Harry R. Switzer


Harry R. Switzer, 84, a retired Washington area banker, died of pneumonia and complications after a stroke Sept. 15 in a hospital in Naples, Fla.

Mr. Switzer was a former president of the Central National Bank of Maryland in Silver Spring, a senior vice president of United National Bank in Washington, vice president of Annapolis Federal Savings & Loan and assistant vice president of Suburban Trust Co. He retired in 1983 and moved to Florida. At the time of his death, he was living in Highland Beach.

He was born in Elizabeth City, N.J., and grew up in Florida and in Washington. He graduated from Eastern High School and attended the University of Maryland and George Washington University. He graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

He served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Switzer was an Eagle Scout as a youth and later served as a Boy Scout executive. He also had been a real estate broker, investment securities broker and a claims investigator. In 1970 he was ordained as a Baptist minister specializing in evangelism.

His avocations included playing guitar.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Jeannette Padgett Switzer of Highland Beach; a son, Wayne C. Switzer of Naples, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Louise E. Moore

Nurse and Interpreter

Louise E. Moore, 75, a nurse who retired in 1980 after 32 years with the Washington Veterans Affairs Hospital, died of cancer Sept. 15 at her home in Palm Bay, Fla. She moved there in 1980 from Bethesda.

Mrs. Moore was a native of Washington and a graduate of Eastern High School and American University. She did graduate work in sign language at Gallaudet University and taught the language at the Central Intelligence Agency. She also worked as a freelance interpreter at the National Institutes of Health and in Florida.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, Daughters of the American Revolution, Order of the Eastern Star, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and National Association of the Deaf.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Raymond Moore of Palm Bay.

Wiley Thomas Blackwell Jr.

Exhibits Specialist

Wiley Thomas Blackwell Jr., 82, an exhibits specialist who retired in 1978 after 20 years with the Veterans Administration, died Sept. 20 at his home in Alexandria. He had pneumonia and had suffered strokes.

Mr. Blackwell was born in Selma, Ala., and raised in Washington. He was a graduate of McKinley Technical High School, where he was a track star. He also graduated from Columbia Drafting School and Strayer University.

Early in his career, he was a draftsman for the Labor Department and Signal Corps of the Army.

He was a member of Delta Sigma Nu social fraternity.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Eleanor M. Blackwell of Alexandria; three children, George Blackwell and Janet Blackwell Tedrick, both of Alexandria, and Donna Blackwell Ward of Greenville, S.C.; and six grandchildren.

Joseph Ellis Hamilton

Businessman and Tuskegee Airman

Joseph Ellis Hamilton, 79, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II who later owned television repair shops in the District, died from multiple organ failure Sept. 16 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Hamilton, who was born and raised in South Boston, Va., knew as a child he did not want to follow the family legacy of carpentry: He wanted to be a fighter pilot.

After graduating from Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Va., he started to study for another degree at a Florida school when he left abruptly for Chicago to get a pilot's license and work on airplane engines.

In the early 1940s, Mr. Hamilton went to Alabama and joined the all-black Tuskegee Airmen, known as such because of the air base's name. An accident during training left Mr. Hamilton in shock, and he never went overseas during World War II.

After the war, Mr. Hamilton returned to his home town but still did not like carpentry. So he again went to Chicago to study radio and television repair. A business he started in South Boston failed, and he moved to Washington in 1956 and stayed for the rest of his life.

Mr. Hamilton opened his own shops in the District in the 1960s, called Tri-Color TV, first in Northwest and then in Northeast. After those businesses folded by the end of the decade, he taught television and radio repair at Armstrong Adult Education Center in the District until his retirement in 1983.

In the late 1950s, he helped start and was later a deacon at Church of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in the District.

Mr. Hamilton started flying again after the war and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Washington. He also belonged to the East Coast Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. and the Negro Airmen International Association.

Only after increasing blindness during the last decade was Mr. Hamilton incapable of flying single- and two-engine planes from local airfields. Because he also liked to fish, he patented in recent years a device that helps the blind store tackle and hooks to prevent injury.

His marriage from the 1940s until the 1980s to Bertha L. Hamilton ended in divorce.

