William A. Behr

Naval Officer, Library Official

William A. Behr, 79, who retired from the Naval Reserve as a commander and was superintendent of buildings and grounds at the Hyattsville branch of the Prince George's County library system, died Sept. 16 at his home in Adelphi of cardiac arrest.

Mr. Behr was born in St. Louis and joined the Navy in 1941 after graduating from St. Louis University with a bachelor's degree in engineering.

He was a pilot in the Pacific theater and won the Navy Cross for helping sink the Japanese light fleet aircraft carrier Ryujo during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons in 1942.

Mr. Behr also was awarded the Purple Heart that same year when his left leg was torn by shrapnel after his plane was hit.

He served in the Korean War and then stayed in the reserves until 1980. From 1954 to 1969, he was vice president of TecFab Inc., a concrete products firm in Beltsville, and for the next few years was manager of operations and sales for Miller & Long, a construction company in Bethesda.

He worked for the library system in Hyattsville from 1972 to 1990 and spent one more year as a consultant there before retiring completely.

Mr. Behr was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beltsville for the last year and a half, but before that belonged to St. Camillus Catholic Church in Silver Spring for more than two decades.

He also was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Royal Order of the Moose.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty J. Behr of Adelphi; two sons, John William Behr of College Park and James Anthony Behr of Laurel; two daughters, Dorothy Farrell of Bowie and Lori Ann Behr of Reston; four grandchildren; four sisters; and three brothers.

Louise H. Gustafson

Square Dance Caller

Louise H. Gustafson, 89, a square dance caller and teacher, died Sept. 26 at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Gustafson was born in Minneapolis and moved to the Washington area 47 years ago. She was a former resident of Silver Spring, Wheaton and Rockville.

In the early 1950s, she organized the Howdy Neighbors Club in Wheaton. She taught folk dancing to the Girl Scouts and square dancing to mental patients at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

She was a former chairman of the League of Women Voters in Kensington.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Forest V. Gustafson of Gaithersburg; two daughters, Susan G. Johnson of Beverly, Mass., and Nancy Gustafson-Smith of Laytonsville; and a granddaughter.

Beatrice Hilda Barr


Beatrice Hilda Barr, 96, who volunteered with the national and local Jewish War Veterans organizations, died Sept. 26 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. She had suffered a stroke.

Mrs. Barr, who taught science at MacFarland Junior High School in the late 1920s, was a Washington native. She was a graduate of Central High School and attended George Washington University.

Mrs. Barr was a member of Hadassah, Adas Israel Congregation in Washington and the Knitting Guild.

Her husband of 41 years, Joseph F. Barr, died in 1965. A daughter, Paula Ida Barr, died in 1935.

Survivors include two sons, Martin David Barr of Lexington, Ky., and John R. Barr of Silver Spring; two sisters, Leah Zanoff and Frances Rosenbaum, both of Rockville; a brother, Henry Levin of Bethesda; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Falk


Elizabeth Falk, 58, a sculptor who taught and exhibited her realistic bronze works in the Washington area, died of emphysema Sept. 18 at a hospice in San Diego. She moved there in 1993.

Mrs. Falk taught at George Mason and American universities and for the Art League of Northern Virginia.

She had shows at the Middendorf Gallery and Gallery K, as well as galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

She was a native of New York and an honors graduate of Ohio State University.

She operated a bronze foundry in Marshfield, Vt., where she also taught, before moving to Washington 20 years ago.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel Falk of Washington; a son, Aaron Falk of Norwalk, Conn.; her father, John Smith of Alexandria; a brother; and a granddaughter.

Jeanne D. Craft

Bank Employee

Jeanne D. Craft, 79, a retired bank account representative, died Sept. 23 at her Springfield home after a stroke.

Mrs. Craft retired in 1989 after 22 years at a District branch of Riggs Bank, where she helped people open new accounts.

Mrs. Craft was born in the District and graduated in 1938 from McKinley High School. She lived in the District until 1959 and then in Hyattsville until 1977 before moving to Springfield.

She was a member for 60 years of the Order of the Eastern Star and was named worthy grandmatron of the District in 1974.

Her husband of 55 years, Arless B. Craft, died in 1996.

She is survived by two sons, John W. Craft of Prince Frederick and Robert E. Craft Sr. of Bowie; two daughters, Patricia C. Elder of Springfield and Carol C. Wenk of Odenton; and six grandchildren.