Morris Chertkov

CAB Executive Director

Morris Chertkov, 90, executive director of the Civil Aeronautics Board during the Kennedy administration, died Sept. 29 at the Manor Care nursing center in Silver Spring. He had Alzheimer's disease.

He began with the CAB as a staff attorney in 1947, after working for the Office of Price Administration. He was an assistant to a CAB member before being named director. After he retired, he was general counsel and executive director of the Alaska Public Utilities Commission and then was in private practice in Washington.

Mr. Chertkov was born in Ukraine and was raised in Dallas. He was a graduate of the University of Chicago and its law school. He taught economics and labor law at the University of Seattle before moving to the Washington area in 1942.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart.

His marriage to Lillian Chertkov ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Ruth Naomi Chertkov of Silver Spring; a son from his first marriage, Boren Chertkov of Sacramento; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Frank Buford Bowen

Army Officer

Frank Buford Bowen, 86, an Army lieutenant colonel who retired in 1954 from an infantry posting in Germany and later was a programmer, died Oct 1 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He had diabetes.

Mr. Bowen, a Rockville resident, was born in Richmond and was raised in Burgaw, N.C. He was a graduate of North Carolina State University.

He served in the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II and in Korea during the Korean War. He later retired from the Army Reserve. After he left active duty, he was a stocks and bonds salesman and a computer programmer with IBM.

His military honors included a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Mr. Bowen was a director of the Northern American Lilly Society and president of the Potomac chapter. He founded several investment clubs and was president of the Washington Council of the National Association of Investment Clubs. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and a deacon and elder in Rockville Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Vicki E. Bowen of Rockville; two daughters, Diana Bowen Kilcullen of Vienna and Valerie Bowen Price of North Quincy, Mass.; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Lucille Euler

Flower Arranger

Lucille Euler, 85, a teacher and practitioner of Ikebana flower arranging, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 5 at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church.

Mrs. Euler was born in Eldridge, N.D. In 1939, she married Sherman F. Euler, who became a Foreign Service officer. He died in 1987.

They moved to the Washington area and settled in Falls Church when he began his career in the Foreign Service in the 1950s.

They subsequently were posted in Turkey and Japan, where Mrs. Euler learned Ikebana. She later taught Ikebana and became a member of the D.C. chapter of Ikebana International.

She was an officer of the Falls Church Women's Club.

There are no immediate survivors.

Darwin Robert Wright

EPA Engineer

Darwin Robert Wright, 59, an engineer who retired in 1995 from the research and development office of the Environmental Protection Agency, died Oct. 1 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia, after suffering a brain aneurysm. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Wright was a native of Luzerne, Iowa, and was a graduate of Iowa State University. He worked for the Public Health Service doing water quality control and research before joining EPA at its formation.

Mr. Wright was a volunteer with the National Hospital for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, M. Colleen Wright, and three children, Allison Wright, Daniel Wright and Sean Wright, all of Arlington; four sisters; and a brother.

Alma W. Carr


Alma W. Carr, 91, a stenographer at the Interstate Commerce Commission during the 1930s, died Sept. 30 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.

Mrs. Carr, a Washington area resident since about 1930, lived at the Virginian Continuing Care Retirement Community in Fairfax for the last 12 years.

She was born in Little Rock and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. She attended Stetson University in Florida for one year and in the late 1920s received a business certificate from that school.

Hobbies included sewing, cooking and ballroom dancing.

Her husband, James I. Carr, whom she married in 1933, died in 1986.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Carr Ostrowski of Alexandria; a son, Richard Carr of Lansdowne; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Humphrey Thomas Potter

AID Civil Engineer

Humphrey Thomas Potter, 88, a civil engineer who worked for the Agency for International Development for 20 years before retiring in 1975 as a programs supply administrator, died of lymphoma Sept. 28 at the home of his son in Alexandria.

Mr. Potter, who lived in Brooksville, Fla., had lived in Arlington from 1947 until moving to Florida in 1975. He was a native of England and a graduate of the British Army Technical School in Shepstow, England.

During World War II, he was an officer in the British Army's Royal Engineers and did liaison work with U.S. presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, receiving the U.S. Legion of Merit.

He settled in this country in 1947. Before joining what became AID, he was a civil engineer with the Indian Supply Mission of the government of India. During his years with AID, he served in Africa, the Far East and Latin America.

His wife, Millicent, died in 1991. Survivors include a son, Thomas P., of Alexandria; two grandsons; four great-grandchildren; and a sister.

Mary Patricia Madden

Office Manager and Dental Hygienist

Mary Patricia "GrandMary" Madden, 86, a lifelong Washington resident and former dental hygienist and office manager, died of complications from cancer Oct. 1 at her daughter's home in Potomac.

Mrs. Madden, a third-generation Washingtonian, graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and Georgetown University.

She worked in the Washington office of her husband, Dr. Joseph A. Madden, as a dental hygienist in the 1930s and as an office manager for about 15 years until 1975.

She was a member and past treasurer of the Washington Dental Auxiliary and a past president of the St. John's Mothers Club and the St. Ann's Mothers Club.

Her avocations included traveling.

Her husband died in 1975, and a son, Michael T. Madden, died in 1979.

Survivors include three children, Joseph A. Madden of San Diego, Walter H. "Lefty" Madden of Gaithersburg and Sally Ann Pilkerton of Potomac; a brother, Michael V. Morris of Waldorf; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.