Benjamin F. Gaitley


Benjamin F. Gaitley, 79, a printer who retired from the Government Printing Office in 1974, died of kidney failure June 16 at Sleepy Hollow Nursing Home in Annandale.

Mr. Gaitley, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Goldsboro, N.C. During World War II, he was a sergeant in the Marine Corps, and he participated in combat operations in the South Pacific. He received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

After the war, he worked briefly on an assembly line at a Ford factory in Norfolk, then moved to the Washington area in the late 1940s and began his career at the GPO.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie T. Gaitley of Alexandria; four children, Ronald G. Gaitley of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Jeanne Gaitley of Wilmington, N.C., Barbara Wyant of Alexandria and Alan Gaitley of Centreville; a brother; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Sally LaHue Owen


Sally LaHue Owen, 52, a former Capitol Hill staff member and lobbyist, died of lung cancer July 11 at her home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Owen, the daughter of a career military officer, was born in Louisville.

She lived in Northern Virginia during much of her childhood and was a 1965 graduate of Fort Hunt High School.

She graduated from Parsons College.

From 1972 to 1986, she worked for various members and committees of Congress, including the House Banking Committee. She was a legislative representative for America's Community Bankers and its predecessor organizations from 1986 to 1996.

Her husband, Thomas J. Owen, the former chairman and president of Perpetual Bank, died in 1997.

Survivors include her mother, Marsha C. LaHue, and a brother, Laurence LaHue, both of Ormond Beach, Fla.

Frank Raymond Griffiths

Insurance Manager

Frank Raymond Griffiths, 81, a manager in the Washington offices of Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. and General Accident Insurance, died July 9 at his home in Fairfax. He had heart ailments.

Mr. Griffiths was born in Liverpool, England, and came to the United States at age 12.

He attended Rutgers University and New York University.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in Europe.

After the war, he was in the insurance business in New Jersey before moving to this area in 1956. He retired from General Accident Insurance in 1982 after about 10 years with the company.

In retirement, he did volunteer work at the Air and Space Museum and in the offices of Fairfax United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley J. Griffiths of Fairfax; two children, Kent R. Griffiths of Alexandria and Cheryl L. Tropf of Highland; and one grandchild.

Roberta Broner Cohen


Roberta Broner Cohen, 74, who was a docent at the Kennedy Center and volunteered with the American Red Cross and Sibley Memorial Hospital, died of cancer July 11 at a family apartment in Washington. She had lived in Palm Beach, Fla., for 25 years.

Mrs. Cohen was a native of Brookline, Mass., and a graduate of Boston University. After moving to the Washington area in the late 1940s, she wrote for the Silver Spring Record.

She was a member of Woodmont Country Club and Adas Israel Congregation.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Norman G. Cohen of Palm Beach; three children, Jeffrey N. Cohen of Kennebunkport, Maine, and Washington, Dr. John B. Cohen of Washington and Nancy Cohen Roberts of New York; a brother; and seven grandchildren.

Opal B. Ginn


Opal B. Ginn, 73, a former associate editor for columnists Drew Pearson and Jack Anderson and a longtime Washington resident, died from an aneurysm July 4 at a nursing home in Tucker, Ga. She had emphysema.

Ms. Ginn was born in Washington, Ga., and came to Washington, D.C., in 1941. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications from George Washington University. She worked in the FBI press office during the early '40s.

Ms. Ginn joined the staff of Pearson's syndicated Washington Merry-Go-Round column in 1943 and continued to work for the column when Anderson took over from Pearson. Her byline appeared in Parade magazine. She retired in 1992 and moved to Georgia in 1993.

Ms. Ginn was a member of the National Press Club.

Survivors include three sisters, Glennola G. Hopkins of Greensboro, N.C., Geneva Mayfield of Atlanta and Marie G. Smalley of Lincolnton, Ga.

James P. Corrigan

Golf Club Manager

James P. Corrigan, 83, the former general manager of Burning Tree Golf Club in Bethesda, died of cancer July 11 at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala.

Mr. Corrigan was born in St. Louis and served in the Army Air Forces as a B-17 aircraft pilot in Europe during World War II. He flew 30 combat missions.

After the war, he was manager of the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala. He moved to the Washington area in 1956 and began his career at Burning Tree. He retired in 1981.