He is survived by his son, Brooke Elliott Hamilton of Adelphi; two grandchildren; a sister; and a step-sister.

Paul S. Phillips


Paul S. Phillips, 89, a psychologist in the Washington area for more than three decades who spent much of his extracurricular time exploring different faiths, died of respiratory failure Sept. 20 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

Mr. Phillips worked in private practice in the District until retiring about 20 years ago.

Born in Mexia, Tex., to a Baptist preacher and farmer, Mr. Phillips was raised by relatives in Louisiana. In the 1930s, he received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in psychology at Tulane University.

During World War II, Mr. Phillips joined the Army and worked in a psychiatric unit at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

He moved to Washington after the war and taught at the Washington School of Psychology for a decade before launching his own practice.

Throughout his life, Mr. Phillips enjoyed attending religious ceremonies at different houses of worship and in less-institutional environments, such as meditation groups.

Since the late 1980s, he was a member of Bethesda Meeting Group, which is affiliated with the Quakers. For the last four years, he lived in Sandy Spring at Friends House, a retirement center.

He was married to Verona Griffith from 1936 until her death in 1946.

Mr. Phillips married Isabel Cohn in the late 1940s, and they were together until her death in 1992.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Paul M. and Catherine Holz, both of Middletown, Md.; two children from his second marriage, William of the District and Rebecca Ann Goldstone of San Jose; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and three brothers.

Elizabeth Benn Shinkman

Author and Collector

Elizabeth Benn Shinkman, 92, an author and collector of children's books who during World War II founded the Dogwood Children's Library in Bethesda, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 20 at Springhouse Assisted Living facility in Bethesda.

Mrs. Shinkman, a longtime resident of Washington, moved to the nation's capital in 1942 with her husband. With wartime gasoline rationing in effect, many suburban families could not drive to public libraries so she organized a large neighborhood collection of books to be shared. In this period, she also published a collection of children's poems titled, "Is This Tomorrow?"

She was born in London and graduated from Roedean College. In 1935, she married Paul A. Shinkman who had been London bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune. In the early 1950s, she accompanied him on a Foreign Service assignment to Austria. He died in 1975.

Mrs. Shinkman was an enthusiastic horticulturist and former Garden Therapy chairman of the National Capital Garden Club League. She was a member of the Georgetown Garden Club.

After her husband's death she published a collection of his articles and drawings under the title "So Little Disillusion." About 10 years ago, she published her own memoirs, "The Most Estimable Place and Time."

She was a collector of first editions of children's books and a member of Evermay literary society and the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Washington.

Survivors include three sons, Dr. Paul G. Shinkman of Chapel Hill, N.C., Dr. Christopher J. Shinkman of Bethesda and Bernard F. Shinkman of Ottawa; and five grandchildren.

James Orville Spriggs

NASA Official

James Orville Spriggs, 85, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist who retired as a special assistant to the associate administrator for space science and applications, died of cancer Sept. 19 at Suburban Hospital.

Mr. Spriggs, who lived in Kensington, was born in Syracuse, N.Y. He graduated from Syracuse University, where he also received a law degree. Later he was a clerk in his father's law firm.

In 1942, he moved to Washington and for the next six years was a radio engineer with the Naval Research Laboratory. From 1949 to 1963, he had several positions at the Defense Department. In this period, his work included review and evaluation of guided missile research activities.

He joined NASA in 1963 and specialized in management and liaison work for unmanned spacecraft and remote sensing programs. He retired from federal service in 1970 but continued to do consulting on propulsion systems and rail vehicles for the Department of Transportation.

His avocations included restoring and tuning old music boxes, and he was a member of Music Box Society International and a former secretary and president of the mid-Atlantic chapter.

He was a member of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Patricia Spriggs of Kensington; four sons, James of Gaithersburg, Stephen of Olney, William of Potomac and Kent of Florida; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Jeannie S. Alexander

Nanny and Legal Secretary

Jeannie S. Alexander, 66, a nanny and legal secretary in the Washington area, died of breast cancer Sept. 13 at Washington Home and Hospice in the District.

