Francis Anthony O'Brien

Historian and Lawyer

Francis Anthony O'Brien, 66, a military historian and retired lawyer, died of heart disease Jan. 1 at the home of a son in Ashburn, where he was visiting. He lived in McLean.

Mr. O'Brien was born in Albany, N.Y. He graduated from Hamilton College, where he was captain of the football and basketball teams, and Cornell University's law school. He was in the Army Reserve after law school.

In 1962, he came to Washington as a lawyer with the Federal Trade Commission. From 1971 to 1986, he practiced trade regulation law and antitrust litigation as a partner in the Washington office of the law firm of Howrey & Simon.

He wrote articles on military history for Civil War and World War II magazines and for the Washington Times. His book, "Battling for Saipan," which describes the Army's 105th Infantry Division's Pacific campaigns of World War II, is scheduled for publication this spring by Presidio Press.

Mr. O'Brien was a trustee of Hamilton College and president of the Civil War Roundtable of Alexandria. He coached youth soccer and basketball in Northern Virginia.

His wife, Maryanne Mahoney O'Brien, died Sept. 11, 2002.

Survivors include four children, John O'Brien of Ashburn, Dennis O'Brien of Madison, N.J., Kathleen Krug of Fairfax Station, and Eileen Prophett of Fairfax City; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

Edna Taylor Hofmann

Tow Truck Driver

Edna Taylor Hofmann, 84, who drove tow trucks for Hofmann's Garage and Towing Service in Hyattsville in the 1950s, died of lung cancer Dec. 11 at the home of a niece in Clinton, N.C.

Mrs. Hofmann was born in Faison, N.C., and moved to the Washington area during World War II.

With her husband, Ferdinand "Freddie" Hofmann, she owned and operated Hofmann's Garage and Towing Service in the 1950s. Mr. Hoffmann died about 10 years ago.

A former resident of Landover, Mrs. Hofmann moved to North Carolina about six years ago.

There are no immediate survivors.