The obituary of Edward James Dugan, which ran Dec. 18, should have reported that his son, Darryl Keith Dugan, was a child from Edward Dugan's marriage to his second wife, Charlotte. (Published 12/20/1999)

Dean Wright Houck

Navy Commander

Dean Wright Houck, 78, a retired Navy commander who had held product support posts with Grumman Aircraft Corp. and Defense Research Technologies and Co. in the Washington area, died of pulmonary embolism died Dec. 14 at Northern Virginia Community Hospital in Arlington. He lived in Annandale.

He worked for Grumman from 1967 to 1971 and for Defense Research Technologies from 1985 until retiring altogether in 1992.

Cmdr. Houck, who attended junior college in his native Des Moines, became a Navy officer and naval aviator in 1942. He flew combat missions in the Pacific during World War II, attended the Naval War College in 1955 and served as air officer aboard the carrier Coral Sea before retiring from active duty in 1965.

His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air medals.

He had served as national first treasurer of the Tailhook Association.

He had sung in the choir at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, had done volunteer work with the Christ House in Alexandria and was a member of the Optimists Club.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Anne Niemann Houck of Annandale; a son, Dean Joseph Houck of Reston; five daughters, Deanne Houck Fullerton of Augusta, Ga., Marcelline Houck Jacomet of Falls Church, Elizabeth Houck Simone of Stuart, Fla., Michele Houck Wike of Hamilton, and Susan Houck Oliver of Wilmington, Del.; a brother; a sister; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Loveen M. Schaffer

Store Manager

Loveen M. Schaffer, 67, a retired candy store manager who had been active in volunteer and cultural groups, died of cancer Dec. 13 at her home. She had lived in Fairfax since coming to the Washington area in 1969.

In the early 1980s, she had managed eight Chez Chocolate and Joann's Nut House candy stores in the Washington area, including ones at National and Dulles airports.

In the 1970s, she had done volunteer work for Fairfax Little League baseball and Cub Scout groups and as a block monitor supervising children walking to and from school. In the 1980s, she had exhibited oil paintings and had been active in the Springfield Art Guild, the Vienna Art Society and the Fairfax Art League.

Mrs. Schaffer, who was born in York, Pa., lived in Baltimore before coming to the Washington area.

Her marriage to Elwood Fox ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, William R. Schaffer Sr. of Fairfax, and their two sons, Roger, of Ashburn, and Ray, of Fairfax; four children by her first marriage, Loveen Beck of Baltimore, Beverly Adams of Richmond, Elwood Fox of New Orleans, and David Fox of Hopewell, Va.; and four grandchildren.

James J. Donohue III

Real Estate Broker

James J. Donohue III, 77, a Washington area commercial real estate broker who specialized in leasing deals with government agencies, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 15 at his home in Great Falls.

Mr. Donohue began his real estate practice after the Korean War, when he served in the U.S. Coast Guard as an attache assigned to the White House.

He was a native of Milwaukee and a World War II Navy veteran who by a twist of fate avoided death during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After training at a naval station in Chicago, he was selected out of 114 men in his unit for a radio assignment in the North Atlantic. The others were assigned to the USS Arizona, one of four battleships sunk or capsized in the attack.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Ann Stromness of Great Falls; and two children, Dr. Patricia Ann Donohue of Alexandria and Dr. James J. Donohue of Great Falls.

Diane S. Dross


Diane S. Dross, 73, a retired owner of J.V. Restaurant in Falls Church, died of emphysema Dec. 15 at Prince William Hospital. She lived in Manassas.

Mrs. Dross was a Bronx, N.Y., native who moved to the Washington area in 1944. She and her husband, George P. Dross, opened the restaurant in 1947. He died in 1985 and she retired in 1997. It is currently operated by their daughters.

Mrs. Dross was a member of St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church.

Survivors include her daughters, Lorraine L. Campbell of Manassas and Pauline Dross of Vienna; and two grandchildren.

Jack Alexander Gertz

Public Affairs Officer

Jack Alexander Gertz, 83, a former Washington bureau chief for the old Mutual Broadcasting Co. who became a public affairs officer at American Telephone & Telegraph Co., died of kidney failure Dec. 16 at his home in Potomac.

He worked at MBC from 1954 to 1959 before joining the Federal Aviation Administration for three years as chief of its public affairs office. He then worked at AT&T from 1961 until he retired in 1985 as executive director of public affairs and media relations.

Mr. Gertz was born in Chugwater, Wyo., and was a newspaper and radio reporter in Denver in the 1930s. From 1951 to 1953, he worked at the State Department in the South Pacific as a public affairs director and then a vice counsel.

During World War II, he served with the Marine Corps in the Pacific theater. He retired from the Marine Reserve as a colonel in the early 1990s.

He served on the National Commission for Employment Policy in the 1980s and was on the board of Columbia Hospital for Women. He was a member of the National Press Club, Army and Navy Club, White House Correspondents Association, Radio-Television News Directors Association, Sigma Delta Chi journalism fraternity and the International Club.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Dorothy O. Gertz of Potomac; a daughter, Kathryn J. Zugby of Oakton; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother; and three sisters.

Helen Robbins Bradfield

NIH Secretary

Helen Robbins Bradfield, 88, a secretary at the National Institutes of Health dental institute from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, died Dec. 12 of a heart ailment at Asbury Methodist Village nursing home.

Mrs. Bradfield was born in Wahpeton, N.D., and came to the Washington area in the early 1930s. She was a Treasury Department clerk in the late 1930s but was primarily a homemaker until joining NIH.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase and the Chevy Chase Women's Club.

Her husband of 59 years, William Joseph Bradfield, died in 1998.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Kreta of Clarksburg, Md., and Elizabeth Lennon of Gaithersburg; and four grandchildren.

Frances Fitzgerald Crean

Sodality President

Frances Fitzgerald Crean, 84, a past president of the sodality at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Silver Spring, died of heart ailments Dec. 12 at the home of a daughter in Longwood, Fla.

Mrs. Crean was born in Washington and lived most of her life in Silver Spring. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and Trinity College.

After the death, in 1976, of her husband, Dr. Jerome M. Crean, she moved to Leisure World, where she lived for the next 20 years. In this period she was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

She moved to Florida in 1997.

Survivors include three children, Sister Elizabeth A. Crean of the Sisters of the Names of Jesus and Mary, of Longwood, Michael J. Crean of Rockville and James J. Crean of Sacramento; and two grandchildren.

Edward James Dugan

Savings and Loan Examiner

Edward James Dugan, 78, a Silver Spring resident who was an examiner with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board for more than 25 years before retiring in 1984, died of lung cancer Dec. 6 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mr. Dugan, who spent most of his career in the board's office of examination and supervision, was born in Catasauqua, Pa. After serving in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II, he came to Washington and joined the staff of the American Security and Trust Co.

He attended the American Institute of Banking and graduated from Benjamin Franklin University.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

His first wife, Bettie Marie Smith, died in 1959.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Charlotte M. Dugan of Silver Spring; two children from his first marriage, Sheran Dugan Heffron of Germantown and Darryl Keith Dugan of Alexandria; two stepchildren, A. Reid Roberts of Mount Airy, Md. and Marcia Roberts Ward of Dover Plains, N.Y.; a sister; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.