The obituary of Charles V. Belt, published Jan. 25, incorrectly reported his middle initial. (Published 1/26/03)
Charles E. 'Buck' Conrad
Colonel and Educator
Charles E. "Buck" Conrad, 81, an Army colonel who in retirement taught business courses in the University College division of the University of Maryland, died of leukemia Jan. 11 at home in Alexandria.
Col. Conrad was born in Baltimore. He began his 30-year Army career in 1944 and served in the Pacific during World War II. Later, he served in Korea and Vietnam during the wars there and in Germany and France. For most of his Army career, he was a personnel and logistics officer. He served 10 years in the Washington area, including duty in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He graduated from the University of Maryland and received a master's degree in business management from Babson College and a second master's, in international relations, from George Washington University. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Naval War College.
He retired from the Army in 1974. His military decorations included the Legion of Merit with oak-leaf cluster and a Bronze Star with oak-leaf cluster.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Evelyn Conrad of Alexandria; two children, Karlene Conrad of Alexandria and Cynthia Schafer of Annandale; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Anna Elizabeth "Lib" Edmiston
Anna Elizabeth "Lib" Edmiston, 91, a systems analyst who retired from the Federal Communications Commission in 1971, died Jan. 6 at the Sunrise care center in Sterling.
Mrs. Edmiston was born in Brunswick, Md., and grew up in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. She moved to the Washington area 73 years ago and was a longtime resident of Arlington.
She began her career with the FCC in 1944 as a secretary and later became a systems analyst.
During World War II, she was a Red Cross volunteer. In retirement, she was a volunteer for the National Orthopedic Hospital in Arlington.
She was a founding member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Arlington. Her avocations included playing bridge. She was a seamstress and an accomplished cook.
Her husband, Charles Bernard Edmiston, died in 1976.
Survivors include three children, Mary Edmiston Bostwick of Oakton, Margaret Edmiston Shultz of Arlington and William Bernard Edmiston of Huntsville, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.
Charles B. Belt
Charles B. Belt, 82, an intelligence officer who retired from the Central Intelligence Agency 30 years ago, died Jan. 18 at his home in Leisure World in Silver Spring. He had a heart ailment and the flu.
Mr. Belt was born in Washington. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and George Washington University. He served in the Army Air Forces in China during World War II and began his CIA career after the war. His duty stations included Taiwan, Colombia and Venezuela.
After the 1988 presidential election, he was a security officer with the George H.W. Bush transition team.
He was president of United Methodist Men, a member of the choir at North Bethesda United Methodist Church and a security officer with citizens associations in the Luxmanor area of Rockville.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Betty Belt of Leisure World; three children, Bobbi Etchison of Gaithersburg, Susan Belt of Fairfax and Debbie Plavnieks of Fairfax; a sister, Dorothy Napoli of Leisure World; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A son, Alan Belt, died in 1966.
James 'Jimmy' Thomson
James A. "Jimmy" Thomson, 90, a retired life insurance salesman and office manager of Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Washington, died Jan. 3 at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Thomson began his career with Acacia Mutual in 1930 and retired in 1991. He had been a longtime resident of Alexandria and moved to Charlottesville on retirement.
He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1921. His family settled in Arlington, where he graduated from George Mason High School. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1927.
During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and participated in the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
He was an avid golfer and a member of Belle Haven Country Club and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria.
His wife, Mary Thomas Rawls Thomson, died in 2001.
Survivors include two children, J. Anderson Thomson of Charlottesville and Ruth G. Thomson of Alexandria; a brother, Gordon C. Thomson of Alexandria; and two grandchildren.
Binoy Krishna Goswami
Vedanta Center Member
Binoy Krishna Goswami, 88, a native of India who moved to the Washington area in 1984 and was a member of the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, a spiritual center in Silver Spring, died Dec. 27 at Holy Cross Hospital. He had a brain hemorrhage.
Dr. Goswami, a Silver Spring resident, was former medical superintendent of the Assam Railways and Trading Co. in northeast India.
His wife, Mahamaya Goswami, died in 1964.
Survivors include two daughters, Shukla Chakrabarty and Krishna Mukherjee, both of Silver Spring; and three grandchildren.