Helen R. Thompson

Army Employee

Helen Ritter Thompson, 77, a civilian employee of the Army Corps of Engineers for 36 years before retiring in 1990 from its water resource support center in Alexandria, died of cancer Dec. 21 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She lived in East Springfield.

She moved to the Washington area and went to work for the Corps of Engineers in the mid-1950s. Over the years, she served as a management analyst and training coordinator and did personnel work.

Mrs. Thompson, who was born in Spring Valley, N.Y., was a home economics and interior design graduate of the University of Alabama.

In 1990, she was inducted into the water resource center's gallery of distinguished civilian employees. She was a charter member of the Springfield Golf and Country Club.

Her husband, William C. Thompson, died in 1989.

Survivors include a brother and sister.

Carl G. Christianson

Government Records Manager

Carl G. Christianson, 95, who worked for the Agriculture Department for about 30 years before retiring in 1972 as a records management analyst, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 18 at his home in Arlington.

Mr. Christianson was a native of Mishawaka, Ind., and a 1927 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he played football for Knute Rockne.

He worked as a logger for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration in Washington state, then as an actor with the Works Progress Administration in Indiana before coming to the District in 1935.

He performed with a Washington-based acting troupe called the Kingsmith Players before beginning his career at Agriculture Department headquarters.

In World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. One of his duties was to provide lectures accompanying the "Why We Fight" film documentaries for overseas-bound troops.

His wife of 53 years, Eugenia Scott, died in 1989.

Survivors include four children, Sara Muenster of Springfield and Nelson Christianson, Nora Trodden and Andrea Christianson, all of Arlington; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.