C. David Finch

IMF Official

C. David Finch, 78, the former director of the exchange and trade relations department of the International Monetary Fund, died of cancer April 8 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Dr. Finch, who lived in Bethesda, served 37 years at the IMF before retiring in 1987. In the mid-1970s, he led the Fund team that negotiated a loan to the United Kingdom to help combat a sterling crisis, the last time that the IMF was to lend to one of the major industrial countries.

Dr. Finch was born in Melbourne, Australia. After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 1944 and serving in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II, he received a doctorate from the London School of Economics.

He taught briefly in Australia before relocating to Washington and joining the IMF in 1950 as an economist in the research department.

After leaving the IMF, Mr. Finch worked for several years at the Institute of International Economics, a nonprofit think tank.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Finch of Bethesda; two children, John Finch of Bethesda and Margaret Finch of Washington; and four grandchildren.

Joseph Blum

NSA Officer, Professor

Joseph Blum, 83, who helped develop the computer systems at the National Security Agency, then taught computer science at American University, died of a heart ailment April 10 at Brookview Gardens assisted living in Rockville.

Dr. Blum, who lived in Chevy Chase, was born in New York. He graduated from the City College of New York. During World War II, he worked for the Army Map Service in Washington.

He received a master's degree and a doctorate in mathematics from George Washington University.

In the late 1940s, he worked at the Los Alamos laboratories in New Mexico, where the atomic bomb was developed. He joined NSA in 1950. He retired in 1975, then for 12 years was a professor of computer science at American University, retiring in 1987.

He then taught for a year in an Armed Forces educational program in Germany.

He did volunteer work with Recording for the Blind.

His marriage to Rachael Camky ended in divorce. His second wife, Dorothy Toplitzky, died in 1980. His third wife, Annabelle Bender Motz, died in 1997.

Survivors include two children from first marriage, Eleanora Kellman of Monsey, N.Y., and Delores Blum of Rockville; a son of his second marriage, David Blum of Laurel; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ellen Lewis Sellers Ward

Business Partner and Volunteer

Ellen Lewis Sellers Ward, 69, who had many local memberships, did volunteer work at area organizations and was a founding partner of Lilliputian Luxuries, a business producing fur-trimmed doll clothes, died of pancreatic cancer April 8 at her home in North Potomac.

Mrs. Ward did fundraising work for the Landon School for Boys and was a member of groups including the Potomac Area Newcomers' Club, the Good Neighbors Club, the Landon Woods Garden Club and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase chapter of the American Association of University Women.

She also belonged to Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, where she had been in the hand-bell choir.

She did volunteer work for the Arena Stage and Bethesda Cares, a program for the homeless.

She also was a volunteer participant in National Institutes of Health's studies of shingles vaccines and the effect of grief on the immune system.

Her hobbies included gourmet cooking, traveling and playing bridge.

Mrs. Ward was a native of Washington, N.C., and a medical technology graduate of the Medical College of Virginia.

She was a medical technologist in Florida, Texas and Baltimore before her marriage in 1966 to Walter B. Ward Jr. They settled in the Washington area in 1971. Her husband was a founding partner of the Sir Walter Raleigh restaurant chain. He died in 1998.

Survivors include two children, Elizabeth Ward of Washington and Thomas Ward of North Potomac; a brother; a half brother; and a granddaughter.

Leslie J. 'Jim' Shaw


Leslie J. "Jim" Shaw, 74, a proofreader who retired from the Government Printing Office in 1990, died April 9 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. He had heart and lung disease.

Mr. Shaw, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Cannonsburg, Pa. He moved to the Washington area as a child.

He retired from the GPO in 1990 after 20 years as a proofreader there. Before that, he was a proofreader at The Washington Post, the Washington Star and the Washington Times-Herald.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria J. Shaw of Alexandria; five children, Tim Shaw of Lusby, Tom Shaw of Las Vegas, Mike Shaw of Lexington Park, Brian Shaw of Dale City and Karen Shaw of Annandale; and eight grandchildren.

Louis Kurt von Perbandt

Navy Captain

Louis Kurt von Perbandt, 69, a retired Navy captain who as a civilian worked for Washington area defense contractors, died of colon cancer April 1 at home in Chesapeake Beach.

Capt. von Perbandt was born in Chicago, and attended Purdue University, which he left after two years to join the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in 1954.

During 27 years of naval service, he served with various patrol squadrons and on the aircraft carrier Bonhomme Richard.

He received a bachelor's degree in engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School. He served in anti-submarine warfare units in the Pacific and in the Naval Electronic Systems command, from which he retired in 1982.

After his Navy retirement, Capt. von Perbandt worked for several local defense contractors including Plessey Naval Systems, G.E.C. Marconi, and the OAO Corp. in Calverton.

He settled in the Washington area and had lived aboard boats in the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay.

He was a member of both the Tantallon and Capital Yacht clubs.

He moved ashore to his home in Chesapeake Beach in June 2001. He also played golf and was a member of the Army-Navy Country Club.

His marriages to Mary Ellen von Perbandt and Mary Ann von Perbandt ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife Patricia Jennings von Perbandt of Chesapeake Beach; two daughters from his first marriage, Gail Dee Hall of Buckeystown and Mary Margaret George of Woodbridge; a stepson, Brian Wasson of Chesapeake Beach; and four grandchildren.

LeRoy M. 'Jim' Danner

Army Officer

LeRoy M. "Jim" Danner, 80, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who was a logistics management specialist during and after his military career, died April 9 at the Sunrise of Oakton assisted living facility.

Col. Danner began his 25-year military career when he entered the Army in 1940. During World War II, he served in Europe, where he received the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

He was later assigned to the Army Materiel Command as a member of the personal staff of six deputy commanding generals for logistic support and materiel readiness.

He rejoined the Army Materiel Command a year after he retired from active military duty in 1965 and continued to work there until 1984.

Col. Danner, a Falls Church resident for 40 years, was born in Yuma, Ariz.

He was a volunteer for the National Wildlife Association.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Edna Virginia Danner of Falls Church; two sons, Jay C. Danner of Charles Town, W. Va., and Neal J. Danner of Marietta, Ga.; and two grandchildren.