Charles Albert Kraft

Photo Editor

Charles Albert Kraft, 88, who retired as an associate photo editor in 1976 after 19 years with U.S. News and World Report, died Dec. 19 at Potomac Valley Nursing and Wellness Center in Rockville. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Kraft, who lived in Washington for more than 50 years, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended Columbia University. He was a reporter, photo editor and then managing editor of Parade magazine before World War II.

During the war, he served in the Marine Corps as photo editor of Leatherneck magazine. After that, he worked for Look magazine and the U.S. Information Agency in Washington.

His wife, Alice Burkowsky Kraft, died in the 1960s.

Survivors include a brother, David G. Kraft of Sanbornton, N.H.

Harry Jay Milton

Foreign Service Officer

Harry Jay Milton, 93, who worked for the Foreign Service from 1949 to 1969 and was a budget and fiscal officer, died Dec. 14 at his home in Silver Spring after a heart attack.

Mr. Milton's postings included Europe, Asia and Africa.

He was a substitute physical education teacher in Montgomery County public schools in the 1970s.

He was a native of Pittsburgh, where he graduated from Duquesne University. In college, he was tennis team captain and played varsity basketball.

He served in the Army in India during World War II.

His wife of 62 years, Frances P. Milton, died in 1998.

Survivors include three children, Jeffrey Milton of Potomac, Marcia Milton of Burlington, Vt., and Stephen Milton of Freehold, N.J.; a brother; and five grandsons.

William David Edson

Railroad Official

William David Edson, 76, a retired mechanical engineer with the Federal Railroad Administration who worked on demonstration projects that helped develop Amtrak, died Dec. 19 at Suburban Hospital. He had Parkinson's disease.

He was also a railroad historian who wrote and co-authored books and articles. He was a charter member and trustee of the New York Central System Historical Society, a director of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society and a member of the Toy Train Collectors Association and the Potomac chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

Mr. Edson, a Potomac resident, worked for the FRA for 20 years until 1988. Among his projects were efforts to improve the rail system in the Northeast corridor.

Before joining FRA, he worked 22 years for the New York Central Railroad and rose to chief mechanical engineer.

He was a native of Newton, Mass., and a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He served in the Navy during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Laura Bethke Edson of Potomac; two sons, James William Edson of Durham, N.C., and David John Edson of Germantown; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

Wallace Oles Keene


Wallace Oles Keene, 62, a Vietnam veteran and retired government official who founded Keene Ideas, a Derwood reengineering consulting firm, in 1997, died Dec. 20 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Derwood.

Mr. Keene, a Washington native, was a graduate of Western High School. He was a mathematics graduate of Florida State University and received a master's degree in business administration and operations research from American University. He served in the Army from 1961 to 1967, including tours in Vietnam.

He began his government career in 1974 with what became the Department of Energy, where he became an information officer and assistant to the deputy assistant secretary for finance. In 1988, he transferred to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he became chief information officer for its management analysis and systems office. From 1993 until retiring from the government in 1995, he worked for the Vice President's National Performance Review.

From 1983 to 1994, Mr. Keene also was an adjunct professor of computer science and information systems at American University. In 1996 and 1997, he did management consulting work with Computer Sciences Corp.

He had been a member of the government's Senior Executive Service. He had served as a chapter president of the Professional Development League and had been active in such groups as the Council of Excellence in Government and the Public Employee Roundtable.

Mr. Keene had been treasurer and senior warden of Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville. He wrote articles for the church, did public speaking, produced a music CD and served as president of the Derwood Station South Homeowners Association.

His marriage to Beverly Keene ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Carrico of Derwood; two daughters from his first marriage, Melissa Hurtt and Chrissy Wick, both of Lothian; and four grandchildren.