Norman Eliasson

Defense Official

Norman Eliasson, 74, who served 30 years in the Department of Defense before retiring in 1980, died of heart disease Dec. 11 at his home in Falls Church.

Mr. Eliasson participated in the Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction negotiations for the reduction of non-nuclear weapons in Europe, and he had served as foreign affairs officer in the office of the secretary of defense. He also had done research for Army intelligence.

He was born in New York and served in the Army in Europe during World War II. He earned a Bronze Star.

He graduated from Columbia University where he also received a master's degree at the School of International Affairs.

He had been a deacon at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington.

His marriage to Dale Ramsey Eliasson ended in divorce.

Survivors include two daughters, Ingrid Eliasson and Elizabeth Benedict, both of California.

Joseph Jay Baker

Patent Lawyer

Joseph Jay Baker, 62, who had engaged in the private practice of patent law in the Washington area since 1965, died of cancer Dec. 25 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Washington.

At the time of his death, he was a counsel to the Arlington law firm of Griffin, Butler, Whisenhunt and Szipl.

Mr. Baker, who was born in Indiana, was a 1959 electrical engineering graduate of Catholic University and a 1962 graduate of its law school. He received a master's degree from George Washington University law school.

He was a member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, the Chevy Chase Club and the National Rifle Association.

His first wife, Deborah Roddy Baker, died in 1989. Survivors include his wife, Margit Corby Baker of Washington; four children by his first marriage, Jennifer Baker Moore of Fort Polk, La., and Joseph Jr., James Patrick Baker and Katherine Elizabeth Baker, all of Washington; two stepchildren, P. Garner Corby of Nantucket, Mass., and Sarah Wallen Corby of Burlington, Vt.; a sister; a brother; and a stepbrother.

Harry David Hall

Tastykake Franchiser

Harry David Hall, 76, a Rockville resident who owned and operated a Tastykake bakery franchise in Rockville from the 1970s until retiring in the early 1990s, died Dec. 20 at Collingwood Nursing Home in Rockville. He had cancer.

Mr. Hall, who had lived in the Washington area since 1934, was born in Denver. During Navy service in the Pacific during World War II, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and five Air Medals.

From the 1960s to early 1970s, he owned and operated Frontier Cleaners in Rockville. Before that, his jobs had included work as a mechanical draftsman with D.C. Transit and operation of a milk delivery route.

His marriage to June Whitaker Hall ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Bunny, of Rockville; three children by his first marriage, Holly LaLonde of Columbus, Ohio, Arle Wilkins of Mount Airy and David Hall of Madison, Wis.; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Wilfred C. Burgess

Electrical Contractor

Wilfred C. Burgess, 103, an electrical contractor who operated in Washington for 40 years, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 25 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Mr. Burgess founded W.C. Burgess Inc. in the basement of his Washington home, and he built the operation into one of the largest electrical contracting firms in the Washington area. Even during the Great Depression, his business thrived because many homes were converting from gaslight to electricity. He retired in 1965.

He was born in Nanjemoy, Md., and worked as a lumber company foreman as a young man. During World War I he served in the Army in France as a veterinarian's assistant. His work included taking care of captured German horses.

His avocations included boating and fishing on the Potomac. He was a trustee and rear commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club.

His wife, Elsie Virginia Shelton Burgess, whom he married in 1922, died in 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Burgess Gouldman of Alexandria; a brother, Francis Earl Burgess of Bradenton, Fla.; and a granddaughter.

Sandra Dawn Marlow


Sandra Dawn Marlow, 59, a secretary with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington for 26 years before retiring in March, died of cancer Dec. 24 at Casey House Nursing Home in Rockville. A former Silver Spring resident, she had lived in Prince Frederick since the late 1980s.

Mrs. Marlow, who came to the Washington area in the 1960s, was a Pennsylvania native.

Her marriage to Larry Marlow ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Preston, of Ocala, Fla., and Gregory, of Gaithersburg; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Joan Lasham Pearson


Joan Lasham Pearson, 80, who wrote and performed in religious plays for the Chancel Players in Bethesda, died of cancer Dec. 26 at the home of her son in McLean.

She was a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Occidental College who served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. She worked for the Bank of America and as a phone operator in San Francisco before moving to the Washington area 50 years ago.

She wrote and taught for the Montgomery County Literary Society and was a writer for the Montgomery Billboard newspaper. She also was active in the Bethesda Writers Center.

A longtime resident of Bethesda, she was a member of Bethesda Congregational Church.

Her husband of 37 years, Wilbert H. Pearson, died in 1978.

Survivors include four children, Marin Allen and Herbert C. Pearson, both of Bethesda, William J. Pearson of McLean and Paul W. Pearson of Allentown, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.

Andrew S. Manos

Jeep Dealer

Andrew S. Manos, 70, a co-founder and vice president of Courtesy Jeep in Rockville, died Dec. 25 at Suburban Hospital of pneumonia and complications related to diabetes.

Mr. Manos, a resident of Bethesda, was born in Greensboro, N.C., and moved to Washington as a child. He graduated from McKinley Tech High School.

He worked in the auto business all his adult life, and in 1964, with his brother-in-law, Peter Zourdos, founded what was then Courtesy Motors. He remained with the company until his death.

Mr. Manos was an archon of the Order of St. Andrew in the Greek Orthodox Church and a member of Columbia Country Club and AHEPA, a Greek social and charitable organization.

Survivors include one brother, George Manos of Bethesda; and two sisters, Bes Zourdos of Bethesda and Helen Santrizos of White Plains, N.Y.

Jonathan Silverstone

AID Lawyer

Jonathan Silverstone, 71, retired assistant general counsel of the Agency for International Development, died of acute leukemia Dec. 24 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mr. Silverstone, who lived in Washington, was born in Bridgeport, Conn. He graduated from Harvard University and Yale University law school. In the mid-1950s, he moved to Washington after having practiced law in Connecticut and worked in New York for the Air Force judge advocate general's office.

In Washington, he worked on contracts for the office of the general counsel of the Air Force, then in 1994 joined AID. He retired there in 1994. He received an AID honor award in 1980 for his work as chief of the civic participation division.

In 1970, on a sabbatical leave from AID, he taught international law and political development at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

In retirement, Mr. Silverstone did volunteer work at WAMU-FM, delivered Food for Friends, and hiked on Washington area trails.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Silverstone of Washington; and two children, Eve Silverstone of Gaithersburg and Jeffrey P. Silverstone of Derwood.