John Laurence McHugh
John Laurence McHugh, 87, a former chairman of the International Whaling Commission and research official of the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 20 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Dr. McHugh, a resident of Carl Vinson Hall in McLean, was director of the Virginia Fisheries Laboratory in Gloucester Point, Va., from 1951 to 1959. He also was a professor of marine biology at the College of William and Mary.
From 1959 to 1970, he lived in the Washington area and worked in the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in the Interior Department. From 1970 until he retired in 1982, he headed the marine sciences research center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He returned to this area in 1994.
Dr. McHugh was a member of the International Whaling Commission from 1968 to 1972. He also served on the International Tuna Commission.
He was a native of Vancouver, B.C., and a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he also earned a master's degree in marine biology. He received a doctorate in marine biology from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
During World War II, he served in the Canadian army and was wounded during the Normandy campaign.
His marriage to Eileen Smallwood McHugh ended in divorce. His second wife, Sophie Kleban McHugh, died in 1994.
Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Peter McHugh of Annandale, Heather McHugh of Eastport, Maine, and Jan McHugh of London; two stepsons, Edward Kleban of Orleans, Mass., and Donald Kleban of New York City; and four grandchildren.
Hugh J. Bushell
Hugh J. Bushell, 85, a security guard at the National Gallery of Art for 25 years until his retirement in 1973, died Sept. 6 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring of respiratory failure. At the time of his death, he lived at HCR ManorCare long-term-care facility in Wheaton.
Mr. Bushell grew up in Paterson, N.J. He moved to Washington in 1948 after serving more than four years in the Army during World War II. For his service in Northern France and the Rhineland region of Germany, he received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, the latter for an injury to his right leg after a mortar fire struck near him in France in December 1944.
A Washington resident until his move to ManorCare two years ago, Mr. Bushell was a member of the local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He also attended St. Matthew's Cathedral in the District.
Mr. Bushell leaves no immediate survivors.
Kenneth L. Eaton
Michigan Liaison Official
Kenneth L. Eaton, 61, a former deputy director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism who later worked in the Michigan state government office in Washington, died of cancer Aug. 21 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Mr. Eaton, a resident of Oakton, was born in Fowler, Kan. He graduated from Emporia State Teachers College, where he also received a master's degree in psychology.
In the 1960s, he worked for the Iowa education department and then headed a federally funded pilot program on alcoholism and substance abuse. In 1969, he moved to the Washington area and went to work for the National Institute on Mental Health. From 1971 to 1975, he was deputy director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
In the late 1970s, after a period of consulting, Mr. Eaton went to work for the State of Michigan. Although he always lived in this area, he commuted to Michigan for a period, during which he was head of the state's alcohol abuse program. He also was a liaison official with the federal government. He retired in 1991.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sharlie Eaton of Oakton; two sons, David Eaton of Triangle and Michael Eaton of Chantilly; his mother, Margaret Eaton of Fowler; and two brothers.
James A. Recktenwald
James A. Recktenwald, 82, who retired in 1979 as the civilian chief of major weapons systems for the Department of the Army, died of cancer Sept. 7 at Arlington Hospital.
Mr. Recktenwald, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Hornell, N.Y. and graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. During World War II, he served in an Army tank unit in Europe and received a Bronze Star.
After the war, he settled in the Washington area and began working for the Department of the Army. He retired with 37 years of federal service.
He was a member of Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Kathryn Recktenwald of Falls Church; four children, James, of Shorewood, Minn., John, of Roanoke, Lynne Connery of Birmingham and Irene Oyer of Hornell, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.
Gregory G. Geisler
Gregory G. Geisler, 51, a retired Army master sergeant who later worked as a systems analyst at Advanced Technology Systems in McLean, died of cancer Sept. 6 at home in Springfield.
Mr. Geisler was born in Lawrence, Mass., and grew up in Derry, N.H. He began his military career in 1965, and he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He also was posted in Alaska and Japan. In 1980, he settled in the Washington area.
He graduated from Park College with a degree in information management and systems analysis.
Since retiring from the Army in 1987, Mr. Geisler had worked at Advanced Technology Systems.
His marriage to Judith Geisler ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Susan L. Geisler of Springfield; three children of his first marriage, Peter Geisler of Wilmington, Del., Kimberly Hammond of Virginia Beach and Heidi Martinez of Dallas; two stepchildren, Richard Gatt and Grace Gatt, both of Woodbridge; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.
Albert H. Chapman
Albert H. Chapman, 77, a Rockville native who worked in the Washington area for about 40 years as a self-employed electrical contractor before retiring in the early 1980s, died Sept. 7 at a hospital in Gettysburg, Pa., after a heart attack.
Mr. Chapman, who attended Richard Montgomery High School, moved to Gettysburg from Rockville in 1976.
He was a member of the Lions Club. His interests included hunting and reading.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Jane Chapman of Gettysburg; four children, William W. Chapman and Regina Connelly, both of Gettysburg, and Robert W. Chapman and Kathy Repass, both of Frederick; two brothers; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. His daughter Marion Lowe died in 1981.
Charles "Charlie" Demma
Movie Theater Salesman
Charles "Charlie" Demma, 91, a former Broadway song and dance man who retired in 1980 after 34 years in the promotional and group sales division of the K-B movie theater chain, died of respiratory failure Sept. 4 at Randolph Hill Nursing Home in Washington.
Mr. Demma, a Norfolk native, got his start in show business in the late 1920s as a tap dancer in Broadway shows. He became a member of the "Manhattan Steppers" and "Revels" dance troupes.
By the early 1940s, he was living in Washington and working for the Sidney Lust theater chain as a production manager. He helped form USO musical shows during World War II.
For more than 30 years, he and his wife, Dora, produced small-scale entertainment shows to raise money for civic groups and charitable organizations, including Civitan International. In addition to organizing the shows, he also performed song and dance acts until the early 1990s.
In addition to his wife, of Kensington, survivors include two sons, James J. Demma of Rockville and George C. Demma of Germantown; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Grace Paulin, 83, who helped her husband dole out hot dogs, half-smokes, ice cream and other snacks at their small food store in the 7th and T streets NW area of Washington, died Sept. 6 at home in Washington from a heart attack.
Mrs. Paulin co-owned Tim's Confectionery from the early 1940s until the 1970s. It was the second business she ran with her husband, Timothy Joseph Paulin, who died in 1988. The first was a house on S Street in which they rented rooms.
From the mid-1960s until her death, Mrs. Paulin was an active member of the Keystone Grand Chapter, a fraternal organization affiliated with the Masons. She focused her fund-raising skills largely on sickle-cell anemia research.
During her time with the group, she served as worthy matron of Eureka Chapter No. 5 during the 1970s. Afterward, she became a most worthy grandmatron of the Daughters of Sphinx until the early 1990s. She was also a member of the Royal House, the highest degree within the organization.
Mrs. Paulin grew up in Campbell County, Va., and came to Washington in 1934.
She leaves no immediate survivors.