William Cassell Hanson Jr.

Security Guard

William Cassell Hanson Jr., 82, a retired National Institutes of Health security guard, died of congestive heart failure July 29 at the Woodside Center Nursing Home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Hanson, who lived in Rockville, was born in Bloomington, Ill. and moved to the Washington area as an infant.

He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended the University of Maryland.

Before World War II, he was a salesman with E.G. Schafer and Co., a plumbing and heating wholesale supply firm founded by his grandfather. During World War II, he served in the Army in infantry units, and participated in combat operations in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.

He was an NIH security guard from 1950 until 1978.

Mr. Hanson's avocations included music, collecting antique automobiles and model railroad trains. In the 1930s and 1940s he played the tuba in the Washington Redskin Band.

He was a former president of the Nations Capital Model "T" Club International and a charter member of the Sugar Loaf Mountain Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

He participated in antique car shows wearing authentic period costumes.

He was a member of Shepherd Park Christian Church in Washington and the Masonic Lodge in Rockville.

His first wife, Doris Hanson, died in 1984.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Hanson of Rockville; a daughter from his first marriage, Elaine Pearson of Florida; a brother, Robert M. Hanson of Gaithersburg; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

Daniel R. 'Danny' Diggin

Logistics Manager

Daniel Roy "Danny" Diggin, 56, a former Crofton resident and retired Army Department logistics manager, died on his birthday, Aug. 1., when a private plane in which he was riding crashed in a cornfield in Youngstown, Ohio.

Mr. Diggin, returning from an air show in Oshkosh, Wis., was a passenger in a six-seat Piper Cherokee that went down about a half-mile north of the runway at Youngstown Elser-Metro Airfield.

An investigation into the cause of the crash, which killed four people aboard the plane, is continuing.

Mr. Diggin, who lived in Chester, Md., worked 19 years for the Army Department, first as a recruitment specialist in the personnel office and then as a logistics manager in Fort Meade. He retired in 1991.

He was born in Washington and reared in Arlington. He served in the Air Force from 1964 to 1968, stationed part of that time in the Philippines as a personnel officer.

He graduated from Long Island University with a business degree and received a master's degree in public administration from George Washington University and a law degree from the University of Baltimore.

As a young man, he worked as an auditor for Avis Inc. in New York City.

He was a private pilot and a member of the Toast Master International and the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Denise Lovecky Diggin of Chester; and two brothers, John "Jack" Diggin of Bel Air and Thomas "Tom" Diggin of Crofton.