Lauren Martin Hetland Sr.
Air Force Master Sergeant
Lauren Martin Hetland Sr., 78, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant who was wounded in action in World War II, died of emphysema Nov. 23 at his home in Springfield.
Mr. Hetland, a native of Joliet, Mont., joined the Army Air Forces in 1943 and served as a radio operator-gunner aboard a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber.
In July 1944, his plane was shot down and he was wounded during the campaign for Saipan, part of the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
After the war, Mr. Hetland returned to civilian life. He graduated from the University of Nebraska, where he majored in business administration.
In 1948, he joined the Air Force and had a career as an auditing and accounting technician.
Mr. Hetland served at various bases in the United States, including the Washington area, and in France, Japan and Panama.
In 1968, he retired from the service, moved to the Washington area and went to work for the General Accounting Office as an auditor. He retired a second time in 1988.
His wife, Elsie Hetland, died in 1992.
Survivors include two children, Lauren Martin Hetland Jr. of Springfield and Jane Stevenson of Phoenix; a brother, Donald Hetland of Grand Junction, Colo.; a sister, Nadine Hetland of Billings, Mont.; and two grandchildren.
Katherine Davidson Walker
Katherine Davidson Walker, 78, whose book about the sights of Washington, "Walker Washington Guide," has been in print since the 1960s, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Nov. 30 at the Hospice of Washington. She lived in Bethesda.
Mrs. Walker initially published the book herself and has since revised it six times.
She was an officer of the International Visitors Information Service and a trustee of the former Experiment in International Living, now called World Learning. It runs cultural exchange and educational programs.
Mrs. Walker was a graduate of Vassar College and a director of the college alumni association.
She did nursing work in her native New York during World War II and moved to Washington in 1953.
Her husband, John Walker, died in 1982.
Survivors include four sons, Christopher Walker of Middleburg, Peter Walker of San Francisco, David Walker of Mill Valley, Calif., and Jonathan Walker of Chevy Chase; three sisters; and six grandchildren.