James A. Forbes Sr.


James A. Forbes Sr., 85, a retired bishop and president emeritus of the United Holy Church of America, a nationwide Pentecostal denomination based in Goldsboro, N.C., died of heart ailments Oct. 17 at the Holy Cross Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Silver Spring.

Bishop Forbes, who lived in Silver Spring, came to the Washington area in 1989 and was an adviser to local churches of the denomination.

As a young man, he pastored churches in his native North Carolina and was named a bishop in the church's organization in 1960. He served in numerous leadership positions on the district and national level before retiring in 1986.

His first wife, Mabel Clemons Forbes, died in 1969,and his second wife, Lillie Williams Forbes, died in 1982.

Survivors include eight children from his first marriage, Evangeline F. Richardson of Hartsdale, N.Y., Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. of New York City, Gwendolyn F. Towns of Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Ronald O. Forbes of Richmond, Dr. David C. Forbes Sr. of Garner, N.C., Barbara F. Peart of Lauderhill, Fla., and Effie F. West and Anna F. Towns, both of Silver Spring; three brothers; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Elaine Dietch Patterson

Interior Designer

Elaine Dietch Patterson, 68, an interior designer for area department stores who started her own business in the late 1980s, died of lung cancer Oct. 17 at her home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Patterson worked at Lord & Taylor and Woodward & Lothrop from the mid-1970s to the mid-'80s. From then until shortly before she died, Mrs. Patterson ran Carpet Flooring Systems from her home.

She was a member of the International Furnishings and Design Association and this year received the Washington chapter's highest honor, the Heart and Soul Award.

In the early 1970s, she was president of the Brandeis University national women's committee.

Mrs. Patterson taught religious school at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase in the 1960s and '70s and sang with local choirs in the 1960s.

Her marriage to Burton Dietch ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Duane Patterson, of Bethesda; a son from her first marriage, Michael Dietch of Silver Spring; a daughter from her first marriage, Marcy Johnson of San Diego; and a brother.

Betty T. Glassman

Personnel Specialist

Betty T. Glassman, 74, who retired in 1993 after about 20 years as a personnel specialist with the commissioned corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, died of multiple myeloma Oct. 16 at her home in Kensington.

Among her duties was serving as editor of the Commissioned Corps Bulletin, an internal publication of the agency.

Mrs. Glassman was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Eastern High School. She studied music at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and at the Toronto Conservatory of Music before graduating from Catholic University in 1947.

She was a member of the Na'Amat USA Jewish women's organization and a past president of its Dimona Club. She also was a member of the Zionist group Habonim and the Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim Congregation in Silver Spring.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Harold Glassman of Kensington; three children, Rachel Ragland of Hawthorne Woods, Ill., Joe Glassman of Arlington and Miriam Giguere of Glenside, Pa.; two sisters, Annette Rottenberg of Natick, Mass., and Adele Lehrman of Kensington; a brother, Al Temin of Silver Spring; and five grandchildren.

Rita Jane Thomas

Company Official

Rita Jane Thomas, 84, who retired in 1983 as secretary of the corporation at the Early, Cassidy & Schilling Inc. insurance company, died of a pulmonary embolism Oct. 17 at Georgetown University Hospital. She lived in Washington.

She worked for the insurance concern for 40 years. In her final job, she was an assistant to its president.

Mrs. Thomas was born in Washington, where she graduated from Immaculate Conception High School.

In retirement, she did volunteer work at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Bethesda.

Her husband of 40 years, Fred Thomas, died in 1994. Survivors include two sisters, Mildred Harper of Silver Spring and Mary Catherine Lawson of Gaithersburg.

Ada Gray Piper


Ada Gray Piper, 98, a retired educator who had worked in D.C. public schools and at Miner Teachers College, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 12 at home in Washington.

Ms. Piper was born in Edwards, Miss. She completed high school in Des Moines. In 1921, she came to Washington to attend Miner Teachers College while working at the Government Printing Office.

After graduating from Miner, she began her teaching career at Birney Elementary School. Later, she taught at Garnet Patterson Junior High School. In 1941, she received a master's degree in history from Howard University and in 1947 received a master's degree in geography from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

She then joined the faculty at Miner as a geography teacher. She retired in 1970 as an assistant professor.

Ms. Piper was on the trustee board of Berean Baptist Church in the 1970s and '80s.

She was active in the Howard University Alumni Association.

Her marriage to Benjamin Piper ended in divorce.

Survivors include two brothers, Dr. James C. Gray and Herman V. Gray, both of Washington; and four sisters, Thelma Eldridge and Gladys Saunders, both of Washington, and Nerissa Smith and Doris Taylor, both of Edwards, Miss.

Earl Louis Williams

Electronics Engineer

Earl Louis Williams, 79, a former Lanham resident who retired in 1975 after 31 years as an electronics engineering specialist at the National Security Agency, died of complications from a connective tissue disorder Oct. 4 at a nursing home in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Mr. Williams, an Arlington native, attended Washington-Lee High School in Arlington and studied radio electronics as a young man.

He moved to Anderson, S.C., in 1975, and lived there until he moved to Tennessee in January.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Evans Williams of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; two daughters, Janet Irene Tilton of Charles Town, W.Va., and Joan Williams Johnson of Springfield, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Conrad E. Kunkel

Postal Officer

Conrad E. Kunkel, 83, who specialized in routing, management and systems control for the U.S. Postal Service, died of heart ailments Oct. 19 at Montgomery General Hospital.

Mr. Kunkel, who lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring, was born in Chicago. He attended DePaul University and later American and George Washington universities.

He worked for the post office in Chicago before moving to this area in 1963. He retired from the Postal Service in 1971.

