Hilda Sporn Karr


Hilda Sporn Karr, 82, who taught in Montgomery County elementary schools from 1962 until retiring in 1981, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 19 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

She taught at Ritchie Park Elementary School in Potomac and Cresthaven and Jackson Road elementary schools in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Karr, who had lived in the Washington area since the 1940s and in Potomac since the 1960s, was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a biology graduate of Hunter College and received a master's degree in education from the University of Maryland.

In the 1940s, she was a clerk with the U.S. Census Bureau, and she worked for the Army Quartermaster Corps.

Mrs. Karr was a member of Congregation B'nai Tzedek in Potomac. She was a volunteer with the Ruach Club of Na'amat and the National Council of Jewish Women. She had been president of the Washington area chapter of the Hunter College Alumni Association.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, William Karr of Potomac; two sons, Roger, of North Potomac, and Kenneth, of Potomac; a brother; and four grandchildren.

David N. Dunn

Capitol Hill Worker

David Neill Dunn, 61, assistant to the postmaster of the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1990s, died of cancer Nov. 18 at his home in Sterling. He had a debilitating stroke in 1995.

Mr. Dunn was born in Cleveland and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He attended Indiana University and Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. He was a Navy dental technician during the Vietnam War.

With his wife, he co-owned a dental supply company in Olmstead Falls, Ohio, where he was also a city councilman and mayor. They moved to the Washington area in 1989.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Lynda Lewis Dunn of Sterling; a son, Jason Dunn of Charlottesville; four brothers; and a sister.

Helen K. Barry

Administrative Assistant

Helen K. Barry, 88, an administrative assistant for Fairfax County and its parks authority from 1968 until retiring in 1982, died of a respiratory ailment Nov. 3 at a retirement home in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

After her official retirement, she continued to coordinate county activities, including those of the Fairfax County senior citizen centers.

She lived in the Washington area, most recently in Falls Church, from the early 1940s until moving to New York in the 1990s.

Mrs. Barry, a native of McKeesport, Pa., worked as a secretary during World War II for Navy Secretary James Forrestal, who later became secretary of Defense.

In the 1960s, she worked for Fairfax Democratic Party candidates, including Supervisor Fred Babson.

She had been a member of the PEO Sisterhood.

Her husband, Clarence J. Barry, died in 1974.

Survivors include three sons, Brian, of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Shawn, of Ashburn, and Tom, of Pelham, N.Y.; a daughter, Teresa DeVore of Atlanta; and six grandchildren.

Lauren S. Ziegler

Justice Aide

Lauren S. Ziegler, 34, a Justice Department employee and community volunteer, died of a pulmonary embolism on Nov. 7. She collapsed in a Starbucks on Seventh Street NW and was pronounced dead at Howard University Hospital.

At her death, Ms. Ziegler was special assistant to the deputy director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Earlier she had served four years as program coordinator for the drug-free communities program in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Before moving to Washington in 1995, she worked in New Jersey for a nonprofit organization on reproductive rights. In this area before joining the Justice Department, she worked for KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe havens for youth.

She was a volunteer grief/bereavement aide for Hospice Care of D.C., and she did volunteer work for Taste of the Nation, a food supplying organization.

Ms. Ziegler, a resident of Washington, was born in Chatham, N.J. She graduated from Western Maryland College and also studied at the Universite de Bourgogne in Dijon, France.

Survivors include her mother, Cynthia Ziegler of Chatham; a brother; and a sister.

Robert Muller Walker

Patent Examiner

Robert Muller Walker, 93, a retired patent examiner who had worked for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 1946 until retiring in 1972, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 21 at Holy Cross Hospital. He lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring.

Mr. Walker, a Washington native, was a 1928 graduate of Central High School and a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Maryland. During World War II, he was a marine engineer with a Navy shipyard in Washington state. He was a civil engineer with the D.C. Highway Department before joining the Patent Office.

He was a member of the Theosophical Society.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Louise Berchtold, of Leisure World; a son, Frank, of Silver Spring; two daughters, Helen Walker of Catonsville and Joan Boyer of Silver Spring; a sister, Ruth Zeller of Hyattsville; and six grandchildren.

Edward Clay Plyler

Interior Designer

Edward Clay Plyler, 77, an interior designer who operated his namesake firm in Alexandria from the late 1950s until retiring this year, died of cancer Nov. 6 at his home in Alexandria.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Plyler had worked for the Washington design firm of Don J. MacAfee and Associates. He founded his own firm, with Joseph Cipolari, in 1957. His projects included work at the Supreme Court building and the White House.

