Samuel W. Bernheimer
Samuel W. Bernheimer, 87, a Realtor who had worked for Bob Duncan Realty in Alexandria from about 1950 until retiring in 1990, died Oct. 15 at his home in Alexandria. He had cancer.
Mr. Bernheimer, an Alexandria native, was valedictorian of the Alexandria High School Class of 1929 and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Before World War II, he lived in Chicago and North Carolina. During the war, he served in the Army in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was a member of the American Legion, the Elks, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Friendship Engine Company and the 1872 Society of Alexandria Hospital. He also belonged to the National, Virginia, and Northern Virginia boards of Realtors. His hobbies included piano playing.
Survivors include two brothers, Sigmund S. and Norman, both of Alexandria.
Richard D. Lambert
Public Information Manager
Richard D. Lambert, 76, a former Washington area resident and retired public information manager for the American Gas Association in Arlington, died of complications from diabetes Oct. 13 at his home in Harrisonburg, Va.
Mr. Lambert, a former Oklahoma and Texas newspaper copy editor, began his career in Washington as an assistant director of public information for the Independent Petroleum Association in 1957. A few years later, he joined the Manufacturing Chemists Association in Washington and worked there for eight years as manager of public relations.
After a brief stay in Colorado Springs, where he was co-owner and founder of an advertising and public relations firm, he came back to the Washington area, then worked 12 years for the American Gas Association before retiring in 1987. He moved to Harrisonburg from Vienna in 1995.
A native of Tulsa, he studied journalism at the University of Oklahoma and served in the merchant marines during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Lambert of Harrisonburg; three daughters, Kathy Treanor of Amissville, Va., Virginia Tidwell of Aurora, Colo., and Liz Huse of Vienna; two sons, Don Lambert of Lakewood, Colo., and David Lambert of Harrisonburg; and seven grandchildren.
James A. Lowery
Federal Probation Officer
James A. Lowery, 67, who retired in 1982 after 21 years as a federal probation officer, died of cancer Oct. 15 at his home in the Prince George's County town of Cedarville, where he lived for about 20 years.
Mr. Lowery was born in Danville, Pa., and raised in Alexandria. He graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria and served in the Air Force during the Korean War.
After his military service, he attended Ohio State University and the University of Maryland, where he received a degree in criminology.
He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Waldorf and the American Legion.
His marriage to Eleanor Lowery ended in divorce.
Survivors include his companion, Doris "Mickey" Bailey of Cedarville; three children, James A. Lowery Jr. of Charlotte Hall, Patrick Lowery of Myakka City, Fla., and Theresa Perry of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and eight grandchildren.
Kathleen J. Lynam
Kathleen Josephine Lynam, 84, a former State and Health, Education and Welfare departments worker who was a retired lieutenant in the Naval Reserve, died of lymphoma Oct. 14 at her home in The Fairfax at Fort Belvoir.
Miss Lynam, a Pennsylvania native, was commissioned in the WAVES in World War II and spent part of the war in Washington doing liaison work between the Bureau of Naval Personnel and the FBI.
After the war, she worked for the Army in a civilian capacity in Berlin, then came to Washington, where she worked in education and training assignments with the State Department. She later transferred to HEW, where she worked on hospital evaluation projects before retiring in 1976.
Miss Lynam, who served in the Naval Reserve for 20 years, was a former resident of the District and of Leisure World in Silver Spring. Last year, she moved to Fort Belvoir, where she was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
Survivors include a sister, Rose Gillard of Narbeth, Pa.
Vernice Key Waters
Vernice Key Waters, 86, who taught at Lovejoy Elementary School in Washington for about 20 years before retiring in 1968, died Oct. 14 at the Washington Home after a stroke. Before moving there in May, she had lived in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Waters, who was born in the Charles County community of Pomonkey, was a 1929 graduate of what was then Bowie Normal School. She taught school in Brice's Chapel, Pomonkey and Hurlock, Md., before coming to the Washington area in 1948.
In the Washington area, she had organized block clubs, was active in PTA groups and did volunteer work.
Earlier, she was the first secretary of the Charles County NAACP. She had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Pomonkey.
Her husband of 65 years, James Carlyle Waters, died in January.
Survivors include four children, Lois W. Davis of Wynnewood, Pa., and Gerald W. Waters, Jacqueline W. Cole and Thomas C. Waters Sr., all of Washington; two sisters; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Robert A. Pejeau
Engineer and Salesman
Robert A. Pejeau, 74, a former General Motors engineer and sales representative who worked on government contracts, died Oct. 16 at his home in Bethesda after a series of strokes.
He was born in Rocky River, Ohio, and served in the Navy during World War II.
He was a 1946 engineering graduate of Yale University and received a master's degree in engineering from Northwestern University.
Mr. Pejeau joined GM after college and came to its Washington offices in 1964. He retired in 1986.
He was a member of St. Jane de Chantel Catholic Church in Bethesda. He enjoyed making jewelry and playing golf.
His first wife, Jean Pejeau, died in the early 1960s.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Jeanne, of Bethesda; his stepmother, Lillian Pejeau of Rocky River; two stepdaughters, Diane Long of Bethesda and Kim Mowry of Gaithersburg; a stepson, Walter Linder of Marion, N.C.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.