James H. 'Trapper' Drum
Government Sales Representative
James Hunter "Trapper" Drum, 87, who retired in 1980 from government sales work for American Motors, died Dec. 15 at an assisted living facility in Essex, Conn. He had dementia.
Mr. Drum earlier did government sales for Willis Jeep. His division became part of American Motors.
He worked from the late 1940s to 1957 for what became the Central Intelligence Agency's office of technical service in the directorate of science and technology.
He was a Chicago native and a 1937 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During World War II, he became a company commander in the Army in Europe.
He was a recipient of the Silver Star and the Purple Heart for actions at Geilenkirchen, Germany, in November 1944. He left the Army in 1946 as a colonel.
He moved from Washington to Essex in the mid-1990s.
His memberships included the Metropolitan Club, the Chevy Chase Club and the Army Navy Club. He was a former grand seneschal of the Washington chapter of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a wine-tasting group.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty Burke Drum of Essex; a daughter, Debbie English of Centerbrook, Conn.; and two granddaughters.
Eleanor L. Withers
Army Department Official
Eleanor Lewis Withers, 88, who spent 20 years as an Army Department civilian and retired in 1976 as a reports accounting supervisor, died Dec. 18 at Greater Southeast Community Hospital. She had congestive heart failure.
Mrs. Withers, a native Washingtonian and resident, earlier did clerical work for the D.C. Recorder of Deeds, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
She was a graduate of Armstrong High School, where she played varsity women's basketball and illustrated the yearbook. She attended Miner Teachers College.
Her memberships included the Washington Genealogical Society and the D.C. Pharmaceutical Association women's auxiliary.
Her husband, James B. Withers Sr., died in 1979.
Survivors include three children, J. Bertron Withers Jr. of Silver Spring, Doris Cleo Withers of New York and Vivian Eleanor W. Canty of Washington; a sister, Doris M. Lewis of Laurel; a brother, Maurice H. Lewis of Laurel; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Carol Levin, 86, a bookkeeper and accountant who retired in 1981 from the Pension Guaranty Corp., died of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Dec. 18 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Levin, who lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring, was born in New York. She was an office manager and bookkeeper in New York before moving to the Washington area in 1953.
After several years of raising children, she returned to the workforce in 1965, doing bookkeeping and accounting work at WWDC radio, a construction company, the Interior Department, the Labor Department and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
She was a member of Congregation Beth El in Bethesda and active in its Sisterhood, Hadassah and ORT.
Survivors include her husband, Albert Levin of Leisure World in Silver Spring; two children, Paul H. Levin of New York and Susan H. Levin of Newton, Mass.; and four grandchildren.
Genevieve Doris Welsh
Census Training Supervisor
Genevieve Doris Welsh, 90, who traveled the United States from New England to Hawaii training census takers and helped produce four national censuses, died Dec. 13 at the Springhouse assisted-living facility in Silver Spring. She had lung cancer.
Ms. Welsh was a graduate of Duchesne College in her native Omaha and taught in that area as a young woman. She joined the Census Bureau in 1939 and later became a supervisor and trainer. She retired in 1972.
She was a member of Children of Mary and Christ the King Catholic Church in Silver Spring.
There are no immediate survivors.