Bayard F. Griffin Jr.
Navy Captain, Management Consultant
Bayard F. Griffin Jr., 80, a retired Navy captain who had a civilian career as a management consultant, died Dec. 6 at his home in Virginia Beach after a heart attack.
Capt. Griffin, who served in the Navy from 1938 to 1953, was a Grumman Hellcat fighter pilot in the Pacific during World War II. He received two Distinguished Flying Crosses and five Air Medals, partly for his efforts in downing two Japanese aircraft and sinking a Japanese warship.
He also took part in the battle known as the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot, in which his plane was shot down.
Capt. Griffin, a native of Boise, Idaho, and a marketing graduate of what is now San Diego State University, lived in Bethesda for about 30 years before moving to Virginia Beach in 1993.
As a management consultant, he worked for General Dynamics in San Diego and Management Technologies Inc. and Advanced Management Planning Inc., both in the Washington area. He retired in 1975 after four years as a program analyst with the Defense Department.
He was a Mason and past president of the Bethesda chapter of the Masonic National Sojourners.
His wife of 45 years, Mary Irene Durham Griffin, died in 1992.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret N. Griffin of Virginia Beach; five sons from his first marriage, Michael G., of Germantown, Patrick S., of Flagstaff, Ariz., Jeffrey F., of Arlington, Bayard F., of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Thomas J., of Germantown; two sisters; and 11 grandchildren.
Daniel A. Mills
Technical Information Specialist
Daniel A. Mills, 81, a retired technical information specialist who had lived in the Washington area since the late 1960s, died Dec. 10 at SunBridge Montgomery Village Care and Rehabilitation after a heart attack.
Mr. Mills worked as a technical information specialist in New York City and Raleigh, N.C., before spending 10 years with the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda and retiring in 1980.
Mr. Mills, a resident of Montgomery Village, was born and raised in Boston. He served in the Army as a mapping specialist in Europe during World War II and with the Army Corps of Engineers in Korea during the war there.
He also served in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring in 1972. His military honors included the Bronze Star.
He was a 1950 graduate of McGill University in Montreal and a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine L. Mills of Montgomery Village, and a sister.
Jeffrey M. Roth
Store Founder and Owner
Jeffrey M. Roth, 52, who spent more than 20 years in the retail business before co-founding the furniture company Urban Country Designs Ltd. in Bethesda in 1991, died of brain cancer Dec. 14 at his home in Bethesda.
Mr. Roth was born in New York City and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and economics. In 1972, he received a master's degree in business from New York University.
He worked at Federated Department Stores Inc. in New Jersey and New York from 1969 to 1978, becoming a store officer. He moved to the Washington area in 1978 to work at Hecht's and was manager of the Tysons Corner store by the time he left in 1989.
Mr. Roth then was a regional vice president of Lord & Taylor before starting Urban Country with his wife.
He was a member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, National Retail Merchants Association and B'Nai Israel Congregation and its men's club in Rockville.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Rachelle Roth, of Bethesda; three daughters, Jillian Roth of Rockville and Chloe and Sascha Roth, both of Bethesda; and a brother, Martin Roth of Bethesda.
Roy M. Gudridge
Roy M. Gudridge, 85, a retired Treasury officer whose work included foreign tax assistance, died of complications related to a fractured hip Dec. 10 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
Mr. Gudridge, who lived in Gaithersburg, was born in Akron, N.Y., and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. He did graduate study at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
In 1938, he came to Washington and joined the Treasury Department. He served in the Navy during World War II and commanded a military transport detachment in the Pacific.
After the war, he returned to the Treasury Department and served in various administrative capacities until retiring in 1972.
He was a member of the National Press Club, the Retired Officers Association and St. John's Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Beatrice Gudridge of Gaithersburg; and a son, Kevin of Seattle.
Charles Gunter Olentine Sr.
Charles Gunter Olentine Sr., 73, a colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers who retired in 1975 and then spent 19 years at the Energy Department as a supervisory analyst, died of an allergic disorder Dec. 13 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He lived in Baltimore and was an Alexandria resident from 1964 to 1997.