Mr. Corrigan, a former resident of Chevy Chase, moved to Fairhope in 1989.

His first wife, Mary E. Corrigan, died in 1980, and his second wife, Jeannette T. Corrigan, died in 1996.

Survivors include a son from his first marriage, Timothy Corrigan, and a grandson, both of Fairhope.

Jewel Rosenberg


Jewel Rosenberg, 99, a founder of the House of Wines, a wholesale importer and distributor of wines and spirits, and a founding director of the National Women's Bank, died of congestive heart failure July 1 at Montgomery General Hospital.

Mrs. Rosenberg, a resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring, was born in North Adams, Mass. She moved to Washington in 1918 and during World War I worked at the War Department. She later was a statistician in the Justice Department.

In 1940, Mrs. Rosenberg left the government and helped her husband, Bernard Rosenberg, start the House of Wines. She was chief financial officer of the company until 1986, when she retired.

In 1978, when the National Women's Bank was founded, she was elected a director. The bank was the first in the nation to be organized and operated exclusively by women.

Mrs. Rosenberg was a member of the founding board of the Brandeis Women's Auxiliary, which raises money for Brandeis University. She also was a member of B'nai B'rith Women.

Her husband died in 1971.

Survivors include two children, Phyllis Homes of Chevy Chase and Howard "Buddy" Rosenberg of Silver Spring; a brother, Charles Spencer of Chicago; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ottis F. Hallman

Telephone Company Employee

Ottis F. Hallman, 91, a technical supervisor who retired in 1969 after 41 years with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Virginia, died of congestive heart failure July 11 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Hallman was a native of Newton, N.C. He was president of a Communications Workers of American local in Arlington. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington and a volunteer with the Boy Scouts, the Lutheran Home and other nursing homes and Meals on Wheels.

His wife of 56 years, Helen Sherbert Hall, died in 1990. Survivors include three children, Patricia Ferris of Poolesville, Nancy Anderson of Arlington and Richard Hallman of Warrenton; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Marcella M. Nilan

Volunteer and Nurse

Marcella M. Nilan, 77, a former nurse who had done volunteer work at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Wheaton, died of colon cancer July 11 at her home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Nilan was born in Minneapolis and graduated from St. Mary's School of Nursing there. She was a registered nurse in Minnesota before moving to the Washington area in 1965.

Her volunteer activities included work with So Others Might Eat.

Survivors include her husband, Patrick J. Nilan of Silver Spring; six children, Patrick J. Nilan Jr. and Joseph A. Nilan, both of Minneapolis, Terrence M. Nilan of Ijamsville, Md., Mary Kaye Nilan of Forest Glen, Md., Joan M. Cridlin of Jessup, Md., and John K. Nilan of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Edith Lewis Kraft

Avon Representative

Edith Lewis Kraft, 80, a representative for Avon cosmetics in Takoma Park and Edgewater, Md., between 1962 and the 1980s, died July 13 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She had leukemia.

Mrs. Kraft, who lived in Edgewater, was born in Philadelphia and raised in Washington. After graduating from McKinley Technical High School, she was a saleswoman at Garfinckel's department store and worked in a congressional office.

Mrs. Kraft was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the seniors group at First Baptist Church of Edgewater and the Mount Zion Cancer Support Group.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Charles A. Kraft of Edgewater; two children, Carol A. Nida of Edgewater and Robert A. Kraft of La Plata; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Constance Baker Bowen


Constance Baker Bowen, 81, a homemaker and wife of a Navy officer, died July 11 at Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack.

A daughter of a Navy vice admiral, Mrs. Bowen was born in San Francisco and raised in various locales where her father was stationed. In 1938, she married Harold G. Bowen, a Navy officer who later retired as a vice admiral, and accompanied him on his assignments in the continental United States and Hawaii and Turkey.

They lived in the Washington area off and on until settling in Alexandria in 1972.

Her interests included gardening.

In addition to her husband, of Alexandria, survivors include four children, Constance Bowen-Camp of Mountain View, Calif., Edith Easley of Cincinnati, Katheryn Wilder of Angels Camp, Calif., and Charlotte Phelps of Denver; a brother; and six grandchildren.

Charles Edward Herbert Sr.

