Darrell Franklin Armstrong

Mortgage Banker

Darrell Franklin Armstrong, 67, who was with First Virginia Mortgage in Falls Church for 25 years before retiring in 1995 as a senior vice president, died of pneumonia Sept. 6 at Arlington Hospital.

Mr. Armstrong, who lived in Arlington, was a native of Roanoke Rapids, N.C. After serving in the Army, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1955 and settled in the Washington area.

Before joining First Virginia Mortgage, he worked in the Arlington offices of the Virginia Employment Commission and in the real estate section of a law firm.

He was a past president and assistant treasurer of the Fairfax Hunt, past president of the Arlington Jaycees and a member of the Arlington civic group Committee of 100.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Ann Armstrong of Arlington, and a sister.

Keith Ellsworth Townsend

Electronics Engineer

Keith Ellsworth Townsend, 84, a retired National Security Agency electronics engineer, died Sept. 5 at his home in Kensington. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Townsend, who spent about 20 years with the NSA before retiring in the early 1980s, was a native of Iowa. He served in the Army during World War II, mainly in the South Pacific, and he later graduated with a degree in engineering from the University of Denver.

He was an active member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church and a member of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors.

Skilled in metal and woodworking, he pursued classes in the design and creation of jewelry at Montgomery College in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Margaret N. Townsend of Kensington; a daughter, Vivian E. "Beth" Torre of Woodbridge; three brothers; a sister; and three granddaughters.

David Patrick Emory

Heating and Ventilation Engineer

David Patrick Emory, 58, a Washington native and retired heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineer, died of cancer Sept. 6 at a medical center in Boston. A former Gaithersburg resident, he moved to Brookline, Mass. in 1987.

Mr. Emory was a graduate of Western High School and a Vietnam War Army veteran.

He worked in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning field before and after his military service, including for Children's Hospital in the 1970s and for Lord & Taylor department stores in the mid-1980s.

His marriage to his first wife, Gladys Emory, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth A. Emory of Brookline; four children from his first marriage, Holly Beatty of Warrentown, Kim Davies of Baltimore, Susie Emory of Manassas and David Emory Jr. of Washington; two brothers, John P. Emory of Surfside Beach, S.C., and Larry Emory of Fredericksburg; and three grandchildren.

Bernadine C. Denny


Bernadine C. Denny, 84, who retired in 1980 after 29 years as an accountant with the American Federation of Government Employees, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 9 at Manor Care in Chevy Chase.

Ms. Denny, a District resident since 1940, was a native of Cresson, Pa., and a graduate of Benjamin Franklin University.

She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington.

Survivors include a sister, Helen Denny of Washington.

Harry Cromer

AID Auditor General

Harry Cromer, 74, a international affairs and foreign assistance consultant who in the 1970s served as auditor general of the Agency for International Development, died of pneumonia Sept. 5 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Cromer, a former General Accounting Office deputy director, served as AID auditor general from 1973 to 1977. Earlier, he spent 15 years as staff consultant to the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as staff director of its subcommittees on Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific.

He was born in Detroit and raised in Harrisonburg, Va. During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard minesweepers and destroyers in the Atlantic and the Pacific. After graduating from what is now Strayer University, he worked as a certified public accountant and later joined the GAO, where his managerial positions included deputy director of the Far East branch in Tokyo.

In retirement, he worked as a consultant on governmental affairs and U.S. foreign assistance. Among his clients were Egypt, Jordan and Gabon.

His honors included the Meritorious Service Medal from the General Accounting Office and the Superior Honor Award from the State Department.

He was a member of the Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs and the Bethesda Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Y. Cromer of Bethesda; a son, Michael Cromer of Park City, Utah; three sisters, Vera Kincheloe of Charlotte, N.C., Ana C. Hedrick of Crofton, and Eleanor C. Cregger of Rockville; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Raymond Walling Bates

Interior Designer

Raymond Walling Bates, 82, an award-winning architectural and interior designer whose projects included the restaurant Clyde's of Georgetown, died of complications from kidney failure Sept. 2 at Laurel Regional Hospital.

Through his consulting firm, which he started in 1950, Mr. Bates was involved in restoration projects of houses along Embassy Row and the surrounding Kalorama neighborhood in northwest Washington, the presidential palace in Managua, Nicaragua, and well-known Washington restaurants such as famed Blackie's House of Beef. He also designed a number of homes for prominent Washington figures.

Mr. Bates was a Washington native. He graduated from Eastern High School and attended the American Institute of Banking. After serving in the Army during World War II and receiving the Purple Heart for wounds inflicted in Okinawa, he returned to Washington and later started what is now Bates & Co. Consultants in Architectural and Interior Designs.

He also was a religious leader, heading the nondenominational Faith Landmark Ministries in Washington from 1987 to 1994. In 1991, he wrote the spirituality book, "Wilt Thou Be Made Whole."

Survivors include his wife, Opal Bates of Washington; two sons, Scott Bates of Germantown and Darryl Bates of Arlington; and six grandchildren.

John Randolph Lester


John Randolph Lester, 74, a stockbroker at several area investment firms, died Sept. 5 of coronary vascular disease at Circle Manor Nursing Home in Kensington, where he had lived since the mid-1990s. He had a debilitating stroke a decade ago.

Mr. Lester was born in Washington, grew up in Garrett Park and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in the District. He attended the University of Maryland.

In 1950, Mr. Lester went to work for Robert C. Jones & Co., a firm that became Jones, Kreeger & Co. He also was a stockbroker in the now-closed Bethesda office of Johnston, Lemon & Co. Inc.

The last position Mr. Lester held was at Rushmore Funds in Bethesda, and he retired in the early 1990s.

He sang in the choir at St. David's Episcopal Church in the District and performed with the now-defunct Washington Civic Opera run by the D.C. Department of Recreation and Parks. He also was an avid tennis player.

His marriages to Gloria Kolar and Marilyn Grundig ended in divorce.

He is survived by a son from his first marriage, Paul, of Chino Valley, Ariz.; and a grandson.