At the time he retired from the Energy Department, Col. Olentine worked in the business management division of the Office of Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves.
Col. Olentine joined the Corps of Engineers in 1949 and since the early 1970s has been stationed at the Chief of Engineers' office in Washington.
He was born in Muldrow, Okla., and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1949. He received a master's degree in civil engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955 and a master's degree in foreign relations at George Washington University in the late 1960s.
He served in the Vietnam War.
His hobbies included breeding horses.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Barbara P. Olentine; two sons, Charles Jr., of Sterling, Ill., and Stephen P., of Princeton, N.J; and five grandchildren.
Sherry Lynn Roberts
Sherry Lynn Roberts, 50, assistant manager for the last four years at the Elden Street Marketplace ABC store in Herndon, died Dec. 13 at her home in Herndon. She had heart ailments and diabetes.
Mrs. Roberts was a native of Washington who attended Suitland High School. She previously had worked for the Hecht Co. downtown and Corvette's department store in Baileys Crossroads.
She taught Sunday school at Calvary Baptist Church in Baileys Crossroads.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Howard J. Roberts of Herndon; and three children, Cindy Chittum of Stafford, Va., David J. Roberts, stationed with the Army in Korea, and Richard Roberts of Lake Mohegan, N.Y.
David Lee Huffman
David Lee Huffman, 46, a Norfolk native who retired on disability last year after 21 years as a maintenance worker with Southern Management Corp., died of a heart attack Dec. 13 at his home in Annandale. He had diabetes.
Survivors include his wife, April J. Huffman, and daughter, Dawn M. Huffman, both of Annapolis; his parents, Joseph S. Huffman and Margaret L. Huffman, andtwo sisters, Wanda G. Richard and Carol A. Taylor, all of Dunkirk; and three brothers, Donald W. of Cattlett, Va., Joseph D. of Annandale and Michael W. of Manassas.
Yetta Krupsaw Cohen
Yetta Krupsaw Cohen, 95, a volunteer with local Jewish organizations, died of a stroke Dec. 14 at Suburban Hospital. She lived at the Maplewood retirement complex in Bethesda.
Mrs. Cohen was a native of Washington and a graduate of Business High School. As a young woman, she was a typist with what was then the Veterans Administration. Later, she joined her husband, Samuel P. Cohen, in operating the Hollywood Shoe Store chain in Washington. He died in 1990.
Mrs. Cohen was a volunteer with Israel Bonds and the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington and a member of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington and Woodmont Country Club. She played prize-winning golf into her eighties.
Survivors include two daughters, Meurice Ochsman and Norma Lee Funger, both of Potomac; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Daniel Henry Herbert
Daniel Henry Herbert, 94, a science teacher who retired in 1967 after 34 years at Randall Junior High School, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 12 at Holy Cross Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Washington.
Mr. Herbert was a graduate of Dunbar High School and Howard University. He received a master's degree in education from Columbia University and did additional graduate work in science at the University of Michigan.
Before he went into teaching, he worked at the Interior Department.
Mr. Herbert was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Washington, the Omega Psi Phi social fraternity and the Pigskin Club and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels in the District.
His wife, Cornelia Tignor Herbert, died in 1992.
Survivors include two children, Betty Hill of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Shirley H. Simmons of Creve Coeur, Mo.; a brother, Frank Herbert of Washington; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Francis Joseph Miller
NIH Systems Analyst
Francis Joseph Miller, 86, a National Institutes of Health systems analyst from 1972 to 1978, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 13 at Inova Cameron Glen Care Center in Reston. He lived in McLean from 1962 until moving into the center in the 1990s.
Mr. Miller was born in New York City and since the 1930s did machine accounting and was a systems analyst at companies in Los Angeles and Kansas City, Mo. He was a systems analyst for the Internal Revenue Service from 1954 to 1964 and came to its Washington office in 1962.
He worked at the General Services Administration from 1964 to 1972.
After his retirement, Mr. Miller participated in tournaments sponsored by the U.S. Masters Swimming program.
He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in McLean.
