Robert J. Gomez


Robert J. Gomez, 67, a retired Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals judge, died of cancer Dec. 3 at Loudoun Medical Center in Leesburg.

Judge Gomez served on the board from 1977 to 1992. Since then, he had practiced law with the firm of Bastianelli, Brown, & Kelly, where he led the claims and litigation support practice.

At George Washington University law school, he was co-course director and co-author of the manual "Alternative Means of Resolving Disputes."

Judge Gomez, a resident of Alexandria and Kill Devil Hills, N.C., was born in Fall River, Mass., and graduated from Southeastern Massachusetts University. He then served in the Navy as a research and development engineer. He settled in the Washington area in 1962. He graduated from Georgetown University law school.

Before becoming a judge, he was an engineer and patent examiner with the Patent Office and a lawyer with the Maritime Administration and the office of the general counsel of the Navy.

Judge Gomez was a member of the Board of Contract Appeals Judges Association. He was a volunteer with Children's Hospital and the Health and Welfare Council. His avocations included golf, tennis, swimming, running and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Kathleen Ann Gomez of Alexandria and Kill Devil Hills; four sons, Robert J. Gomez Jr. of Kill Devil Hills, Barry M. Gomez of Doylestown, Pa., Christopher A. Gomez of Collegeville, Pa., and Peter C. Gomez of Leesburg; his mother, Helen S. Gomez of Alexandria; two brothers, Roger Gomez of Boston and Richard A. Gomez of Sterling; a sister, Mary Ellen Grano of Fairfax; and four granddaughters.

Marian Gray Secundy

Howard Professor

Marian Gray Secundy, 64, a professor emeritus of bioethics at Howard University Medical School and a Washington community service activist, died Dec. 17 at the home of a daughter in New York after a heart attack.

Dr. Secundy joined the faculty at Howard in 1971 as a professor and director of the program in clinical ethics in the Department of Community Health and Family Practice with the College of Medicine. She retired there in 1999. Her work included curriculum development in the areas of bioethics, medical humanities, communication skills and marital and sexual counseling.

From 1999 to 2002, she was director of the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care.

Dr. Secundy, a resident of Washington, was born in Louisiana and grew up in Philadelphia. She graduated from Vassar College and received a master's degree in bioethics at Bryn Mawr College and a doctorate in humanities and bioethics at Union Graduate Institute.

In 1965, she came to Washington as director of metropolitan Washington housing programs for the American Friends Committee.

Dr. Secundy had been a trustee of Vassar College, the Fairfax Hospital Association, the National Sickle Cell Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health and the Greater Southeast Hospital Center on Aging.

She was separated from her husband, Robert Secundy.

Survivors include two children, Susan Secundy Barrigan and Joel Secundy, both of New York; and her mother, Hazel Yates Gray, and a brother, former representative William H. Gray III (D-Pa.), president of the United Negro College Fund, both of Reston.

R. Stuart Burch

Executive Recruiter

R. Stuart Burch, 43, an executive recruiter for the computer software and Internet industries, died Dec. 19 at George Washington University Hospital of an apparent heart attack after collapsing in his Washington office. The cause of death was unconfirmed pending an autopsy,

Mr. Burch, who lived in Highland, was a native of Baltimore and a son of former Maryland attorney general Francis B. Burch. He was a graduate of the University of Delaware and Harvard Business School.

He began his career as a marketing representative for IBM Corp. in Baltimore and was later executive assistant to the general manager of IBM's mid-Atlantic area.

He joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 1994 as an executive recruiter in technology fields. He later became managing director of the firm's North American technology practice and global software practice.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Highland, the Metropolitan and Harvard clubs and the board of Glenelg School.

Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Goetze Burch, and two children, Stuart Spencer Burch and Katherine Quinn Burch, all of Highland; his mother, Patricia H. Burch of Baltimore; three brothers; and three sisters.