Joseph L.B. Murray Jr.

Insurance Agent

Joseph L.B. Murray Jr., 76, an independent insurance agent for nearly four decades, died of cancer Sept. 10 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District.

Mr. Murray had lived in Chevy Chase since the mid-1950s. After retiring from the insurance business in the late 1980s, he was a vice president at Royco, a real-estate business in Silver Spring.

Born and raised in Washington, Mr. Murray graduated from St. John's College High School.

In the Army during World War II, Mr. Murray was stationed in France and Germany.

After the war, he received a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md.

He was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington.

In the 1950s and 1960s, he was the state-national director of the District of Columbia Association of Insurance Agents.

Mr. Murray's avocations included swimming and boating.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Anne T., of Chevy Chase; five children, Burt Murray of Wheaton, Joanne Hill of Riverdale, Mary Murray of Silver Spring, Agnes Gerland of Wayne, Pa., and Cecelia Alford of Marietta, Ga.; and 10 grandchildren.

Joseph H. Felter Jr.

Army Colonel

Joseph H. Felter Jr., 59, a retired Army colonel and Vietnam War veteran who also did consulting work, died Sept. 13 at his home in Vienna after a heart attack.

Upon his retirement from active military duty in 1984, he became chief executive officer of New York-based Wedtech Corp. He settled in the Washington area in 1985, then later founded two consulting businesses, JHF Inc. and Felter Initiatives. Both businesses focused on defense contracts consulting.

He was born in New York City. He received a commission as a second lieutenant after his graduation from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., in 1962. After serving in Vietnam during the war there, he became the aide-de-camp to then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. William C. Westmoreland.

Col. Felter also held battalion- and brigade-level commands in the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash. He received a master's degree in journalism from American University in 1975 and was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.

His military honors included the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.

His marriage to Marilyn Adams ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children, Lisa-Marie Riggins and Jocelyn A. Felter, both of New York City, and Army Maj. Joseph H. Felter III of Manila and Steven Adams Felter of Berkeley, Calif.; his mother, Rosanne Felter of McLean; and a granddaughter.

Mark Cwick

Marine Helicopter Pilot

Mark Cwick, 41, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps and a pilot who helped shuttle the president and vice president via helicopter since 1996, died Aug. 20 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg from injuries sustained during a car accident. He had lived in Stafford for the past three years.

Col. Cwick also was lead analyst for the testing of the MV-22 Osprey, an aircraft that takes off vertically like a helicopter but whose engines rotate forward, giving the craft the speed of an airplane.

While returning home from his duties with the Osprey at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Col. Cwick swerved off the road after a car cut in front of him, said Marine Maj. Brian Baker. Col. Cwick's car hit several trees.

Col. Cwick was born in Bloomington, Ill., and entered the Marine Corps after high school graduation.

He was appointed to the Naval Academy, where he received a bachelor's degree and his commission in 1982.

After assignments overseas piloting a CH-53 helicopter, Col. Cwick graduated in 1996 with a master's degree in operational analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

He was almost three years into his four-year tour of duty as a pilot at Quantico with Marine Helicopter Squadron One, the presidential helicopter squadron.

Survivors include his wife, Laura, and two daughters, Allison and Erin, all of Stafford.

June L. Toole


June L. Toole, 81, an administrator at the Department of Defense, died Sept. 15 at her home in the city of Fairfax.

At the Defense Department's Cameron Station Army Base from 1964 to 1975, Mrs. Toole worked in the division of joint household goods. There, she coordinated moving arrangements for troops who had been transferred.

She then was a secretary at the American Automobile Association in Falls Church, until she retired in 1980.

Mrs. Toole was born in the District and attended Eastern High School. After working as a clerk at the Department of Commerce from 1940 to 1953, she took the next decade off to raise her children.

She lived in Brentwood from the 1930s to the 1950s, moved briefly to Newark and Falls Church, and spent the past 30 years in Fairfax.

An avid bridge player, theatergoer and traveler, Mrs. Toole was a member of Post Cana, Tau Beta Phi sorority and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Fairfax.

Her first marriage, in the late 1940s to Carl Engling, ended in divorce. Her son from that marriage, Carl Engling Jr., died in 1987.

In 1950, she married Carleton Toole, who died in 1990.

Survivors include a son from her second marriage, Dennis, of Woodbridge, and two grandchildren.

Robert Edward Kamosa

Electronics Engineer

Robert Edward Kamosa, 56, an electronics engineer who retired in May after six years with the U.S. Information Agency, died of leukemia Sept. 14 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He lived in Columbia.

Mr. Kamosa, a member of the senior executive service, was director of spectrum management at USIA's international broadcasting bureau. He began working for USIA in 1983 as the Voice of America's deputy director of engineering for projects management.

Earlier, he had worked for the National Security Agency and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

He was a native of Baltimore and a 1971 electrical engineering graduate of the University of Maryland. He received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Linda Kamosa of Columbia; a son, Gregg Kamosa of Cambridge, Mass.; his mother, Dorothy Kamosa of Glen Burnie; and two brothers, Albert of Bowie and John of Sanibel, Fla.

Benjamin S. Stover

Insurance Underwriter

Benjamin S. Stover, 85, a retired insurance underwriter who had lived in the Washington area since 1984, died at the Leewood Nursing Home in Annandale Sept. 15 after a stroke. A former Alexandria resident, he had lived at the nursing home since April.

A native of Lewisville, Tex., Mr. Stover attended the old North Texas State Teachers College and served as Navy Reserve lieutenant commander during World War II.

He worked for insurance companies in Chicago, including Wausau Insurance, before retiring to the Washington area in 1984. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Raphaele Stover of Alexandria; four children, Angela Anderson and Benjamin S. Stover II, both of Alexandria, James Stover of Plano, Tex., and Daniel Stover of Mobile, Ala.; three grandchildren; and a great-grand- daughter.

Bruce Lee Singleton

Political Consultant

Bruce Lee Singleton, 46, a political consultant who was a former Capitol Hill aide, died Aug. 19 at his home in Washington. The cause of death was under investigation by the D.C. Medical Examiner.

Mr. Singleton, who was born in Texas, was a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado.

He came to Washington in 1982 as an aide to then-Rep. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and joined Harkin's Senate staff in 1985. Mr. Singleton later served as director of the oversight and investigations subcommittee of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and as an aide to Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), Rep. Bob Edgar (D-Pa.), and Sen. Jim Sasser (D-Tenn.), and finally, from 1991 to 1993, as chief of staff to Rep. Joan Kelly Horn (D-Mo.).

Since 1993, he had done consulting work specializing in budget and transportation issues and had done work for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He also was a legislative consultant to Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) and a field campaign organizer for Sen. Harkin.

Survivors include a brother.