Freda Greenberg Gordon

Claims Adjuster

Freda Mildred Greenberg Gordon, 90, an area athlete in the 1920s who worked at Geico insurance from the 1960s to 1983 and retired as a claims adjuster, died Nov. 15 at a nursing home in Coconut Creek, Fla. She had cancer.

Mrs. Gordon, a native Washingtonian, attended the old Business High School.

In the 1920s, she played women's basketball for a traveling Jewish Community Center league and was a competitive swimmer for the JCC. The JCC honored her in the late 1970s as one of the outstanding Jewish women basketball players of her time.

In the 1930s, she worked in Woodward & Lothrop's photography department. In the 1950s, she did sales and other work for Harris & Ewing photo studios in Washington.

Her avocations included golf, tennis and bridge.

She moved from Chevy Chase to Florida in 1994.

She was a founding member of Norbeck Country Club in Rockville and a former member of Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Her husband, Samuel D. Gordon, whom she married in 1931, died in 1982.

Survivors include two children, William Gordon of Gaithersburg and Judith Herman of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

James M. 'Tom' Hodges Sr.

Tobacco Farmer

James Milford "Tom" Hodges Sr., 88, a St. Mary's County farmer who also was a tobacco warehouse representative and buyer for Edelen Brothers Warehouse in La Plata and Farmers Warehouse in Hughesville, died Nov. 16 at his home in Avenue. He had Alzheimer's disease and leukemia.

Mr. Hodges grew tobacco all his life on Barton Hall Farm in Avenue. He worked for Edelen from about 1960 to the late 1990s and had been with Farmers Warehouse since then.

He was born on Barton Hall Farm and attended River Springs High School in Avenue.

He was a former member of the Southern Maryland chapters of the Watermen's Association and the Farm Bureau. He played in and managed St. Mary's baseball teams in the 1940s and early 1950s. His hobbies included hunting.

His wife, Eleanor Agnes Turner Hodges, whom he married in 1936, died in 1997.

Survivors include four children, James Jr., of Hollywood, Md., Thomas Robert Hodges of Avenue and Margaret Turner Williams and Eleanor Joyce Spence, both of Bushwood; a brother, Thomas Gonsalvo "Gonnie" Hodges IV of Leonardtown; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

George J. Norman

Mechanical Engineer

George J. Norman, 90, a retired mechanical engineer who designed ship and helicopter components during his career with the Navy Department, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 27 at a nursing home in Portland, Ore.

Mr. Norman, a graduate of Drexel Institute of Technology in his native Philadelphia, worked in the central instrumentation department at the David Taylor Model Basin in Carderock from 1946 to 1968.

In the 1970s, he periodically worked in Brazil under the auspices of the United Nations, helping that country develop its naval ship design program.

He lived in Garrett Park for nearly 50 years before moving to Oregon in 1997.

His wife, Margaret Norman, died in 1999.

Survivors include two children, Paul Norman and Storry Norman, both of Portland; a sister; a brother; and two grandsons.

Melville John Boucher

NSA Research Analyst

Melville John Boucher, 76, a former Rockville resident who was a research analyst for the National Security Agency from 1950 until his retirement in 1981, died Nov. 17 at a nursing home in New Hope, Minn. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Boucher's career with the agency included assignments in Paris; Stuttgart, Germany; and Ottawa. He moved to Canandaigua, N.Y., in 1981 and to Minnesota in 1998.

He was born in Dublin, where his father was U.S. consul. The younger Boucher was a 1949 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an Army veteran who had served in the military at the end of World War II.

He was an active member of the Twinbrook Citizens' Association in Rockville, parent teacher associations and the Little Singers of Montgomery County.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ellen Boucher of Minneapolis; three children, Douglas H. Boucher of Dickerson, Richard A. Boucher of Bethesda and Anita M. Boucher of Minneapolis; a brother; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Stuart Bogart Barber

Navy Planner

Stuart Bogart Barber, 88, a Navy planning official whose work led to the establishment of U.S. bases at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, died Nov. 17 at Greenspring Village in Springfield, where he had lived for the past year. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Barber, a longtime resident of Arlington, was born in New York City. He graduated from Dartmouth College and in 1935 came to Washington. He received a law degree from George Washington University while working at the Works Progress Administration.

He worked on housing statistics and analysis with the Department of Commerce and later the war housing program until 1942, when he began World War II service as a Navy intelligence officer. He served in Washington and at Pearl Harbor.

In 1947, he began civilian service with the Office of Naval Operations, first in naval aviation statistics and planning. From 1947 until 1950, in a series of letters, opinion pieces and other articles, both under his name and a number of pseudonyms, he fought against an Air Force campaign to hobble or take over carrier aviation.

