Don D. Niklason

School Founder

Don D. Niklason, 81, who owned and operated Flint Hill Preparatory School in Oakton for about 25 years before selling the facility more than 20 years ago, died Dec. 31 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He had leukemia.

Mr. Niklason founded Flint Hill on a farm he purchased in the mid-1950s and ran it as a kindergarten through 12th-grade operation for up to 400 students until selling it about 1981. He also ran a summer camp at Flint Hill.

Flint Hill is now a nonprofit school, widely known for its basketball program.

Mr. Niklason also was a real estate developer and investor who built several housing complexes in Northern Virginia.

He was born in Berkeley, Calif., and grew up in Arlington. He attended Western High School and Devitt Preparatory School and was an All Metropolitan football player.

He attended the University of Virginia on a football and boxing scholarship. Years later, he did volunteer work for the U-Va. Alumni Association.

During World War II, he served in the Navy.

Mr. Niklason, a longtime resident of Middleburg and McLean, moved to Annapolis about 10 years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, E. Louise Niklason of Annapolis; three children, Ken Niklason of Pittsburgh, Gary Niklason of Japan and Donna De Garcia of Annapolis; and two granddaughters.

Myer Cohen

United Nations Official

Myer Cohen, 95, a native Washingtonian who retired in 1972 as deputy administrator of the United Nations Development Program with the rank of undersecretary general of the United Nations, died Jan. 8 at a retirement community in Newtown, Pa. He had congestive heart failure and kidney failure.

Dr. Cohen was the Farm Security Administration's assistant regional director in San Francisco, handling migration camp programs, before joining the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in 1944. He rose to become UNRRA's chief official handling displaced persons in Europe after World War II.

He later was assistant director general of the International Refugee Organization in Geneva and director of the U.N. Technical Assistance Administration's program division in New York.

Dr. Cohen was a graduate of Central High School and Swarthmore College. He received a doctorate in international relations from Yale University in 1935.

He was the editor of "Selected Supreme Court Decisions," published by Harper & Brothers in 1937, a book he used while teaching at the School of Social Studies in San Francisco in the late 1930s.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth Elson Cohen of Newtown; two children, Judith C. Kretzmann of Washington and Arthur Elson Cohen of Worcester, Mass.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

Oscar Howard Stockton

Computer Systems Scientist

Oscar Howard Stockton, 72, a computer systems scientist who retired in 1988 from Planning Research Corp., died Jan. 6 at his home in Olney after a heart attack.

Mr. Stockton was born in Roswell, N.M., and graduated from the University of New Mexico. He served in the Air Force as a young man and settled in this area in 1962.

At his death, he had worked two years for Planning Research Corp. Previously, he had worked for Informatics General Corp. and Data Dynamics Corp.

His avocations included bird-watching.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Stockton, of Bethesda; and a son, Lawrence H. Stockton of Miami.

Beverly Miller Burtnick

Science Teacher

Beverly Miller Burtnick, 85, a Washington science teacher who retired in 1980 from Alice Deal Junior High School, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 3 at her home in the District.

Mrs. Burtnick taught for 23 years, starting at Gordon Junior High School. Previously, she had been a lab technician at Springfield State Hospital near Sykesville, Md.

Mrs. Burtnick was a native of Baltimore and an honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Goucher College. She received a master's degree in education from George Washington University.

She had been financial secretary of the Greater Washington Council of Jewish Women and volunteered with council thrift shops. She received the organization's Hanna G. Solomon Award. She was a member of the Bible class and officer of the Prime Timers Club at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Her husband, Dr. Lester Leon Burtnick, died in 1957.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Glick of Columbia and Leslie Burka of Potomac; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Edward William Bower

Sheet Metal Contractor

Edward William Bower, 57, a sheet metal contractor who specialized in home renovations and additions and was an active sportsman, died of lung cancer Jan. 5 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He had lived in Falls Church for 45 years.

Mr. Bower was born in Philadelphia. After graduating in 1963 from Falls Church High School, he worked as a sheet metal mechanic for firms that included Cherrydale, Fairfax and Loudoun County Sheet Metal.

Mr. Bower was a hunter and fisherman. He belonged to North American Hunting Club, Whitetails Unlimited, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, American Bass Anglers, Operation Bass and the Association of Bass Professionals.

Survivors include his parents, Edward Bower and Mary Bower, both of Falls Church; a brother; and a sister.

Eugene V. Aber

Chief Review Examiner

Eugene V. Aber, 92, who retired in 1971 as chief review examiner in the Washington office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., died of a heart attack Dec. 22 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Aber was a native of Connersville, Ind., and a graduate of Benjamin Franklin University. He was a store manager for J.C. Penney in the South before moving to Washington in 1933.

He began his federal career with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as an auditor for the finance officer in the insolvent national bank division.

He later transferred to the bank examining division in Philadelphia. He became a loan examiner in Baltimore in 1945 and transferred back to Washington to be an office chief in 1949.

