Ben O. Osborn

Soil Conservation Editor

Ben O. Osborn, 90, who retired in 1971 as editor of Soil Conservation magazine after 36 years with the Agriculture Department, died Oct. 27 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack. He lived at the Virginian in Fairfax.

Mr. Osborn, a native of Oklahoma, graduated from Oklahoma State University.

He began his career as a copy editor with the Oklahoma Livestock News. He later was a news and radio script writer for the Oklahoma Agricultural Extension Service and a wildlife biologist, range conservationist and soil conservationist in the Midwest for the Soil Conservation Service.

In Washington, he was an information specialist, speechwriter, writer and chairman of the editorial board of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. He wrote more than 50 articles on ecology, soil conservation and land use.

After he retired, Mr. Osborn was editor of the Atlantic Naturalist, the quarterly journal of the Audubon Naturalist Society of Washington and a land use consultant. He was a founder, coordinator and teacher for the natural history field studies program of the USDA Graduate School. As part of this, he initiated a program of interpretive nature walks for the public at property he owned near Bluemont, Va.

He was a member of Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Rachel L. Osborn of Fairfax; a son, George Osborn of Penfield, N.Y., and a sister.

Edna M. Roche

Church Member

Edna M. Roche, 99, a lifelong Washington area resident who had been a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Washington, died Nov. 4 at Doctors' Community Hospital in Lanham. She had congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Roche, who lived in College Park, was born in Washington. She was a graduate of the old Business High School and Strayer Business College. She was a secretary with the Marine Corps during World War I and a civil defense volunteer in World War II.

She had been a member of the women's auxiliary of the Knights of St. John.

Her hobbies included painting china.

Her husband, James G. Roche, whom she married in 1922, died in 1964.

Survivors include a son, James W., of Oreland, Pa.; a daughter, Patricia Harvey of Palm Coast, Fla.; a sister, Mildred Litz of Washington; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Julia Porter, died in 1988.

Joseph A. Neuendorffer


Joseph R. Neuendorffer, 81, a physicist who had worked for private organizations in Washington doing consulting work for the Navy before retiring in 1980 from the Center for Naval Analyses, died Nov. 2 at the Woodbine Nursing Center in Alexandria. He had a respiratory ailment.

Dr. Neuendorffer, who had lived in Alexandria since the 1940s, was a native of Tarrytown, N.Y.

He was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also received a master's degree in physics. He received a doctorate in nuclear physics from Johns Hopkins University.

He came to Washington and began his Navy-related research in the early 1940s.

Over the years, he had received awards for his work on projects involving undersea warfare. His work took him to Europe and the Far East.

He was a founding member of the Operations Research Society of America and a fellow of the Washington Academy of Science. He also belonged to Mount Vernon Unitarian Church. His hobbies included travel and bridge.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Bettina Daniels Neuendorffer of Alexandria; two sons, Arthur C., of District Heights, and Thomas P., of Wexford, Pa.; a daughter, Nancy Reed of Canandaigua, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Ruth Marron Singer


Ruth Marron Singer, 96, who had done volunteer work including arranging for flowers at the chapel at the Knollwood military retirement facility in Washington, died at the Knollwood health care unit Nov. 2 of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Mrs. Singer was born in Omaha and graduated from Wellesley College.

During the 1930s, she lived in Washington when her first husband, Army Lt. Col. Cyril Quentin Marron was posted here. He was taken prisoner early in 1942 when Japanese forces overran the Philippines, and he died in December of 1944 as a prisoner of war aboard a ship en route to Japan from the Philippines.

In 1949, Mrs. Singer married Francis Singer and they later lived in Florida. He died in 1972. In 1982, Mrs. Singer returned to this area and settled at Knollwood.

She had done volunteer work for the Red Cross.

Survivors include a daughter of her first husband, Irene Marron Stearns of Sanford, Fla.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Everett 'Ed' Prichard

Account Executive

Everett J. "Ed" Prichard, 67, a lifelong Washington area resident who was a retired account executive with the Roesel-Heck flooring company of Baltimore, died of cancer Nov. 4 at the Casey House Hospice in Rockville. He lived in Silver Spring.

He did sales work for Roesel-Heck for 15 years before retiring in October 1999.