He had served as president of the local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and had served on its national board of governors.

Mr. Plyler, an Alexandria resident since 1951, was a native of Albermarle, N.C. He was a graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York and had served with the Army in Europe during World War II.

He leaves no immediate survivors.

Elliot Berg

Economic Consultant

Elliot Berg, 75, an economic consultant in the 1990s for Development Alternatives Inc. in Bethesda, died of lung cancer Nov. 21 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Berg, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., served in the Army in the 1940s. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from New York University, a master's degree in economics from Columbia University and an economics doctorate from Harvard University.

He taught economics at Harvard and the University of Michigan before moving to the Washington area in 1980, settling in Alexandria.

Mr. Berg was an economics consultant at the World Bank in the 1980s. He was an authority on development in Africa.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Nancy Berg of Alexandria; two sons, Alexander and Andrew, both of Washington; a daughter, Sarah Berg of San Francisco; and four grandchildren.

Deborah Ann Barnes Clover

Phone Technician

Deborah Ann Barnes Clover, 47, a central office technician in Arlington with what is now the Verizon telephone company from 1984 until 1998, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 18 at Northern Virginia Community Hospital. She was stricken at her Falls Church home.

Mrs. Clover was a native of Arlington and a graduate of Washington-Lee High School. She volunteered with the PTA at Barrett Elementary School in Arlington.

Her marriage to Robert Terry Moore Sr. ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of seven years, Timothy Clover of Falls Church; three children from her first marriage, Dina Michelle Moore-Marshall of Ellicott City and Carrie Elizabeth Moore and Robert Terry Moore Jr., both of Arlington; her parents, Charles Barnes and Judith Barnes, both of Arlington; four sisters, Kathryn Rhoade of Knotts Island, N.C., Linda Gibbs and Janet Bartnek, both of Fairfax, and Karen Strykul of Arlington; two brothers, Charles Barnes Jr. of Falls Church and Jack Barnes of Fairfax; and two grandchildren.

Thomas J. Allshouse

Navy Admiral

Thomas J. Allshouse, 77, a retired Navy rear admiral who was chairman and chief executive from 1992 to 2000 of the corporation that administers the Vinson Hall and Arleigh Burke Pavilion retirement facilities in McLean, died Nov. 19 at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. He had cancer.

Adm. Allshouse, who lived in Woodbridge, served in the Navy Supply Corps for 34 years and retired in 1981 as commander of the Navy Ships Parts Control Center in Pennsylvania. After that, he was a business consultant with Kent Maxfield Associates and treasurer of the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation.

He was a native of Duquesne, Pa., attended Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy.

He received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University and also attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

His commands included the Naval Supply Center in Oakland, Calif. He was also director of the materiel division under the deputy chief of naval operations for logistics.

His honors included four awards of the Legion of Merit.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Woodbridge.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Elsie D. Allshouse of Woodbridge; three children, Sharon D. Rich of Brooklet, Ga., Dr. Michael J. Allshouse of Fresno, Calif., and Karen L. Berlin of San Francisco; and eight grandchildren.

William Elton Berry Jr.

Foreign Service Officer

William Elton Berry Jr., 82, a retired State Department Foreign Service officer, died Nov. 9 at Inova Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack.

He joined the Foreign Service in the 1950s. He was vice consul and consul in Accra, Ghana, and then consul in Casablanca, Morocco. Later, he was a West Africa specialist at the State Department and then deputy director of intelligence and research. He retired in 1979.

Mr. Berry, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Harrisburg, Ill. He graduated from the University of Illinois, where he also received a master's degree in political science. He did postgraduate work in political science at Harvard University. During World War II, he was an Army Air Forces pilot in Africa.

He was an amateur photographer.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ruth Breeze Berry of Alexandria; three children, William E. Berry of Los Angeles, Anne Berry Howe of New York and John B. Berry of San Francisco; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Caroline Hopkins Brown

Real Estate Saleswoman

Caroline Hopkins Brown, 71, who spent more than 30 years in real estate sales and worked at the Georgetown office of Begg/Long & Foster at her death, died Nov. 18 at her home in Washington after a heart attack.

Mrs. Brown was a native of St. Augustine, Fla., and a graduate of Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. She taught elementary school in South Carolina and did interior decorating in New York before settling in the Washington area in 1966.

Her memberships included St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington. Her hobbies included gardening.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, John P. Brown of Washington; two children, John P. Brown Jr. of Washington and Anne B. Loftus of New York; and a granddaughter.