Mabel Elizabeth Yates

Child Care Provider

Mabel Elizabeth Yates, 87, who served on the staff of the Andrews Air Force Base Child Care Center from 1958 until she retired as assistant director in 1981, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 16 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Mrs. Yates, who lived in Edgewater, was born in Atlanta and moved to Washington as a child. She graduated from Eastern High School.

She had been a volunteer worker with the Cub Scouts in Camp Springs and the Boy Scouts in Clinton.

Her husband, George Morris Yates Sr., died in 1986.

Survivors include three sons, George Jr., of Ponce Inlet, Fla., Larry, of Seven Lakes, N.C., and Mike, of Minden, Nev.; two sisters, Evelyn Henderson of Arlington and Helen Snapp of Merritt Island, Fla.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Yukiko Tamashiro


Yukiko Tamashiro, 78, a Fairfax County schoolteacher who retired in 1989 as a teacher of social studies classes for gifted and talented children at Langston Hughes Middle School, died Nov. 6 at the Kaiser Permanente health care center in Reston. She had cancer and suffered a stroke.

Mrs. Tamashiro taught 20 years in Fairfax County, at Chantilly Secondary School, South Lakes High and Churchill Road and Lake Anne elementaries in addition to Langston Hughes. She also taught at Green Hedges, a private school in Vienna. In 1973, she was named Fairfax County's teacher of the year.

In a widely publicized incident in 1959, Mrs. Tamashiro, a third-generation Japanese American, applied for a teaching job in Falls Church but was turned down. She said she was told she had been rejected "simply because I am not Caucasian." School Board members said at the time that the rejection of her application followed a closed meeting of the board, during which the discussion focused almost exclusively on Mrs. Tamashiro's ethnicity.

Mrs. Tamashiro, a resident of Reston, was born in Koloa on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. She graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois, where she also received a master's degree in education. In her professional career, she also taught in Middletown, N.Y., and Princeton, N.J.

She had done volunteer work with FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help), an emergency assistance operation sponsored by a consortium of churches, and for the Clothes Closet, another church-sponsored assistance program.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Sam Y. Tamashiro of Reston; two children, Ken, of Washington, and Lynn Aiko Warner of Reston; and three brothers.

Robert Preston Anders Jr.

Communications Engineer

Robert Preston Anders Jr., 54, a native Washingtonian who held engineering and managerial positions at communications companies in Europe in the 1990s, died Nov. 18 at a brother's home in Ellicott City. He had heart disease.

Mr. Anders resettled in the Washington area in 1999 and helped a brother, Kerry Anders of Ellicott City, with his home-remodeling business.

Robert Anders Jr. grew up in Seabrook, where he lived at his death. He was a 1965 graduate of DuVal High School in Lanham.

He served in the Navy as a sonar technician during the Vietnam War.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he did engineering work for Washington area telephone companies, including Chesapeake & Potomac and Bell Atlantic.

In Europe, he worked for Eurotel Prague, Omnitel Pronto Italia in Italy and Nynex in the Czech Republic.

His marriages to Charlotte Hickey Anders and Linda Diggs Anders ended in divorce.

In addition to his brother Kerry Anders, survivors include two children from his first marriage, Robert Anders III of Landover Hills and Christine Anders Gray of Lanham; his mother, Norma Anders of North Anson, Maine; two other brothers, Michael Anders of Dracut, Mass., and Brian Anders of North Attleboro, Mass.; and three sisters, Darlene Sanner of Savage, Pamela Johnson of Gaithersburg and Karen Birmingham of Harwich, Mass.

Shirley Faye Yarnall

Writing Professor

Shirley Faye Yarnall, 80, who taught creative writing at American University from 1959 until retiring as an associate professor in 1984, died of cirrhosis Nov. 17 at Halquist Memorial Hospice Center in Arlington.

She had lived in Cabin John since 1950.

Mrs. Yarnall, a native of Lombard, Ill., was an English graduate of Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa.

She was the author of three novels, including "The Whipping Boy," published in 1956, which centered on an interracial love affair.

She ran advanced writing and summer programs for District high school students.

Her marriage to Daniel Guy Pfoutz ended in divorce. Her second husband, John N. Yarnall, whom she married in 1963, died in 1989.

Survivors include four children from her first marriage, Daniel Pfoutz Jr. of Arlington, Mark, of Purcellville, Jeffrey, of Leesburg, and Kristin Lindstrom of Arlington; three stepchildren; and two grandchildren.

Sidney A. Danneman

Liquor Store Owner

Sidney Alexander Danneman, 87, a former executive with the Giant Food grocery store chain who owned and operated Burka's Wine and Liquor in Washington from the early 1960s to the early 1990s, died Nov. 18 at a hospice in Boca Raton, Fla. He had a heart ailment and diabetes.

Mr. Danneman was born in Atlanta and grew up in Lancaster, Pa. At age 16, after his father's death, he began working for N.M. Cohen's family groceries in Lancaster.

Cohen went on to start what became the Giant chain in Washington in the mid-1930s, and Mr. Danneman began working as a butcher. He left as a senior vice president.

He moved from Washington to Florida in the early 1990s and was a resident of Pompano Beach.

He was a former member of Washington's B'nai Israel Congregation, which is now in Rockville, and Woodmont Country Club in Rockville. His hobbies included golf.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Nettie Rubenstein Danneman of Pompano Beach; a son, Randy Danneman of Silver Spring; a brother, Eli Danneman of Pompano Beach; and two sisters, Helen Kramer of Chevy Chase and Freida Pedinoff of Springfield, N.J.

Gertrude Garner Hurlbut

Realty Executive

Gertrude Garner Hurlbut, 90, a real estate sales agent who retired as vice president of Showalter Realty in Washington about 20 years ago, died Nov. 19 at Laughlin Hospital in Greeneville, Tenn., of complications following a stroke.

Mrs. Hurlbut was born in Greene County, Tenn. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, where she also received a master's degree in psychology.

In the mid-1950s, she moved to Washington and began her career at Showalter Realty.

She was a member of Iona Bridge Club, Columbia Country Club and Eldbrooke United Methodist Church in Washington.

Her husband, Paul Edward Hurlbut, died in 1985.

Survivors include a sister.