Evelyn Lorraine Butler Post

Administrative Assistant

Evelyn Lorraine Butler Post, 75, who worked in administrative assistant positions for Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University in the 1970s and '80s, died of cancer Aug. 9 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. She had lived in Lake of the Woods, Va., since 1982.

Mrs. Post was born in Petersburg, Va., and was a descendant of Augustine Warner, grandfather of George Washington. For more than 20 years, Mrs. Post accompanied her husband, ret. Army Col. Harold N. Post, on his military assignments in the United States and Germany.

They settled in Fairfax in 1952. She worked at NOVA from 1974 to 1976, then did administrative assistant work for the Consortium for Continuing Higher Education from 1976 and 1982. From 1982 to 1984, she was the social assistant to the wife of the president of George Mason University.

Beyond work, she was an artist and deeply interested in music, history and genealogy. She was involved in a variety of community and charity organizations, including the Fredericksburg Woman's Club and the Washington-Lewis chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Susan Smith of New Bern, N.C., and Carol Flaherty of Atherton, Calif.; two sisters; and six grandsons.

Linwood C. James

Paper Executive

Linwood C. James, 83, a former Silver Spring resident and retired president of the old Baron, Duer and Coch Paper Co. in Washington, died of a respiratory infection Aug. 1 at a health center in Irvington, Va. He had lived in Irvington since 1984.

Mr. James, who was born in Baltimore, grew up in Irvington. He graduated from the College of William and Mary and served in the Navy aboard destroyers in the Pacific during World War II.

After the war, he entered the fine paper distribution business, working as a salesman for Mudge Paper Co. in Baltimore. He joined Baron, Duer and Coch in 1951 and worked his way up the corporate ladder before retiring as president in 1983.

He was active in trade associations of paper manufacturers and Montgomery County civic affairs. He was a founding member of Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Silver Spring and a member of Argyle Country Club, Manor Country Club and the Capitol Hill Club.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Peggie James of Irvington; two children, Linda C. James of Montreal and Larry James of Westford, Maine; a brother; and three grandsons.

B. Ben Sunbury

Farm Credit Officer

B. Ben Sunbury, 71, a specialist in agricultural public relations who served as executive assistant to three farm credit administrators, died of heart and kidney ailments Aug. 15 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.

Mr. Sunbury came to Washington and joined the Farm Credit Administration in 1957 as an information specialist. He later became foreign training liaison and in 1970 assistant director of information.

He became executive assistant to the Farm Credit governor in 1971. He wrote speeches and lobbied for farm credit legislation, and he was a technical adviser on award-winning motion pictures on agricultural credit and cooperatives. He retired in 1988.

He wrote freelance articles and fiction for national magazines and religious and trade publications. His first book, "The Fall of the Farm Credit Empire," was published in 1990.

Mr. Sunbury, a resident of Alexandria, grew up on a dairy farm in his native Ohio, and he graduated from Ohio State University. He was director of press relations for the Ohio Farm Bureau and managing editor of Buckeye Farm News magazine before moving to this area.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Sunbury of Alexandria; four children, Deborah Sunbury of Alexandria, Pamela Sunbury Wood of Brunswick, Ga., Cindi Sunbury Metcalf of Kona, Hawaii, and Linda Rigby of Nakomis, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Raymond Phillip Whitten Sr.

NASA Executive

Raymond Phillip Whitten Sr., 62, program manager for commercial use of space technology at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, died of cancer Aug. 12 at his home in Rockville.

Mr. Whitten had served on the NASA staff since 1968. He had received a Cooperative External Achievement Award in 1998, an Exceptional Performance Award in 1991, a Space Ship Earth Award in 1986 and an Exceptional Service Medal in 1984.

He was born in Chicago and graduated from the University of Montana. From 1959 to 1968, he served in the Navy in Pensacola, Fla., Norfolk, Hawaii and Washington. He received a master's degree in audiology and acoustics at George Washington University.

From 1968 to 1983, Mr. Whitten was a Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader. He was an Eagle Scout.

He was a volunteer audiologist for senior citizens' tests in Montgomery County.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia L. Whitten of Rockville; two children, Raymond P. Whitten Jr. of Woodbine, Md., and Bruce A. Whitten of Baltimore; a brother; and a sister.

Michael Lester Martin


Michael Lester Martin, 53, a lawyer with the Surface Transportation Board and its predecessor agency, the Interstate Commerce Commission, for 26 years, died of colon cancer Aug. 14 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Mr. Martin, who lived in Fairfax, was born in Wichita. He graduated from the University of Kansas and its law school, and he served in the Army in Vietnam during the Southeast Asian war.