Mr. Aber joined FDIC when Congress abolished Reconstruction Finance Corp. in 1953.

He was a Mason and an Elk, a former president of the Wheaton-Kensington Rotary Club and a member of Nativity Lutheran Church in Alexandria.

His wife of 60 years, Taimi Holm Aber, died in 1999.

Survivors include his children, James B. Aber of Fairfax and Judith A. Bright of Alexandria, and four granddaughters.

Bernard A. Cole Sr.

D.C. Principal

Bernard A. Cole Sr., 88, who retired in 1977 after 20 years as principal of Merritt Elementary School in Northeast Washington, died of a brain ailment Jan. 7 at Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Cole was born in the St. Mary's County town of Abell, and he had lived in the District since he was a teenager. He was a graduate of Dunbar High School and Miners Teachers College, and he received a master's degree in education from New York University.

He began his career in 1942 as a teacher at Stevens Elementary School.

Mr. Cole was a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Education Association and Miners alumni organizations that included the M Club. He was a volunteer loan officer with St. Augustine's Credit Union and a member of the Traditional Choir at Nativity Catholic Church in Washington and Omega Psi Phi social fraternity.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Julia Waters Cole, of Washington; five children, Bernard Cole Jr. of La Plata and Ronald P. Cole, Josette M. Cole, Paul Elbert Cole and Richard L. Cole, all of Washington; and eight grandchildren.

Philip Low Bridgham

CIA China Specialist

Philip Low Bridgham, 81, a China specialist for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1952 until retiring in 1984, died Jan. 4 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. He had pneumonia and osteoporosis.

Mr. Bridgham, who had lived in Rockville since 1952, was a native of Mount Vernon, Iowa. He was a history graduate of Grinnell College and received master's and doctoral degrees in international relations from Tufts University.

During World War II, he served as a Navy intelligence officer. He interrogated Japanese prisoners of war in California and translated captured enemy documents while stationed in the Pacific.

He taught at the University of Hawaii and Dickinson College before joining the CIA, where he was among the first agency intelligence analysts to publicly publish articles concerning China's domestic policy.

In the 1980s and 1990s, he taught Japanese studies at the Institute for Learning in Retirement, a program affiliated with American University. He was a member of Rockville Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Bridgham of Rockville; a son, Timothy, of Powell, Ohio; a daughter, Amy Kamble of Derwood; and two grandchildren.

Robert Emmett Crowe

Army Colonel

Robert Emmett Crowe, 84, a retired Army colonel and supply officer, died Dec. 26 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Col. Crowe was a native of Harrison, N.J., and a graduate of Seton Hall University. He received a master's degree in business administration from Northwestern University.

He served in the Army from 1941 to 1970, in Quartermaster Corps posts that included Europe during World War II and Vietnam. He also was assigned to Germany and Japan.

After he retired, he was a sales agent for John Hancock Insurance for 12 years.

He was a resident of Alexandria and a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Jane Ryan Crowe of Alexandria; five children, Robert Crowe Jr. of State College, Pa., Kevin Crowe of Amherst, Va., Mary Ellen Dexter of Albuquerque and Patricia Jane Crowe and Michael Crowe, both of Alexandria; and 14 grandchildren.

Helen Palmer Heiges

Hospice Volunteer

Helen Palmer Heiges, 83, a nurse who worked for physicians in Washington and was later a volunteer with the Hospice of Montgomery, died Jan. 8 at Collingwood Nursing Home in Rockville after a stroke.

Mrs. Heiges was a native of Washington Grove and a former resident of Chevy Chase. She graduated from Gaithersburg High School and the nursing school at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She worked full time for doctors in the 1940s and did part-time work thereafter.

She was a member of Washington Grove United Methodist Church.

Her husband, Dr. Harold L. Heiges, died in 1977.

Survivors include three children, Dale P. Heiges of Bethesda, Jean H. Coldiron of Monrovia and Robert D. Heiges of Pelham, N.H.; and three grandchildren.

Zemoria Lacy Davis

Note Examiner

Zemoria Lacy Davis, 84, who spent 30 years working for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and retired in 1997 as a note examiner, died Jan. 5 at Medlink Hospital and Nursing Center in Washington. She had a stroke in November.

Mrs. Davis, a Washington resident, did clerical work for the Navy and Treasury departments in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

She was a recipient of the Treasury Department's Albert Gallatin Award.

Mrs. Davis was a native of Hanover County, Va., and settled in the Washington area in 1944. She attended Roosevelt High School night classes and graduated in 1965.

Her memberships included Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, where she was active in several groups, and a Daughter of Elks chapter in Washington.

Her husband, Daniel W. Davis Sr., whom she married in 1947, died in 1972.

Survivors include three children, Daniel W. Davis Jr. of Alexandria and Zemoria McClain and Quentess Davis, both of Washington; four sisters, Melinda Winston and D. Corine Winston, both of Ashland, Va., and Minerva Bradley and Adele Johnson, both of Richmond; a brother, William Lacy of Baltimore; and three grandsons.