His wife of 48 years, Margaret Miller, died in 1985.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Glover of Herndon; a son, Martin Michael Miller of Reston; two brothers; a sister; and a grandson.
Earle Raymond Clark Jr.
Car Dealership Sales Manager
Earle Raymond Clark Jr., 83, who retired in the early 1970s after about 30 years as a sales manager for Mandell Ourisman Chevrolet in Washington, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 6 at Savannah Specialty Care Center in Savannah, Ga.
Mr. Clark, a longtime Mason and a member of the American Legion, was born in Washington and raised in Asheville, N.C. He returned to Washington after serving in the Army in Europe during World War II.
He retired to West Palm Beach, Fla., then moved to Savannah in the mid-1980s.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Thelma H. Clark of Savannah; a daughter, Sandra Sullivan of Warrenton; and a sister, Beverly Graninger of Silver Spring.
Minerals Industry Analyst
Edmund Chin, 64, a veteran of 33 years' service with the U.S. Bureau of Mines who retired in 1994 as branch chief for the Asia and Pacific region, died of cancer Dec. 6 at home in Washington.
Mr. Chin was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Western High School and American University. During his career with the Bureau of Mines, he became the U.S. government's chief analyst of the minerals industry of China. He began his career at the Bureau as a research chemist.
He had written more than 70 commodity and country analytical reports and was co-author of a 1978 book, "Mineral Economics and Basic Industries in Asia," and a 1990 book, "Iron and Steel Industry of China."
He was also an accomplished pianist.
Survivors include five brothers, Bill Q. Hong, William Chin-Lee and Carl Chin, all of Washington, Robert Chin of Potomac and Sherman Chin of Arlington; and two sisters, Mary M. Lee of Silver Spring and Elizabeth Chin Wong of Kensington.
J. Martin Bonesteel
Bank Vice President
J. Martin Bonesteel, 82, who joined the old Perpetual Savings Bank in 1939 and retired in 1982 as a vice president, died of a heart ailment Dec. 13 at his home in Ocean City.
Mr. Bonesteel, who lived in Washington from the late 1930s until he retired, had a home in Ocean City since 1972 and moved there full time in the early 1990s.
He was born in Huron, S.D., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. During World War II, he served in the Army.
He was a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington and a member of Congressional Country Club in Bethesda and Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington.
His wife, Dorothy Bonesteel, died in 1964.
He leaves no immediate survivors.
William E. Gregory Jr.
William E. Gregory Jr., 52, a former Air Force captain who since 1996 was the director of commercial sales at User Technology Associates Inc. in Arlington, died Nov. 24 at Arlington Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Fairfax.
Mr. Gregory was born in Ross, Calif., and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He served in the Air Force from 1968 to 1973 and was discharged as a captain. He was last stationed in Houston, where he did public relations work for the Thunderbirds stunt flying team.
He spent the rest of the decade as a salesman in Houston and joined Metier Management Systems Inc., which sent him to its Washington area office as a salesman in 1981.
He was chief operating officer and a sales manager at Globalink Inc. in Fairfax from the late 1980s until 1994. He spent about a year each as vice president of sales at Prosoft Systems International Inc. and MSI Software Inc., both in Fairfax.
From 1993 until this past April, he and his wife owned and managed the Inn at the Bryant House, a bed-and-breakfast in Aberdeen, N.C.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Phyllis Abigail Gregory, of Fairfax; a son, Ryan Matthew Gregory of Alexandria; and a daughter, Allison Francis Gregory Moskowite of Vicenza, Italy.
Margaret Parker Roach
Margaret Parker Roach, 79, a member of First Baptist Chruch of Alexandria, died Dec. 12 of cancer at her home in Starkville, Miss. She belonged to the church while she lived with her daughter in Arlington, from 1996 to July.
Mrs. Roach was born in Rockwood, Tenn., and graduated from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee in 1941. She taught high school English from 1965 to 1975 in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Dr. Dewey Roach, of Starkville, Miss.; two daughters, Carole Gaston of Arlington and Debbie Cooper of Starkville; a sister; and five grandchildren.