring to the Army Department in 1941. He worked in the offices of the Army's quartermaster general and comptroller before transferring to the office of the secretary of defense in 1961. He retired from the office of the assistant secretary of defense for telecommunications.

After retiring from the government, Mr. Uscher did defense consulting work for the General Research Corp., Syllogistics and Management Consulting and Research Inc. Over the years, he also had taught courses in management and budget at George Washington University.

He had helped develop and operate a neighborhood watch program in the Lake Barcroft area of Falls Church. He was a member of the Westwood Country Club, and his hobbies included golf and tennis.

Mr. Uscher, a New York native, was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a 1939 graduate of Syracuse University and received a master's degree in public administration from American University.

Survivors include his wife, Anita, of Falls Church; a son, Andrew, of Fairfax; two brothers; and two grandchildren.

Patricia Anne Chanel


Patricia Anne Chanel, 68, a retired secretary who had worked for several organizations in the Washington area, died of a heart attack June 1 at her home in Columbia.

Mrs. Chanel was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and she moved to the Washington area at the age of 12. She graduated from Falls Church High School, attended the College of St. Vincent and graduated from the Washington School for Secretaries.

During her working career, she was a secretary at Walter Reed Army Hospital, the Jesuit Social Apostolate, Atlantic Realty and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education in Columbia. She left that job about 10 years ago.

She had formerly lived in McLean and did volunteer work there as executive secretary to the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Mental Health Association.

She had raised money for peace organizations.

Her marriage to Weymer Lee Chanel ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Linda Boyle of Columbia, Stephanie Rockford of New York and John Chanel of Falls Church; and five grandchildren.

Elmer Bruce Callahan

Bank Board Official

Elmer Bruce Callahan, 77, who retired in 1979 as deputy director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, died of leukemia June 5 at Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Falls Church.

Mr. Callahan was born in Wytheville, Va. He was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin University, having worked part time as a messenger for the bank board as a student.

He served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II.

After the war, he returned to the bank board as an accountant. He later was chief accountant and comptroller.

Mr. Callahan was president of the FHLBB Credit Union, a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Phillip's Catholic Church in Falls Church and an usher at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Jeannette Callahan of Falls Church; three children, Maxine Jaworski of Richmond, Kenneth Callahan and Michael Callahan, both of Fredericksburg, Va.; two sisters; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.