John England Catlin Jr.
Air Force Brigadier General
John England Catlin Jr., 73, a retired Air Force brigadier general and engineer who served at the Pentagon as chief of military family housing, died of respiratory failure Dec. 27 at his home in Annapolis.
Gen. Catlin, who was born in Harrisonburg, Va., retired in 1981 after 35 years of service. He settled in Annapolis and maintained a winter home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1944 and served as an aircraft mechanic in the Aleutian Islands and Okinawa at the end of World War II. He left the military to earn a bachelor's degree at Virginia Military Institute and then joined the Air Force in 1951.
His early assignments included flying bombers and aerial refueling aircraft. After receiving a master's degree in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University, he was assigned to an engineering post in Spain.
He served two tours of duty in Vietnam during the war there. Other assignments included deputy chief of staff for civil engineering in Europe and a similar post with the Strategic Air Command in Nebraska.
His military honors included the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal.
He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Civil Engineers.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Carol Catlin of Annapolis and Fort Lauderdale; two sons, John E. "Jack" Catlin III of Dublin, Ohio, and George Norman Catlin of Grove City, Ohio; and four grandchildren.
Frank E. Burdell Jr.
Frank E. Burdell Jr., 80, an Army infantry officer who served in three wars and then was a Xerox manager, died of a heart attack Dec. 28 at Fairfax Hospital. He had collapsed on the tennis court at the Four Seasons Tennis Club. A resident of McLean, he had lived in the Washington area off and on since the 1960s.
Col. Burdell retired in 1973 as principal representative for the assistant Defense Department secretary for international security affairs.
He was born in Augusta, Maine. He attended the Universities of Nebraska and Kansas and did graduate work in international relations at George Washington University. He also attended the Army War College.
Col. Burdell served in China during World War II, Korea during the Korean War and in Vietnam during the war there. Other overseas assignments included Germany and Venezuela, where he was chief of the Army mission. He also was an instructor at the Command and General Staff College.
After he retired, he was a manager in the international training center of Xerox in Leesburg.
Col. Burdell was president of the Franklin Area Community Association and the Golden Rackets, a senior tennis group.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jean W. Burdell of McLean; four children, Susan Binder of Eugene, Ore., Pamela Spencer of Columbia, Mo., Linda Stoutland of Northfield, Minn., and Frank Burdell III of Fairfax; and six grandchildren.
David Joel Hewer
Air Force Officer
David Joel Hewer, 62, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who worked at two information technology firms in Reston, died of cancer Dec. 30 at Reston Hospital Center. He lived in Herndon since 1985.
From 1995 until his death, Col. Hewer was a vice president at ARTEL Inc., which he joined after six years as a program manager at Computer Sciences Corp.
Col. Hewer served in the Air Force for 29 years and was in Vietnam during the war there. He retired in 1989 from the Defense Communications Engineering Center in Reston. His honors included a Bronze Star, Air Force Commendation Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal and four Meritorious Service Medals.
Col. Hewer was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. In addition, he received a master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, a master's degree in business from Webster University in Missouri and a bachelor's degree in computer science from Roosevelt University in Illinois.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Geraldine Hewer of Herndon; two sons, Joel Hewer of Herndon and Thomas Hewer of Dayton, Ohio; a sister; a brother; and five grandchildren.
Wendell Lowrie Anderson
Wendell Lowrie Anderson, 77, a chemical engineer who retired in 1983 as associate technical director at the Naval Surface Weapons Center, died of cancer Dec. 28 at his home in La Plata.
Mr. Anderson was a native of Altoona, Pa., and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He did graduate work in engineering at the University of Maryland and Virginia Tech.
He served in the Navy during World War II.
He worked at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1945 to 1971, specializing in filters and reactor safety.
Mr. Anderson was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in La Plata, the American Chemical Society, American Ordnance Association, American Association of Contamination Control, American Association for Advancement of Science, American Filtration Society, Research Society of America and Washington Academy of Sciences.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Shirley Mae Smith Anderson of La Plata; two children, Wendell Lee Anderson of Waldorf and Larry Bruce Anderson of Hendersonville, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
Robert S. Greever
Air Force Pilot
Robert S. Greever, 67, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who was a financial analyst at Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc. for the past decade, died of liver cancer Dec. 28 at Hospice of Northern Virginia. He had lived in Springfield since 1974.
Col. Greever was born in Bristol, Va., and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in aeronautical engineering.
He was a fighter pilot from 1955 to 1981, serving in Korea and in Vietnam during the war there. His honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross and Meritorious Service Medal.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fort Belvoir Officers Club.
His interests included flying radio-controlled toy planes, skeet shooting and photography.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Josiane Greever of Springfield; two sons, Mark Greever of Atlanta and Eric Greever of Memphis; a sister; and two grandchildren.
Secretary and Clerk
Mildred Litz, 97, who spent 25 years as a secretary and clerk at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington before retiring in 1967, died Dec. 23 at the Washington Home nursing facility after a heart attack.
A native Washingtonian, she graduated from Eastern High School. She was a homemaker before joining the labor union.
Her husband, George R. Litz, died in 1963. A son, Francis Litz, died Dec. 19.
Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Litz of Washington, and Margaret Ruppert of Vero Beach, Fla.; a son, Thomas Litz of San Rafael, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.