A resident of Charles Town, W.Va., since 1987, Mrs. Alexander was a nanny most of the decade for several Washington-area families.

She was a legal secretary from 1977 to 1987 at the law firm Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, and El Paso Natural Gas Co., among other companies.

Mrs. Alexander was born in Berwyn, Md., and grew up in College Park. She moved to New York and Connecticut with her first husband in the 1950s and worked as a secretary in Connecticut throughout the 1960s.

She moved to Florida in 1970 and graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College in the mid-1970s before returning to the Washington area later that decade.

Her hobbies included knitting, and she was a charter member of the Shenandoah Knitting Guild in the early 1990s.

Her marriage in the 1950s to William A. Doherty ended in divorce.

She married Air Force Lt. Col. Kenneth W. Alexander in 1966. He died two years later.

Survivors include two children, Debra Doherty of the District, and Bill Dougherty of North Palm Peach, Fla.; a brother; and a sister.

Harry S. Scaggs


Harry S. Scaggs, 82, a retired owner of restaurants that included Fred and Harry's Seafood in Silver Spring, Anchor Inn in Wheaton and the Raindancer in Rockville, died Sept. 18 at a hospital in Pompano Beach, Fla. He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mr. Scaggs was a Washington native who moved two years ago from Silver Spring to Deerfield Beach, Fla. As a young man, he was a route man for American Linen Service Co. He was assistant general manager of the company before becoming co-owner of Fred and Harry's in 1946.

Mr. Scaggs sold his interests in that restaurant and in the Corner Pub in Four Corners 20 years ago. When he retired in 1994, he was vice president of the Scaggs Group Restaurants, which included the Cuckoo's Nest in Olney, Stained Glass Pub restaurants and the Raindancer, as well as two operations in south Florida.

Mr. Scaggs was a director of Equitable Federal Savings and Loan Association. He was a member of the Silver Spring Lions and Elks clubs and the Brooke Manor and Manor country clubs.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mary C. Scaggs of Pompano Beach; two sons, William G. Scaggs of Boca Raton, Fla., and H. Shelby Scaggs Jr. of Silver Spring; a brother, Ralph G. Scaggs of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Laurence Swart Hale

Newspaper Editor and Press Institute Official

Laurence Swart Hale, 74, a former newspaper editor who retired in 1990 after 13 years as an associate director of the American Press Institute in Reston, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 20 at Reston General Hospital.

Mr. Hale had been a reporter for and editor of the Binghamton Press in Binghamton, N.Y., and was an active member in New York newspaper associations before joining the American Press Institute in 1977. At the institute, he planned and conducted seminars for daily and weekly newspaper executives.

In retirement, he briefly worked for the National Grocers Association and did freelance editing.

A Reston resident, he was born and raised in Falconer, N.Y. He served as a radio operator in the Navy during World War II and later graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

He was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston.

Survivors include his wife, Angeline Calanni Hale of Reston; two daughters, Lisa Borg of Germantown and Melissa Nolan of Baltimore; a sister; and three grandchildren. A daughter, Laurie Ann Hale, died in 1982.

Adrienne Marie 'Addie' Utz

Nanny and Store Clerk

Adrienne Marie 'Addie' Utz, 61, a nanny in Centreville and a clerk at Wal-Mart in Fair Lakes, died of injuries from a car accident Sept. 16 on her way from Wal-Mart to her home in Clifton.

Ms. Utz's car was crushed by a tree during the windstorms of Hurricane Floyd, said Jack McAleese, for whose family Ms. Utz was a nanny since the early 1990s.

Ms. Utz was born in De Kalb, Ill., and was raised in Revere, Minn. After moving to several states with her first husband, who was in the Air Force, Ms. Utz lived in Springfield, Minn., from the mid-1960s until the early 1980s.

She owned several businesses in Springfield, including a movie theater and an arts and crafts store, before becoming a nanny in California.

An Alcoholics Anonymous member for the last 15 years, Ms. Utz enjoyed fishing and traveling.

Her marriages to Glen Sparks and Cletus Utz ended in divorce.

