Joseph T. Flakne


Joseph T. Flakne, 98, a former Alaskan labor relations officer and Lorton resident who was active in civic organizations and promoting environmental and women's rights issues, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 2 at a Minneapolis retirement home.

While living in Lorton from 1964 to 1995, he devoted his time to volunteer work with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, the League of Women Voters in Fairfax and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, among others.

He led student field trips to area parks and spoke on natural resource conservation. As a member of the League of Women Voters, he took part in a successful effort to place a historic marker at the site of the former Occoquan Workhouse, where suffragists were imprisoned for picketing the White House in 1917.

Prior to 1964, he spent about 30 years in Alaska while holding a myriad of government jobs such as engineer with the Alaska-Canada Highway Department and assistant to the commissioner for the Pacific Trust Territories.

Mr. Flakne was born in Minnesota. He moved to the Alaskan territory frontier in 1929 and, as a young man, worked with the U.S. Biological Survey and attended the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

His wife of 42 years, Irene Hodges Flakne, died in 1976.

There are no immediate survivors.

Kim Ray Prock

Home Remodeler

Kim Ray Prock, 44, a former contractor who specialized in home remodeling before a motorcycle accident forced an early retirement in the mid-1990s, was found dead Sept. 22 at his home in Fairfax after an apparent heart attack.

He had been in poor health with heart disease and high blood pressure, said his brother, Jack Prock.

Kim Prock was born in Cottonwood, Ariz. He came with his family to Alexandria as a youngster and later attended T.C. Williams High School.

He did home remodeling work in Northern Virginia for about 17 years.

For the last eight years, he was a member of and counselor with Alcoholics Anonymous.

Survivors include his brother, of Fairfax.

Ruth Gates Berkeley


Ruth Gates Berkeley, 80, who was active in the Lake Barcroft Neighborhood Association in Falls Church during the late 1970s and 1980s, died Sept. 21 at her home in Port Royal, S.C. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Berkeley, a former McLean resident, moved from Falls Church to Port Royal in 1997. During a part of her more than 35 years in Northern Virginia, she was active in the Lake Barcroft neighborhood watch program and hosted and cooked for many of the association's social events.

Mrs. Berkeley, who was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, came with her family to this country as a youngster and grew up in San Diego.

While working in San Diego as a department store buyer, she met her future husband, Randolph Carter Berkeley Jr., a Marine officer who later retired as a colonel.

In addition to her husband, of Port Royal, survivors include three children, Janet Berkeley Johnson of Charlotte and Randolph C. Berkeley III and Phillips Boyd Berkeley, both of Port Royal; and three granddaughters.