Mr. Prichard was born in Washington and graduated from DeMatha High School. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. After the war, he worked in sales for a Washington Pontiac dealership and for various other businesses. He had his own business, Aztec Carpeting in Vienna, in the early 1980s.

Over the years, he had been a member of American Legion posts in Wheaton and Rockville and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2562 in Wheaton.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Eleanor M., of Silver Spring; two sons, Brian J., of Olney, and Bret M., of Silver Spring; a daughter, Cynthia A. Stone of Laurel; his mother, Teresa M. Prichard, a brother, Charles, and a sister, Kathleen Prichard, all of Silver Spring; and a granddaughter.

Marion Ryerson Lockwood


Marion Ryerson Lockwood, 89, a Washington native who served on the board of governors of the Florence Crittenden Home and volunteered at Sibley Memorial Hospital, died of a lung ailment Oct. 28 at her home in Naples, Fla. She had a home in Chevy Chase until last year.

Mrs. Lockwood was a graduate of Central High School and George Washington University, where she also attended law school.

She was a member of All Saints and St. Luke's Episcopal churches in Washington, Sigma Kappa social sorority, Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, National Cathedral Association, Mothers Club of St. Albans School and the Hoe and Hope Garden Club of Washington.

Her first husband, John E. Ryerson, died in 1970.

Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Corwin R. Lockwood Jr.; two children from her first marriage, John E. "Jerry" Ryerson Jr. of Palm Coast, Fla., and Christina M. Rogers of Bethesda and Naples; a sister, Mary Z. Wilson of Arlington; and a granddaughter.

Adelaide I. von Alven

Artist and Educator

Adelaide Illsley von Alven, 82, an artist who was a former Arlington educator, died Nov. 3 at her home in Alexandria. She had a lung ailment.

She had been an English teacher and head librarian at Wakefield High School in Arlington from 1957 to 1964.

Mrs. von Alven, an English an library science graduate of Hamline University in her native Minnesota, came to the Washington area in 1935. She then lived in Connecticut, where she studied watercolor with Herb Olson and painted, before returning to this area in 1975.

She was a member of the Arts Club of Washington, the Washington Watercolor Society, and the arts division of the American Pen Women. She had won awards for her painting and also had done calligraphy.

Survivors include her husband, William, of Alexandria; a brother; and a sister.

Harry Lee Patton


Harry Lee Patton, 65, a printer at the Manassas Journal in the 1950s and The Washington Post in the 1960s and '70s, died of a lung ailment Nov. 5 at Veterans Hospital in Washington. He lived in Strasburg, Va.

He left The Post in 1976, after a car accident disabled him. In the last year, he was a guard at Wackenhut Security Services.

Mr. Patton was born in Manassas and served in the Army from 1961 to 1965.

His marriage to Diana Patton ended in divorce.

Survivors include his son, Donnie, of Winchester; a daughter, Teresa Sadler of Winchester; two brothers, Howard and Arthur, both of Catlett, Va.; five sisters, Josie Quinn of Manassas Park, Esther Blankenship of Culpeper, Lucy Helms of Elizabethtown, Pa., Jane Holton of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Louise Harvey of Diamondhead, Miss.

Frank E. Carey

Science Writer

Frank E. Carey, 90, an award-winning science writer who retired in 1974 after 34 years with the Associated Press, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 5 in the health care unit of the Hermitage in Alexandria.

He wrote about science, medicine and space and had been honored by the American Medical Association and other organizations. He traveled to the South Pole and on a number of astronaut recovery ships.

Mr. Carey was a magna cum laude graduate of Holy Cross College. He worked for 10 years for the Sun in his native Lowell, Mass., before joining AP in Boston. He moved to Washington in the early 1940s. He was a Nieman Fellow in 1947 at Harvard University, where he studied astronomy and physics.

He held awards from such groups as the Christopher Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences.

He wrote for The Washington Post and the Senior Tennis League of Arlington County, in which he was active. He was also a member of the American Association of Science Writers and Knights of Columbus and a lector at St. Thomas More Catholic Cathedral in Arlington. He was also editor of the community newsletter in the Arlington Forest section of the county.

His wife, Anna G. Carey, died in 1993. Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Hayes of New Rochelle, N.Y., Eleanor Kroeger of Springfield, and Susan Fulmer of Bristol, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.