Charles Edward Krogmann

Real Estate Broker

Charles Edward Krogmann, 69, a real estate broker who retired in 1989 as manager of the Shannon & Luchs Uptown office in Washington, died of a heart attack Dec. 21 at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Md., where he lived.

He was a native of Washington and a graduate of St. Paul's Academy and American University. He served in the Army in Germany in the mid-1950s and in the Navy Reserve until the 1960s.

Early in his career, Mr. Krogmann worked for the real estate firms of Sam Bogley and Gil Schlesinger. In the early 1970s, he had his own company, which was bought by Shannon & Luchs. After he retired, he was a broker for Kagan & Associates.

Mr. Krogmann was a member of the Elks, Odd Fellows and American Legion.

His marriage to Flora M. Krogmann ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Patti Hames Krogmann of Easton; three children from his first marriage, Karen L. Krogmann of North Bergen, N.J., Pamela Jouannet of Myersville, Md., and Kenneth Krogmann of Vienna; two stepchildren, Sean Hames and Kendra Roberts, both of Eldersburg, Md.; two sisters, Clare E. Bowell of Fairfax and J. Patricia Dunn of Rockville; a brother, John C. Krogmann of Great Falls; and eight grandchildren. A son from his first marriage, Carl Krogmann, was shot to death in 1990 as he attempted to deliver a Domino's pizza in Largo.

Melvyn Royal Brokenshire Jr.

Foreign Service Officer

Melvyn Royal Brokenshire Jr., 71, a retired Foreign Service officer who also wrote freelance articles on sailing, died of cancer Dec. 19 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Brokenshire had a 27-year career with the U.S. Information Agency, with assignments in Saigon, Burma, France, Burundi, Morocco, Australia and Zaire. He retired in 1983 and then spent his time sailing, writing and traveling.

He cruised the Chesapeake Bay in a sloop, wrote articles for sailing magazines and founded Bethesda Writers, a freelance writing company. He also worked as a columnist and sailing editor for the weekly newspaper St. Mary's Today.

He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and was raised in Macon, Ga. He was a graduate of Duke University and was a Naval officer aboard the battleship Wisconsin in Korea during the war there. After receiving a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, he briefly worked for NBC as a radio news reporter in New York City.

Later, while with the USIA, he received a master's degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Rosalie Ann Brokenshire of Bethesda; three children, Susan Brokenshire of Wilmington, N.C., Foreign Service officer Kent C. Brokenshire of Kinshasa, Congo, and Catherine Brokenshire-Scott of Johannesburg; and four grandchildren.

David Vincent Gehle

Foreign Service Officer

David Vincent Gehle, 57, a retired Foreign Service officer who later worked as a Defense Department analyst, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 18 at the Rome American Hospital in Rome.

Mr. Gehle was born in Rosehill, Ohio. From 1960 to 1964, he served in the Army and attended the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He graduated from the University of Dayton and received a master's degree in Russian studies from Ohio State University.

He joined the Foreign Service in 1969 and served in London, Afghanistan and Washington. In 1979, he left the Foreign Service and became a Defense Department analyst. He retired there in 1998.

A former resident of Laurel, he moved to Rome on retirement.

His marriage to Ingrid A. Gehle ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Anna Marie Gehle, and their son, Joseph Delaine Gehle, both of Rome; two children from his first marriage, Kate Gehle of Clarksburg and Greg Gehle of Phoenix; and five siblings, Keith Gehle of Rockford, Ohio, Karen Moore of Armona, Calif., Betty Nieman of Alexandria, Jean Meiring of Fort Recovery, Ohio, and Dick Gehle of Okeechobee, Fla.

Ruth Monser


Ruth Monser, 72, a nurse and clinical specialist in psychiatry at St. Elizabeths Hospital from 1964 until her retirement in 1997, died of renal failure Dec. 21 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Miss Monser, a longtime resident of Washington, was born in Oneonta, N.Y. She received a nursing degree at St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in New York City and a bachelor's degree at Columbia. She received a master's degree from the Yale School of Nursing.

She was a pioneer in the practice and teaching of poetry therapy and contributed to the use of literature in the treatment of children and the mentally ill. In September of this year, she received the National Association of Poetry Therapy Pioneer Award.

Survivors include two sisters.