Mail Carrier

Charles E. Herbert Sr., 58, who retired from the Suitland Post Office last year after 30 years as a mail carrier, died July 10 at the Washington Hospital Center. He had a kidney ailment.

Mr. Herbert was a native of Washington and a resident of Capitol Heights.

He was a graduate of Dunbar High School and studied accounting at the former Federal City College and tax preparation with H&R Block.

Mr. Herbert began his career with the main Washington Post Office.

He was shop steward for his local of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

After he retired, he drove for the Faith Transportation firm.

He was a member of Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville.

His marriage to Arzina E. Herbert ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Denise E. Johnson of Laurel and Charles E. Herbert Jr. of Brandywine; and two grandsons.

Kenneth Charles Caswell Sr.

Supply Management Specialist

Kenneth Charles Caswell, a retired civilian supply management specialist and Springfield resident, died July 11 at Arlington Hospital. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Caswell, a native of Boston, attended the Bentley School of Accounting & Finance in Boston and served in the Army during World War II. He moved to Arlington in 1947, where he worked as a supply management specialist at the Naval Annex during the 1950s. He continued as a supply management specialist at the Department of Defense at the Pentagon and the Army at Cameron Station in the 1960s and '70s. He retired in 1977.

Mr. Caswell was a member of Calvary Road Baptist Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elma C. Caswell of Springfield; two children, Kenneth C. Caswell Jr. and Carol Stroud, both of Springfield; two sisters, Louise Baltzer and Dorothy Caswell, both of Raleigh, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

James Brophy Trent

Air Force Officer

James Brophy Trent, 74, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who managed Woodward & Lothrop department stores and was business manager of the Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria campus, died June 9 at his Annandale home. He had pulmonary fibrosis.

Col. Trent was a native of Harlan, Ky. He attended Georgetown and George Washington universities, Florida Southern College and the Spartan School of Aeronautics.

He served as a combat pilot in the Pacific during World War II and during the Korean War. He was also posted to Japan and retired in 1965 from a contract management assignment with the Air Force Systems Command. His honors included an Air Medal.

He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen Trent of Annandale; two sons, James McNelis Trent of Manassas and John Charles Trent of Edinburg, Va.; a sister; a stepbrother; and three grandchildren.

Rosalie Prokarym Gerber

Law Librarian

Rosalie Prokarym Gerber, 68, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who worked as Washington law firm librarian for about the past 15 years, died of complications from lung and liver cancer July 2 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mrs. Gerber, who lived in Washington and Nags Head, N.C., was born in Throop, Pa. She graduated from George Washington University and studied at Georgetown University's Institute of Languages and Linguistics.

From 1951 to 1969, she served as an intelligence officer in the CIA's Directorate of Operations. She then worked as a law librarian at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies from 1970 to 1973 and at the Aryamehr Technical University in Tehran, Iran, from 1973 to 1975.

She worked at the American Embassy in Moscow before joining Jenner & Block law firm in Washington in 1986.

She was a member of the Royal Asian Society in London, the Goethe Society of Washington, St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, National Wildlife Federation, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 41 years, Burton Gerber of Washington and Nags Head; her mother, Mary Prokarym of Throop, Pa.; and two brothers.

Alice Morrissey McDiarmid


Alice Morrissey McDiarmid, 91, whose work for the State Department between 1942 and 1970 included writing an edition of the Digest of International Law, died of complications from a heart attack July 13 at Arlington Hospital. She lived in Falls Church.

Dr. McDiarmid was a native of Livonia, N.Y., and a graduate of the University of Rochester. She received a master's degree and doctorate in history from Radcliffe College. She taught history at Elmira College in the late 1930s.

At the State Department, she worked on post-World War II planning and was a technical expert at international conferences. She was the author of "The American Defense of Neutral Rights" and articles in international law journals.

Dr. McDiarmid also accompanied her husband, Orville J. McDiarmid, to World Bank posts in the Philippines, Iraq and Iran. She retired from the State Department legal adviser's office.

In Falls Church she was a volunteer with the Democratic Party and a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Her husband died in 1982. Survivors include two children, Marjorie A. McDiarmid of Morgantown, W.Va., and John F. McDiarmid of Sarasota, Fla.; and two brothers.