DeWest Hooker

Oil Broker

DeWest Hooker, 81, president and owner of the Independent Refining Cooperative Inc., a Washington oil brokerage concern, for the last 15 years, died of cancer Sept. 22 at the Washington Home. He had lived in the District for the past 12 years.

Mr. Hooker was a native of Memphis and a graduate of Cornell University. Before coming to Washington, he had owned and managed a 7-Up franchise in northern Italy.

Over the years, he also had produced and acted in syndicated television programs.

His marriage to Mary Glyde Barbey ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Elena Brunelli Hooker of Washington, and their daughter, Jacqueline Hooker of Milan; five children from his first marriage, Grant Hooker Barbey of Carpinteria, Calif., John E. Hooker of Oberwil, Switzerland, Kellogg Barbey of Chene-Bougeries, Switzerland, Katrina Barbey Burrus of Vandoeuvres, Switzerland, and Thomas Hooker Barbey of Santa Monica, Calif.; a brother; and eight grandchildren.

Minas Vasilios Ikonomidis


Minas Vasilios Ikonomidis, 50, the co-owner of Stryker's Cafe & Restaurant in Fairfax who had run the establishment for the last four years, died of cancer Sept. 24 at his home in Burke.

Mr. Ikonomidis, who was born in Greece, moved to Baltimore in 1966. After graduating in 1972 from George Mason University with a degree in electrical engineering, he joined the Army as a mechanic.

Since the mid-1970s, he worked as a waiter and manager at several area restaurants, including a decade-long job as manager of Alfio's in the District.

His hobbies included watching sports and cooking, notably steak.

Mr. Ikonomidis lived in the District in the early 1970s and moved to Annandale in 1977. He moved to Burke in the mid-1990s.

His marriage to Diane Ikonomidis ended in divorce.

He is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Ikonomidis of Burke and Jennifer Ikonomidis of Centreville; two sons, Vasili and Manoli, both of Burke; his mother, Kaliopi Economides of Greece; and a sister.

Louie F. Bellucci


Louie F. Bellucci, 74, who as a drummer performed with bands in Washington nightclubs such as the Blue Mirror and the Gaslight Club in the late 1950s and 1960s, died of diabetes Sept. 23 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Bellucci, a Washington native and longtime District resident, graduated from Eastern High School. After retiring from music in the 1970s, he owned and operated a bumper sticker design and printing business for about 10 years.

He was a member of Church of Scientology in Washington.

His marriage to Ann Bellucci ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Conte Bellucci of Bowie and Frank Bellucci of Chester, Md.; a sister, Vince Mary Warring of Washington; and three grandchildren.

Samuel D. Falbo

Personnel Management Specialist

Samuel D. Falbo, 79, a retired federal personnel management specialist and former College Park and Silver Spring resident, died Sept. 18 at a nursing home in Austin after a series of strokes.

Mr. Falbo had a civil service career spanning more than 25 years. It included work for the Civil Service Commission, the Army Signal Corps, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Office of Economic Opportunity. He retired in 1973 after about five years with the Smithsonian Institution and moved from the Washington area to Austin in 1979.

He was born near Keewatin, Minn. He worked as a clerk for the Civilian Conservation Corps, then joined the Navy during World War II and served as a pharmacist's mate aboard the USS Florence Nightingale in North Africa. He also was stationed in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and later the Navy Dispensary at the Naval Research Lab in Anacostia.

In 1946, he met and married the former Mary Louise Hamner in Washington. They lived in College Park, where he sang in the Methodist Church choir and was president of the PTA of High Point High School in the mid-1960s. Later, they moved to Silver Spring, where they pursued many hobbies together, including gardening, square-dancing, fishing and playing bridge. In retirement, they traveled extensively throughout North America, eventually settling in Austin to be nearer their only child, Dr. Toni Falbo.

In addition to his wife and daughter, both of Austin, survivors include a brother, two sisters and a granddaughter.

Sumner J. Maletz

Civil Defense Official

Sumner Jay Maletz, 82, who was struck and killed Sept. 23 by a tractor-trailer as he crossed Georgia Avenue in Wheaton, was a retired General Services Administration section chief overseeing storage depots of medical supplies.

Mr. Maletz, who had lived at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Wheaton since 1992, was struck in the northbound lane of Georgia Avenue at Henderson Avenue about 10 a.m. He was airlifted to Suburban Hospital and pronounced dead there a few hours later.

Mr. Maletz, a former Laurel and Washington resident, was born in Boston. He came to Washington in 1939, served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps during World War II and attended the University of North Carolina on the G.I. bill.

After working for several years at the Veterans Administration, he joined the GSA in 1959. Among other things, he was involved in purchasing old limestone mines in West Virginia and elsewhere to be used for warehousing medical supplies for use in national emergencies. He retired in 1979.

Survivors include a sister, Rosalie Green of San Jose, Calif., and a brother, U.S. District Court Judge Herbert Maletz of Baltimore.

Georgia Middleton Panther

Floral Arranger, Cashier

Georgia Middleton Panther, 80, a self-employed floral arranger and clothing designer who also worked in the cashier's officer at George Mason University, died of heart disease Sept. 23 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.

Mrs. Panther, a native of Oklahoma, did floral arrangements for weddings and other events since moving to Fairfax City in 1963. She was a cashier at George Mason for about 10 years, until 1989.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Herbert J. Panther of Fairfax City; four children, James C. Panther of River Vale, N.J., Evelyn P. Renz of Annapolis, Thomas M. Panther of Springfield and Ellen P. Dolan of Frederick; a brother; two sisters; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.