Russell G. Smith

Clerk, Accountant

Russell George Smith, 78, who had been a clerk and accountant with the Washington law firm of his wife, Mabel D. Hadden, for the past 40 years, died of a heart ailment Dec. 2 at Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Smith, who lived in Washington, attended college in his native England and served in the Royal Navy before coming to this country and settling in Washington in 1959.

In addition to his wife, of Washington, survivors include a brother.

Elizabeth Holliman


Elizabeth Hodges Holliman, 72, a former member of the board of directors of the National Symphony Orchestra and past president of its women's committee, died of lymphoma Dec. 3 at her daughter's weekend home in Brice, Va.

Mrs. Holliman, who lived in Alexandria, was active in other aspects of the NSO, including serving as chairman of the Rockefeller Estate NSO Decorator's Show House in Washington.

A native of Alabama, she graduated from what is now the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Ala. She moved to the Washington area in the 1960s.

Her husband of 32 years, Leamon G. Holliman, died in 1984.

Survivors include two children, Andrew Holliman of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Elizabeth Holliman Hart of Alexandria; five sisters; and a grandson.

Susan L. Perrine

Librarian, Businesswoman

Susan L. Perrine, 56, former owner of a home inspection service who also was a law librarian for two law firms in Washington, died of breast cancer Nov. 12 at her home in Rockville.

Mrs. Perrine, who had lived in the Washington area since 1972, was born in St. Louis. She graduated from Southern Illinois University and received a master's degree in library science from Wayne State University in Detroit.

She worked as a law librarian for Baker & Hostetler in 1977 and 1978, and for Shea & Gardner from 1978 to 1986. In the early 1980s, she served as president of the Law Librarians Society of Washington.

In 1986, she left the law librarian field and purchased HouseMaster Inc., a home inspection service. She sold half of the business in 1996 and the rest in 2000.

She was a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Lunch Bunch breast cancer support group, Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring and the board of directors of the Grosvenor I Condominium.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Philip Perrine of Rockville; two children, Nicholas Perrine of Boulder, Colo., and Victoria Perrine of Allentown, Pa.; her stepmother, Elvera Trost of St. Charles, Mo.; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Paul E. Bramell

Banker, Innkeeper

Paul Ernest Bramell, 66, a former Washington banker who ran the Shenandoah River Inn Bed and Breakfast in Luray, Va., for the past 10 years, died of respiratory failure Nov. 13 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Bramell, who lived in Luray, was born in Arlington and raised in Brandywine. He graduated from Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine and Southeastern University in Washington.

He was a junior and then a senior executive with American Security & Trust in Washington from 1956 to 1976. He worked for Diplomat National Bank and National Bank of Washington before becoming chief administrator for the Washington law firm of Pierson, Ball & Dowd in the early 1980s.

For about four years until the early 1990s, he was chief executive of the Seniors Coalition advocacy organization.

His marriage to Sherry Bramell ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion, Ann Merrigan of Luray; five children from his marriage, Jeff Bramell of Luray, Linda Kirker of Germantown, John Bramell of Powell, Tenn., Greg Bramell of Gaithersburg and Steve Bramell of Baltimore; his mother, Mary B. Bramell of Little Rock; two sisters; and 13 grandchildren.