Edward Halpern


Edward Halpern, 60, a periodontist who had practiced in suburban Maryland since the 1970s, died of a heart attack Jan. 25 at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago, after collapsing on a flight from Washington to Chicago. He was a resident of California, Md., and Potomac and was en route to Colorado to go skiing.

Dr. Halpern was born in Washington and raised in Chevy Chase. He was a graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He received a degree in dental surgery from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in periodontics from Georgetown University. He served in the Army Dental Corps.

He had an office in Rockville, in the red brick Rockville Academy building at South Adams and West Jefferson streets. He had restored the Queen Anne-style building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. He also practiced in Lexington Park and previously had offices in Laurel and Frederick.

Dr. Halpern taught dentistry at the University of Maryland and Georgetown University and was founder and president of the Rockville Dental Study Club. He also was a member of the American College of Oral Implantology and the American Board of Periodontology.

He volunteered with the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington and was formerly a member of Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase. He belonged to Woodmont Country Club. In addition to skiing, his interests included golf, tennis and boating.

Survivors include his wife, Lana Kolker Halpern, a Bethesda resident from whom he was separated; his companion, Julie Gore of California, Md.; two daughters, Jolie Markus of Bethesda and Dr. Jennifer Morrison of Hollywood, Fla.; his mother, Marion Halpern of Bethesda and Delray Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Phyllis Wolff of Potomac and Marlene Ashendorf of Fulton; and three grandchildren.

Chris Argyropoulos

Milling Company Executive

Chris Argyropoulos, 86, who worked for Wilkins-Rogers Milling Co. from 1946 to 1991 and retired as a senior vice president and board member, died Jan. 27 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had pneumonia.

Mr. Argyropoulos, a Washington resident, was born in Montreal and grew up in Nebraska and the District, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School. He was an accounting graduate of Ben Franklin University.

He served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II.

He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Senador Argyropoulos of Washington, whom he married in 1944; two brothers, James Argyropoulos of Vero Beach, Fla., and Nicholas Argyropoulos of Kensington; and four grandchildren.

A daughter, Christina Coroneos, died in 1993.

Margaret Lahey Pisapia

Bank Teller

Margaret Lahey Pisapia, 97, a bank teller who retired in 1971 as head teller at the Shepherd Park branch of the National Bank of Washington, died of pneumonia Jan. 22 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mrs. Pisapia, a resident of Silver Spring, was born in Washington. As a young woman, she worked at the old Lansburgh's department store in the District, the Veterans Administration and the Hecht's store in Silver Spring.

She joined National Bank of Washington as a teller in 1950 and remained there until retirement.

She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Her husband of 53 years, Louis Pisapia, died in 1980.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Patschak of Silver Spring; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Helen St. Armour Palmer

Grants Assistant

Helen St. Armour Palmer, 96, who during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was a grants technical assistant at the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health, died of pneumonia Jan. 24 at Epoch Health Center in Brewster, Mass.

Mrs. Palmer was born in Walhalla, N.D. She attended the Universities of Washington and Oregon.

In 1938, she moved to the Washington area.

She was an avid bridge player and a life master of the American Contract Bridge League.

She was a member of First Church of Christ Scientist in Chevy Chase and the Kenwood Golf and Country Club. She played tennis.

She was a former resident of Bethesda. She moved to South Yarmouth, Mass., in 1992.

Her husband, Burton E. Palmer, died in 1947.

Survivors include two children, Joan Palmer of Bethesda and Donald B. Palmer of Centerville, Mass.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Thomas N. Richman

Business Journalist

Thomas N. Richman, 60, an Alexandria native who was Washington bureau chief for Inc. magazine in the late 1980s, died of cancer Jan. 27 at the Hospice of the Chesapeake in Linthicum.

He had lived in Amsterdam since the late 1990s but became ill this month while on a sailing cruise and was taken from Puerto Rico to the hospice.

Mr. Richman was a 1960 graduate of George Washington High School in Alexandria.

He was a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served two tours of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

He later received a master's degree in journalism from Boston University.

Mr. Richman later worked for New Hampshire Public Television and was a contributing editor for the Harvard Business Review.

His marriage to Teddi Richman ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion of 14 years, Robert Nicoson of Amsterdam; two children from his marriage, Stephanie P. Richman of Arlington and Philip of New York; a stepdaughter, Sarah Nicoson of Washington; and a brother, John of Severna Park.

Richard Brown Ruddle

Gas Station Owner

Richard Brown Ruddle, 84, who owned and operated a Gulf Oil gas station on Adams Mill Road in Northwest Washington for more than 30 years until retiring in 1979, died Jan. 2 at his home in Springfield. He had heart disease.

Mr. Ruddle was born in Franklin, W.Va., and served in the Army in Europe and the Pacific during World War II.

He was a Mason.

His wife of 56 years, Virginia Shumate Ruddle, died in November 2002.

Survivors include four children, Richard D. Ruddle of Pataskala, Ohio, Patti Hamilton of Springfield, Bobbi Michalowski of Ashburn and Wendy Steward of Virginia Beach; two brothers, Max Ruddle of Atlanta and Joe Reed Ruddle of Annapolis; three sisters, Kitty Hammer of Franklin, Ruth Dolly of Waco, Tex., and Betty Heavner of Harrisonburg, Va.; and nine grandchildren.