Melvin Levin

Urban Studies Expert

Melvin Levin, 75, an author and past chairman of the University of Maryland's urban studies department, died of cancer Dec. 20 at his home in College Park.

Dr. Levin was department chairman from 1978 until 1989 and remained a professor until May.

He wrote or edited 12 books and was the author of "Outside Looking In: Immigration and Development," published by Dac Press in 1993, "Community and Regional Planning: Issues in Public Policy," published in 1972 by Praeger Publishers, and "Bureaucrats in Collision: Case Studies in Area Transportation," with co-author Norman Abend, published in 1971 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press.

Dr. Levin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and served in the Army during World War II.

He received a master's degree in sociology in 1949 and a doctorate degree in urban planning in 1959, both from the University of Chicago.

He worked as an analyst for Illinois state government and was an economist and urban planning consultant at private firms until starting his academic career. He was director of urban studies at Boston University from 1964 to 1972 and chairman of Rutgers University's urban studies department from 1972 to 1978.

He was president of the American Institute of City Planners from 1986 to 1988.

His marriage to Joanne McIntosh ended in divorce.

Survivors include three sons, Dan, of Cupertino, Calif., James, of Holliston, Mass., and Thomas, of Richardson, Tex.; a daughter, Cathy Levin of Boston; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Frank Elihue Ball

Army Colonel

Frank Elihue Ball, who joined the Army in 1939 and retired in 1972 as a colonel, died Dec. 18 at Reston Hospital Center after a stroke. He lived at Falcon's Landing retirement community in Sterling and had been in the Washington area since 1961.

Col. Ball served in World War II and the Korean War and was last stationed at the Pentagon in the secretary of defense's office. He then worked a year at Information Concepts, a Virginia military contractor, before retiring completely.

Among his military honors were the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

He was born in Minter, Tex., and graduated in 1939 from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and National War College.

He was a member of Charles Wesley United Methodist Church in McLean.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Georgia Helen Whitney Ball of Sterling; a daughter, Georgia Ann B. Hall Kepner of Sterling; two sons, David W., of Charlottesville, and Frank Jr., of New York City; a brother; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lelia Luce Taylor Maryott

Camellia Show Judge

Lelia Luce Taylor Maryott, 82, who was a Washington area resident for the past 12 years and a member of the Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and First Baptist Church of Bethesda, died of pneumonia Dec. 12 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Mrs. Maryott, who was an accredited show judge of the American Camellia Society, was a native of Farmington, Maine. Before moving to Bethesda in 1987, she lived many years in East Wilton, Maine, where she was a church organist and Sunday school superintendent.

Her first husband, Birchard M. Taylor, died in 1973, and her second husband, James Pendleton, died in 1984.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Arthur Maryott of Gaithersburg; three children from her first marriage, Nancy Taylor Johnson of East Wilton, Constance Taylor Tooze of Indianapolis and Dennis R. Taylor of Wilton, Maine; two sisters, Marian Luce Fritsch of Bethesda and Jacqueline Luce Decker of Massachusetts; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

James W. Shifflett

Fueling Company Manager

James W. Shifflett, 66, who worked from 1956 to 1994 at what was then Ogden Allied Aviation Services Inc. fueling service and retired as a tank farm manager at Washington National Airport, died of cancer Dec. 19 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He lived in Alexandria.

The Federal Aviation Administration awarded him its Airport Safety Award in 1987.

Mr. Shifflett was born in Harrisonburg, Va., and served in the Army during the Korean War.

He was a deacon at Rose Hill Baptist Church in Alexandria. His hobbies included bowling and billiards.

Survivors include his wife, Goldie Shifflett of Alexandria; a daughter, Theresa Hall of Alexandria; three sons, Randy, of Alexandria, David, of Richmond, and James Jr., of Edenton, N.C.; four sisters; three brothers; and seven grandchildren.

Leone H. Bartlett


Leone H. Bartlett, 86, an artist who sold her works at street fairs and other exhibits in Washington, died of pneumonia Dec. 18 at Potomac Hospital. She lived in Woodbridge.

Mrs. Bartlett was a Washington native and a graduate of St. Cecelia's Academy. She was a nursing aide in the 1930s.

Mrs. Bartlett was a former resident of Takoma Park. She had been a member of the Sodality at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Washington.

Her husband, John S. Bartlett Jr., died in 1996. A son, Robert A. Bartlett, died in 1975.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jane Muchui of Takoma Park and Amy Taylor of Triangle; three sisters, Marie Dickinson of Annandale, Joan Chasey of Williamsburg and Rosemary Furcher of Annandale; and three grandsons.

Josephine Bennett Musgrave


Josephine Bennett Musgrave, 86, a retired Air Force major general's wife who did volunteer work at various military posts where her husband was assigned, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Dec. 20 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mrs. Musgrave, who settled in Washington in 1962, was born in San Antonio. She attended Mills and Sarah Lawrence colleges.

Her volunteer work included service on the boards of directors of the Junior League, Planned Parenthood, the Red Cross, the Maddux Foundation of Chevy Chase and the Hospital for Sick Children. She had been a member of the councils of Decatur House and Oatlands.

She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames, the Sulgrave Club, the Founders Committee of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association and the Argyle Club of San Antonio. With her husband, she lived part time on a ranch in South Texas.

Survivors include her husband, retired Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Musgrave Jr. of Washington; two children, Thomas C. Musgrave III of San Antonio and Jamie Musgrave Hall of Aspen, Colo.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Bruce D. Strong


Bruce D. Strong, 74, a firefighter who retired in 1977 after 27 years in the D.C. Fire Department, died of myelodisplastic anemia Dec. 9 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring and Palm Bay, Fla.

Mr. Strong was a native of Washington who attended St. John's College High School.

He served in the Merchant Marine in the Atlantic during World War II and with the Army in Germany after the war.

He was a charter member of Lakewood Country Club.

His first wife, Edna M. Strong, died in 1972, and his second wife, Barbara Strong, died in 1980.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Bruce D. Strong Jr. of Alexandria and John Patrick Strong of Texas; a brother, Raymond Strong of Berlin, Md.; and a sister, Patricia Honaker of Wellston, Ohio.