Alice Thayer Stafford

Springfield Kindergarten Teacher

Alice Kathryn Thayer Stafford, 74, who taught kindergarten at Hunt Valley Elementary School in Springfield from 1968 to 1990, died Jan. 10 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She had sepsis.

Mrs. Stafford, a Springfield resident, was a native of Grafton, W.Va., and a graduate of West Virginia University.

She accompanied her husband on his Associated Press assignments in West Virginia, Maryland, New York and Florida before settling in the Washington area in 1966.

She was a member of Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield and volunteer coordinator of its ministry that delivered meals to the sick and bereaved.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Charles Lee Stafford of Springfield, a retired Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington correspondent for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times; three children, Charles Lincoln Stafford of Bedford, N.Y., and Michael F. Stafford and Kathryn L. Benton, both of Springfield; a sister; and nine grandchildren.

James B. Kottemann

Chemical Analyst

James B. Kottemann, 76, a chemical analyst and a retired official of the Food and Drug Administration, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 9 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Kottemann started his 30-year FDA career as a chemical analyst. He retired in 1988 as deputy director of pharmaceutical chemistry in the FDA's drugs division, supervising clinical trials of foods and drugs before the products could be marketed.

He was born in Memphis. He graduated with a degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois and served in the Army during World War II.

Before moving to the Washington area in 1958, he worked in Chicago as a senior chemical analyst for Armour Corp. and the American Medical Association.

He sang with the Alexandria Performing Arts Chorale and with the choir at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, where he was a member. He also was a member of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary, the hospital's board of ethics and the Association of Official Analytical Chemists.

His wife, Christine McNeil Kottemann, died in 1984 after 20 years of marriage.

Survivors include a son, Gregory C. Kottemann of Alexandria; and a brother.

Charles L. Wright


Charles L. Wright, 57, a senior economist and transportation specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank who directed projects to streamline transportation services in Latin American cities, died of cancer Jan. 9 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Dr. Wright worked for the bank for the past 10 years and wrote or edited many of the bank's series of books and technical papers on urban transportation and traffic safety. Among his books is "Fast Wheels, Slow Traffic: Urban Transport Choices."

Earlier, he was a senior economist of the Brazilian Transportation Planning Agency and an associate professor of economics at the University of Brasilia, Brazil.

He came to Washington in 1992 to serve as a consultant to the National Ports and Waterways Institute in Washington.

Dr. Wright, a Rockville resident, was a native of Marcellus, Mich., and a history graduate of the University of Michigan. He received a master's degree in economics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a doctorate in economics from Ohio State University.

In 1990, he was an economics fellow at the University of Michigan.

He was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Potomac.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Maria da Gloria M. Wright of Potomac; four children, Denison M. and Alan M., both of Rockville, and Marcelo M. and Elisson M., both of New York; his mother, Genevieve Elizabeth Wright of Marcellus; two brothers; and a sister.

Charles G. Oursler Sr.

Farmer, USDA Employee

Charles Gibson Oursler Sr., 83, who ran his family's dairy farm in Spencerville and tested pesticides for the Agriculture Department from the late 1940s to 1964, died of complications from cancer Jan. 9 at a hospital in Atlantis, Fla. He had homes in Ashton, Md., and Lantana, Fla.

Mr. Oursler, a native of Spencerville, was a graduate of Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring and attended the University of Maryland.

He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II. His decorations included the Purple Heart.

In 1964, he and his wife bought a dairy farm in Harris, N.C. They lived there for more than 30 years.

His memberships included the American Legion.

His wife, Naomi Fraley Oursler, whom he married in 1947, died in 1995.

Survivors include his companion since 1996, Audrey Hobbs of Ashton and Lantana; two children from his marriage, Charles Oursler Jr. of Chesnee, S.C., and Katherine Gallager of Harris; an adopted son from the marriage, Wayne Hungerford of Fortson, Ga.; four stepchildren, Naomi Creamer of Silver Spring, Bonita Linton of Burtonsville, Brian Barber of Dutch John, Utah, and Barbara Spencer of Harris; a sister, Anna Ellen of Burtonsville; and 20 grandchildren.