Mr. Kunkel was grand knight of the Rosensteel Council of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

He was a former president of the civic organization at Leisure World.

His first wife, Margaret A. Kunkel, died in 1986.

Survivors include his wife, Caroline Grau Kunkel of Leisure World; five children from his first marriage, Margaret Dean of Silver Spring, James H. Kunkel of Warrenton, William Kunkel of Bealeton, and Susan Kunkel and Louise Kunkel, both of Laurel; three stepchildren, Maggie Bean of Boyds, Charles Grau of Beltsville and Peter Grau of Chantilly; and nine grandchildren.

William John McCormick

ICC Officer

William John McCormick, 80, who was chief of the financial analysis section and on the accounting and finance boards of the Interstate Commerce Commission, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 15 at his home in Arlington.

Mr. McCormick joined the ICC in 1948, and he retired in 1980. After his federal retirement, he was a financial consultant. He practiced before the ICC and was an associate with the Jack Turney law firm.

He was born in Buffalo and attended the University of Buffalo and George Washington University. He received a degree in accounting from Benjamin Franklin University. During World War II, he served in the Army Signal Corps and was posted in Washington.

Before joining the ICC, he worked for General Motors in Buffalo and Washington Gas Light Co.

He was a former vestryman and treasurer of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington and a member of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in McLean.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Basham McCormick of Arlington; two daughters, Carol Anne McCormick of Minneapolis and Eileen McCormick Place of Arlington; and four grandsons.

Lucien L. Rich


Lucien L. Rich, 75, a professor of mechanical engineering who retired in 1990 after 34 years at Howard University, died of a neurological ailment Oct. 17 at his home in the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, Md. He moved there last year from Washington.

Mr. Rich was born in Alexandria. He was a graduate of Dunbar High School, where he was valedictorian, and Howard University. He received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from New York University.

He began his career at Tuskegee Institute in 1946 and also taught at Hampton University. He worked at the Atomic Energy Commission, Harry Diamond Laboratories and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration during the summers while teaching at Howard.

Mr. Rich was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary, Beta Kappa Chi scientific society, American Society for Engineering Education, People's Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington and the Brightwood Civic Association, which he helped found. He was faculty adviser to the Howard student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, department representative to the university senate and a member of the university steering committee in 1969.

His wife of 49 years, Grace Hardy Rich, died in 1994.

Survivors include two children, Kenneth Rich of Ridgefield, Conn., and Margaret Rich Coleman of Virginia Beach; a half sister, Esther Rich Bates of Washington; and six grandchildren.

Merrill F. 'Max' Hadley

Systems Analyst

Merrill F. "Max" Hadley, 67, a former senior systems analyst for the Navy Department and Integrated Microcomputer Systems in Washington, died of respiratory failure Oct. 18 at Washington Hospital Center. He lived in Bowie.

Mr. Hadley was at the Navy Department from 1965 to 1987 and retired from IMS in 1990. He then worked part time doing odd jobs for the Bowie Baysox baseball team.

Mr. Hadley was born in Long Beach, Calif. He served in the Navy from 1952 to 1960 as a communications technician second class.

In the early 1960s, he was a programmer at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt and worked at the National Security Agency.

Mr. Hadley volunteered for FISH of Bowie, a service group. He also was a member of two square-dancing organizations, the Bel Air Square Cats and the Happy Wanderers.

Among his avocations were gardening, camping, bridge and bowling.

His marriage to Sarah Hadley ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Andrea Adams-Hadley of Bowie; four children from his first marriage, John F., of Reston, William L., and Susan H. Roy, both of Sterling, and Catherine J. Stanley of Emmitsburg, Md.; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Eugene J. Zander

Maryland State House Delegate

Eugene J. Zander, 95, a Democratic who represented Silver Spring and Wheaton in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1967 to 1979, died Oct. 19 at his home in Silver Spring after a stroke.

Mr. Zander served on the Ways and Means and Joint Budget and Audit committees. Among the bills he successfully sponsored--after years of debate--was a increase in 1972 in the state's beer tax, from 3 cents a gallon to 9 cents. At the time only one other state, Wyoming, had a lower levy.

Mr. Zander ran unsuccessfully for the Montgomery County Council in 1962 and was defeated by Idamae Garrott in his 1978 bid for reelection to the House.

Mr. Zander was born in Two Rivers, Wis. He received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1928 and a master's degree in American history in 1932, both from the University of Wisconsin.

He taught high school in Wisconsin in the 1930s and conducted public opinion and market research analysis for the Roper polling firm from 1942 to 1944. After that, he worked for the Army's attitude research branch and office of research and development.

Mr. Zander continued working for the Army in assignments in Europe from 1948 to 1952. He was a senior education adviser with the troop information and education division and executive officer of the psychological warfare division of the human resources research office.

Mr. Zander joined the staff of George Washington University in 1952 and retired in 1970 as the operations officer in the human resources research office.

After he left public office, Mr. Zander served on the board of the Patuxent Institution maximum-security facility and the Maryland Board of Trustees of State Universities and Colleges.

Mr. Zander was president of the Wheaton Citizens Association and its delegate to the Allied Civic Group, a federation in eastern Montgomery County.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Esther Zander, of Silver Spring.

Morris E. Austin

Agriculture Official

Morris E. Austin, 89, who was assistant to the director of soil classification and correlations at the Agriculture Department when he retired in 1975, died Oct. 14 at Laurel Regional Hospital. He lived in Laurel.

Mr. Austin joined the department in 1937. He worked in the Beltsville and Hyattsville offices since moving to the Washington area in 1951.

Mr. Austin was born in Galesburg, Mich. After he graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in soil science, he joined the Agriculture Department and worked in Tennessee.

Among his hobbies was gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary E. "Liz" Austin, of Laurel.