Arthur Jensen Smith

Foreign Service Officer

Arthur Jensen Smith, 79, a retired economic analyst whose Foreign Service career included assignments in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, died July 7 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home of complications related to strokes.

Mr. Smith, a former resident of Bethesda, was born in Paterson, N.J. He graduated from the University of Virginia.

During World War II, Mr. Smith served in the Army in the Pacific and was wounded in action. After the war, he took further studies at the University of Virginia and the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.

In 1950, he went to work for the State Department. He transferred to Radio Free Europe in 1953 and spent the next five years in Munich,.

His assignments abroad included the U.S. mission to NATO headquarters in Brussels and embassies in Belgrade, Moscow and Warsaw, where he was the economic counselor.

After retiring from the Foreign Service in 1980, Mr. Smith continued to work for the State Department as an editor in its Freedom of Information section.

Mr. Smith also assisted in the creation of the U.S.-Soviet Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, which was established by the State and Defense departments. In the early 1990s, he was recalled from retirement for brief periods of duty in Belarus and Ukraine.

Mr. Smith's honors included the State Department's Superior Honor Award and its Meritorious Service Award.

He was a member of DACOR (Diplomatic and consular Officers Retired).

Mr. Smith's marriage to the former Mary Alice Stoddard ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Shirley Smith of Washington; two children from his first marriage, Rebecca Roland of Herndon and Christopher Smith of Fairfax; three stepchildren, Susan Pearce of London, Penelope Waters of Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, and Peter Francis of Sydney; and six grandchildren.

Gladys M. Sprinkle

Headed Counseling

And Employment Service

Gladys M. Sprinkle, 82, longtime director of a private nonprofit organization designed to help seniors seeking work, died of cardiac arrest July 14 at Suburban Hospital.

Mrs. Sprinkle, who lived in Kensington, was director of the Over 60 Counseling and Employment Service in Chevy Chase from 1964 until her retirement in 1997. In that capacity, she headed a staff of 15 to 20 paid and volunteer workers who assisted thousands of older job hunters.

She joined the free employment service, which was sponsored by the Montgomery County Federation of Women's Clubs, as a part-time director in 1964.

Under Mrs. Sprinkle's guidance, the agency initiated a number of programs to take advantage of specialized skills.

One of those was the Senior Home Craftsman program, in which retired men with minor home repair skills provided service to needy homeowners for an established fee.

She counseled the elderly on preparing for interviews and composing resumes, and she assisted corporations in offering pre-retirement counseling to older workers.

During her tenure, the agency received a National Community Service Award and a presidential citation from President Ronald Reagan.

Her other honors included WETA's 1982 Woman of the Year Award and the American Institute for Public Service's Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service.

Mrs. Sprinkle was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and raised on a family farm in Falling Waters, W.Va. She attended Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Her husband of 40 years, Melvin C. Sprinkle, died in 1981. Survivors include three children, William Sprinkle of Richmond, Janet Gilbert of Sellersville, Pa., and Kenneth Sprinkle of Potomac; and six grandchildren.

Ruth Kadel Rouillard


Ruth Kadel Rouillard, 92, a teacher who retired in 1970 from Westlawn Elementary School in Fairfax County, died of cardiopulmonary arrest June 25 at Northern Virginia Community Hospital. She lived in Falls Church.

Mrs. Rouillard was born in Washington and raised in Fairfax County and South Dakota.

She received a teaching certificate from a predecessor of James Madison University and also attended Wilson Teachers College, George Washington University and the University of Virginia.

She taught in an Indian boarding school in New Mexico in the 1920s. She returned to Northern Virginia in 1940 and taught religious courses in Arlington schools during World War II. She was with the Fairfax schools for 26 years.

Mrs. Rouillard was a member of Graham Road United Methodist Church in Falls Church.

Her husband, Jesse H. Rouillard, died in 1976. Two sons, John C. Rouillard and Benjamin C. Rouillard, died in the 1980s.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lu Fuson of Falls Church; a sister; a brother; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Gus C.E. Hall

Homeless Shelter Director

Gus C.E. Hall, 73, who was director of the Christ House homeless shelter in Alexandria for about 12 years until the mid-1990s, died of cancer July 16 at the Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, Va.

Mr. Hall, who was born in Russell County, Va., served in the Navy during World War II and graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.

He pursued graduate studies at New York University and General Theological Seminary in New York City.

A former schoolteacher and newspaper reporter, he worked for two decades in Asia and Africa for Catholic Relief Services. His overseas work took him to the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan and India.

In Calcutta, he worked closely with Mother Teresa, administering programs for the poor, sick and homeless.

After 12 years in Alexandria, Mr. Hall became director of International Student Services at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol and volunteered in charity organizations.

Survivors include two sisters.

Ruth E. Hausafus


Ruth E. Hausafus, 79, who retired in 1979 after 24 years as a secretary at the Atomic Energy Commission, died of emphysema and heart ailments July 15 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Mrs. Hausafus, who lived in Rockville, was a native of Washington.

She graduated from McKinley Tech High School and attended what is now Strayer University. As a young woman, she worked at the Navy Department.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a volunteer in the thrift shop of Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville and in the book shop of the Rockville Seniors Center.

Her husband, Dale Wayne Hausafus, died in 1973.

Survivors include a son, Robert C. Hausafus of Stafford; two sisters, Audrey Burch of Boca Raton, Fla., and Margaret Woodrum of Rockville; and three grandsons.

Charles A. Greene Jr.

Training Film Director

Charles A. Greene Jr., 86, who retired in 1973 after 22 years as a writer and producer of medical and dental training films for the Navy Department, died of hepatic failure July 10 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Greene, who had lived in the Washington area since 1953, was born in Phoenix and reared in Los Angeles.

He was an English literature graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and a World War II veteran of the Army Air Forces.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia A. Greene of Bethesda; a son, Charles A. Greene III of Bowie; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Frances P. Cooper

Practical Nurse

Frances P. Cooper, 94, a practical nurse who provided in-home care for individuals and at nursing homes in the Washington area for about 25 years until her retirement in the mid-1980s, died July 14 at Suburban Hospital after a stroke.

Mrs. Cooper, a native of Forest City, Pa., came to the Washington area in the mid-1960s and was a longtime Silver Spring resident. She received training as a practical nurse at a hospital in New Rochelle, N.Y., and worked there and in Connecticut.

She was an avid baker, knitter and gardener.

Her husband, Samuel Cooper, died in 1968. Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Constance Hendrickson of Bethesda; four brothers; three sisters; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.