She is survived by a son, Don Sparks of Spring Hope, N.C.; four grandsons; a sister; two brothers; and her father, Leslie Mattison of Lamberton, Minn.

Janet A. Mensh


Janet A. Mensh, 73, a volunteer with several Washington area groups for a quarter-century, died of cancer Sept. 14 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

Living in the District from the mid-1940s until the early 1970s, Mrs. Mensh volunteered for the Service Guild of Washington, the Kaufman Camp for Children and the old Garfield Hospital, among other local organizations.

Mrs. Mensh was born in Atlantic City and met her husband when she was 17 after he, a physician, treated her for an illness. They moved to Washington, where Mrs. Mensh was a member of Woodmont Country Club in Rockville.

In the mid-1970s, she moved to Pompano Beach, Fla., where she was a member of the Country Club of Palm Aire.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dr. Maurice Mensh of Pompano Beach; two sons, Jeffrey Mensh of Bethesda and Dr. Ronald Mensh of Williamstown, Mass.; three grandchildren; and two sisters.

William James 'Billy' Boyle Jr.

Detective Sergeant

William James "Billy" Boyle Jr., 83, who served with the Metropolitan Police Department in the District for more than 25 years before retiring in 1973 as a detective sergeant, died Sept. 17 at the home of a niece in Potomac. He had Alzheimer's disease and colon cancer.

Mr. Boyle, a lifelong Washington resident, graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1934 and served in the Navy during World War II.

He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington, the Knights of Columbus and the Retired Metropolitan Police Association.

He was an avid attendee of area horse races and enjoyed following local sports teams.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Myrtle E. Boyle of Potomac; a daughter, Maureen Carlino of Baltimore; a sister, Catherine Boyle Mitchell of Bethesda; a brother, Martin Emmit Boyle of Hemet, Calif.; and a granddaughter. A daughter, Kathleen P. Boyle, died in 1997.

Barbara Fraumann

Administrative Assistant

Barbara Fraumann, 69, an administrative assistant and secretary who had worked at several federal agencies, died Sept. 11 at Beebe Memorial Hospital in Lewes, Del., of complications following a stroke.

Mrs. Fraumann was born in New Haven, Conn. She moved to Washington in 1948.

From 1950 until she retired in 1973, she worked at the Justice Department, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Social Security Administration.

A former resident of Alexandria, she moved to Lewes about five years ago.

Her marriage to Russell Champlin ended in divorce. Her second husband, John Fraumann, died in 1978.

Survivors include one son, Ryland Champlin of Lewes; and one grandson.

Lewis E. Rubin

Justice Analyst

Lewis E. Rubin, 91, a Justice Department official who was in charge of liquidating alien properties in the United States after World War II, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Aug. 29 at a hospital in Boca Raton, Fla. He moved to that city from the District in the 1980s.

Mr. Rubin was a graduate of a business college in his native Brooklyn, N.Y. As a young man, he did accounting work. He moved to Washington to work for Justice in the 1930s. He was chief of the management and liquidation branch of the Office of Alien Property for much of his career and retired from the antitrust division in 1972.

He was a Mason and a member of Temple Sinai in Washington.

His marriage to Esta Garbose ended in divorce. His second wife, Fritzi Freundlich Rubin, died in March.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Dorothy Taylor of San Francisco and Norma Rubin Gattsek of Alexandria; four granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

Harold Lawson Carter

Maintenance Manager

Harold Lawson Carter, 65, the former American Airlines manager of aircraft maintenance for Washington National, Dulles International and Baltimore-Washington International airports, died of respiratory failure Sept. 18 at home in Springfield. He had cancer.

Mr. Carter was born in Jersey City. He graduated from Adelphi University and the Teterboro School of Aeronautics.

In the early 1950s, he served in the Navy, then began his career at American Airlines in New York.

He moved to this area in 1991 and he retired in 1995.

After his retirement, the Aerospace Center at Hampton University, which had been supported by American Airlines, was named after Mr. Carter.

He was a trustee at Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax Station.

Survivors include his wife, Sara Carter of Springfield; one daughter, Lisa Cherelle of Springfield; his mother, Essie Mae Carter of Palm Coast, Fla.; and one grandson.