Kathryn Campbell Babcock
Kathryn Campbell Babcock, 84, a former librarian who was a member of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda and the Chevy Chase Women's Club, died Sept. 27 at Suburban Hospital. She had osteoporosis.
Mrs. Babcock, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Williamsport, Pa.
She came with her family to Washington as a youngster and attended Central High School. After graduating from George Washington University with a degree in library science, she worked in the late 1930s as a librarian for the Library of Congress.
She married Wallace I. Babcock in 1942 and devoted her time to raising a family. Her other passions included bridge, travel and the Alpha Delta Pi social sorority, of which she was a member.
In addition to her husband, of Bethesda, survivors include three children, William W. Babcock of Bethesda, Deborah Babcock-Daley of Annandale and Gregory C. Babcock of Vienna; a brother; and two grandchildren.
James A. McDevitt
James A. McDevitt, 86, a State Department foreign service officer for 23 years before retiring in 1969 as a foreign service inspector, died of cancer Sept. 27 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He lived in Arlington.
His overseas tours included assignments as an administrative attache in Rome and as first secretary and consul in Ottawa.
Mr. McDevitt, an Ohio native, was a 1935 economics graduate of the University of Chicago. He served in the Navy during World War II and retired from the reserve in 1973 as a commander.
He was a recipient of State's Superior Honor Award. He had been a member of the American Foreign Service Association, the Society for International Development and the University Club.
He leaves no immediate survivors.
John Basil Martin
John Basil Martin, 78, an industrial engineer who retired in 1983 after 25 years with Litton Industries in College Park, died Sept. 30 at Doctors Hospital in Lanham. He had myelofibrosis, a blood disorder.
Mr. Martin, who lived in College Park, was a native of Keyser, W.Va.
During World War II, he served as a B-17 bomber pilot and flew 50 combat missions over Europe. His duties there included service as a first pilot, squadron leader and group leader.
After his discharge as a captain in 1945, he graduated from Potomac State College in Keyser, then attended an industrial training institute in Chicago before settling in the Washington area in the early 1950s.
He also studied industrial engineering at the University of Maryland and retired from the Air Force Reserve with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1983.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Louise Martin of College Park; two children, John B. Martin III of Laurel and Gaylen Sue Barbour of Lanham; a brother; and five grandchildren.
Gerald E. Buker Sr.
Gerald E. Buker Sr., 53, an auditor in the inspector general's office at the Department of Transportation, died of brain cancer Sept. 30 at his home in Bethesda.
Mr. Buker was a native of Palmyra, Maine, and a graduate of American University, where he also received a master's degree in computer science. He was a special events coordinator at American before beginning his 21-year career at Transportation as a computer specialist.
He was a teacher at Catholic Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda and a volunteer in the Catholic Youth Organization sports program there. He was also a Boy Scout leader.
Survivors include his wife, Quinta Buker, and three children, Meg Buker, Sandie Buker and Eddie Buker, all of Bethesda; a brother; and a sister.
Catherine Heatwole Borras
Catherine Heatwole Borras, 78, who retired in 1986 after about 30 years as executive assistant to the director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, died of emphysema Oct. 2 at her home in Washington.
Mrs. Borras was born in Atlanta and raised in Washington. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended George Washington University.
Her husband, Cristobal Borras, died in 1967.
Survivors include two daughters, Trina Borras and Crista Borras, both of Washington; a sister, Dorothy Hillman of Washington; and two brothers, William Heatwole of Washington and David Heatwole of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Emma Albright Koester
Emma Albright Koester, 99, an elementary school teacher in the D.C. public schools for 25 years before her retirement in 1970, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 18 at MontVue Nursing Home in Luray, Va.
She taught at Thomson Elementary School from 1945 to 1960, then served on the faculty of Seaton Elementary until retiring.
Mrs. Koester, who was born in Yates, N.Y., was a 1921 graduate of what was then the State Normal School at Buffalo. She taught elementary school in the Buffalo area before coming to Washington in the mid-1930s.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Washington for 48 years and then joined Resurrection Lutheran Church in Arlington when she moved to that city in the early 1980s. For the last two years, Mrs. Koester lived in Luray and was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church there.
She was a member of the Buffalo State Alumni Association. Her hobbies included crocheting and knitting.
Her husband, Karl Koester, whom she married in 1935, died in 1975. Survivors include a daughter, Karlota Koester of Luray.