From 1957 until he retired in 1970, Mr. Barber was assistant director of the Navy's long-range objectives group. It was in this role in 1960 that he made the original proposal that led to the establishment of U.S. naval facilities on Diego Garcia.

He was a two-time recipient of the Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

His marriage to Elizabeth Cameron ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Anna Louise Schleselman Barber of Springfield; their two sons, Richard B., of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Russell W., of Sebastopol, Calif.; a brother; and four grandchildren.

Kenneth H. Stoll


Kenneth H. Stoll, 73, a retired Arlington dentist who was past president of the Metropolitan Area Dental Health Counsel and other professional organizations, died Nov. 13 at Arleigh Burke Pavilion in McLean. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Stoll was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and raised in Albuquerque and Arlington, where he graduated from Washington-Lee High School. He was a 1950 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 1954 graduate of the University of Maryland's dental school in Baltimore.

He lived in Arlington, where he treated patients for 40 years before retiring in 1997. He opened his dental practice after serving with the Army Dental Corps for two years, which included a stint in Germany.

He was past president of the Arlington and Northern Virginia dental societies and an elected fellow of the Virginia Dental Society and the International and American colleges of dentists.

He was a choir member at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Arlington and an avid tennis player at Washington Golf and Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Stoll of Arlington; three children, Karl Holbrook Stoll of Manassas, Adam Andrew Stoll of Solomons Island and Jennifer Elaine DeGross of Arlington; a brother; a sister; and eight grandchildren.

Robert G. Duquette

Cost Analyst

Robert G. Duquette, 49, who did cost and financial systems analysis for defense contractors in the Washington area, died of leukemia Nov. 15 at Potomac Hospital. He lived in Fredericksburg.

Mr. Duquette was principal analyst with Schafer Corp. for a subcontract on a Boeing Corp. missile project. Earlier, he worked for Raytheon Corp., EG&G Washington Analytical Services Center, ORI Inc., Graph-Tech Inc. and Anteon Inc. He also owned a business, Duquette Cleaning Service, in the Lake Ridge area.

Mr. Duquette was a native of Fall River, Mass., and a graduate of Providence College. He did graduate work in management at Suffolk University.

He was a member of the Providence College Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Langford Duquette of Fredericksburg; his parents, Gerald I. Duquette and Lucille Pineault Duquette, both of Fall River; and a brother.

Jefferson Dingle III

Truck Driver

Jefferson Dingle III, 45, a truck driver who retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1997, died Nov. 17 of kidney disease at Washington Hospital Center. He lived in Laurel.

Mr. Dingle was a native of Washington and a graduate of Central High School and Anne Arundel Community College. He served in the Army.

He was a driver with Yellow Cab in Washington before joining the Postal Service in 1985.

He was a member of Bright Light Baptist Church in Takoma Park and the Masons.

His marriage to Twanna Dingle ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of nine years, Marie Price Dingle of Laurel; a daughter from his first marriage, Tadasha Jackson of Washington; two children from his second marriage, Jerrod Dingle and Stephanie Dingle, both of Laurel; three half brothers; two half sisters; and two grandchildren.

Philip C. Bonds


Philip C. Bonds, 54, an auditor for three years in the office of the inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service, died of cancer Nov. 9 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Fairfax Station.

Mr. Bonds was a native of Memphis and a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He also attended that university's dental school and studied accounting at the University of Memphis. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

He began his federal career with the Treasury Department in the mid-1970s and also worked for the Army Department. He was with the Army Audit Agency until 1983 and then joined the Defense Department inspector general's staff. He was in a similar auditing position at the State Department until 1999.

Mr. Bonds was a member of the Association of Government Accountants.

Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Virginia Anne Bonds of Fairfax Station, and a brother, John C. Bonds III of Burke.

Fong S. Lee

Giant Food Cashier

Fong S. Lee, 63, a Giant Food cashier for 17 years before retiring in 1993 from the store on Goshen Road in Gaithersburg, died of a heart ailment Nov. 15 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Olney.

Mrs. Lee came to the Washington area from her native China in 1951.

Her hobbies included traveling and playing mah-jongg.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Stephen N. Lee of Olney; three daughters, Sharon Stark of Chevy Chase, Shellmay Goto of Tampa and Stacy Kong of Ashton; her mother, Nancy Lee, and a sister, Mabel Lee, both of Rockville; two brothers, Henry Lee of Derwood and Bobby Lee of Rockville; and three grandchildren.