He moved to Washington in 1973 and began his career with the ICC. He was with the agency in San Francisco and Los Angeles from 1974 until 1978, then returned to this area.

He was a freelance writer and author of articles published in Recreation News, Upper Room and Orion magazine.

He was a Cub Scout master, a basketball coach for the Fairfax police youth league and legal chairman for the Sierra Club of Virginia.

Survivors include his wife, Karla Kolins Martin, and two sons, Benjamin Kolin Martin and Matthew Todd Martin, all of Fairfax; his mother, Rosemary Martin of Wichita; and two sisters.

Richard Leigh Hickman

Navy Master Chief

Richard Leigh Hickman, 71, a retired Navy master chief petty officer who later served as an information systems specialist at Bechtel Corp. in Gaithersburg, died Aug. 15 at Bethesda Naval Hospital of complications of emphysema.

Mr. Hickman, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Chicago and served 30 years in the Navy before retiring in the 1970s. His career included service during the Korean War and in the office of the U.S. naval attache in Sri Lanka, where he met his wife, Eva, during the 1950s. He also served as a quartermaster and at the Pentagon. He settled in this area in the 1960s.

After retiring from the Navy, he worked for Bechtel until his civilian retirement in 1994.

He was a member of Mensa and a volunteer with the Montgomery County Police Department.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Eva Hickman of Silver Spring; three children, Karen Forsyth of Derwood, Tracy Hickman of Jefferson, Md., and Leesa Lewallen of Germantown; and four grandchildren.

Elizabeth Hoover Miller

Club Member

Elizabeth Hoover "Bump" Miller, 87, a former member of the Chevy Chase Club and Chevy Chase Garden Club, died of cancer Aug. 13 at a hospital in Hilton Head, S.C. She moved to Hilton Head Island from Chevy Chase in 1978.

Mrs. Miller was a native of Washington and a graduate of Sidwell Friends School and the old National Park Seminary.

She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase. Her interests included golf and bridge.

Her marriage to Warren Glover ended in divorce. Her second husband, Rear Adm. Francis E. Nuessle, died in 1970. Her third husband, G. Brown Miller, died last year.

Survivors include a son from her first marriage who was adopted by her second husband, Warren G. Nuessle of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; three children from her second marriage, William P. Nuessle of Lenox, Mass., Francis E. Nuessle of Oakland, Calif., and Virginia D. Nuessle of Silver Spring; a sister, Catherine H. Leonard of Washington; and a grandchild.

Ervin J. `Joe' Klopfenstein Jr.

Navy Officer

Ervin Jay "Joe" Klopfenstein, 77, a retired Navy lieutenant who did communications work, died of a lung ailment Aug. 15 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. A resident of the Washington area since 1965, he lived in McLean.

He served in the Navy for 27 years, including a shipboard assignment as a radio operator in the Pacific during World War II. After he retired as a telecommunications officer, he did administrative work for the Naval Telecommunications Command as head of the record and special purpose branch until 1983.

He was a native of Willard, Ohio, who attended Denison University. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes Klopfenstein of McLean; three children, Terry Klopfenstein of Palm Coast, Fla., David Klopfenstein of Centreville and Deborah Curley of Herndon; two brothers; three sisters; and six grandchildren.

John Linwood Scruggs

Railroad Officer

John Linwood Scruggs, 91, a retired officer of the Southern Railway, died of cancer Aug. 14 at Goodwin House in Alexandria.

Mr. Scruggs, a longtime resident of Fairfax, was born in Fredericksburg, Va., and moved to Alexandria as a child. He attended Alexandria High School.

As a young man, he played violin in dance ensembles at the old George Mason Hotel, the Old Dominion Boat Club and elsewhere. During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard a destroyer escort.

In the early 1970s, he retired from the Southern Railway after 46 years of service. He directed inspections of damage to goods shipped on the railway.

He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.

His wife, Kathryn B. Scruggs, died in 1993.

Survivors include two sisters.

Beverly Jo Slane


Beverly Jo Slane, 64, a nurse who worked for about 20 years as a staff nurse at the American Automobile Association's national headquarters in Falls Church, died of a heart attack Aug. 10 at her home in Centreville.

Mrs. Slane was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh in her native Pittsburgh. She worked at Arlington Hospital and was a private duty nurse in the 1960s and a staff nurse at National Airport in the early 1970s. After she left AAA in 1991, she was a caseworker for Corvel Inc., reviewing disability claims and assessing patients.

Mrs. Slane did blood bank and community health screening work for the Red Cross in Fairfax County.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Daniel R. Slane of Centreville, and two children, Daniel C. Slane of Greensboro, N.C., and Pamela Slane Pepe of Vienna.