Ingrid Oberle Bodde

Volunteer and Ambassador's Wife

Ingrid Oberle Bodde, 75, a Red Cross and hospital volunteer who accompanied her husband to ambassadorships in Fiji and the Marshall Islands, died of a stroke Feb. 12 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Chevy Chase.

She was a translator in her native Worms, Germany, before her marriage to William Bodde Jr. in 1954. They lived in Huntington, N.Y., until 1961, and then moved to Washington. She accompanied him to postings in Vienna, Stockholm, Berlin, Frankfurt and Singapore, where he was ambassador to the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Mrs. Bodde volunteered in the shock trauma center at Suburban Hospital.

Her marriage to Hans Henning Gropp ended in divorce.

In addition to her husband, of Chevy Chase, survivors include a daughter from her first marriage who was adopted by William Bodde, Barbara Lochte of Germantown; two sons from her second marriage, Peter Bodde, a Foreign Service officer in Frankfurt, and Christopher Bodde, a Foreign Service officer in Panama; and four grandchildren.

Earl W. Rubright

Defense Science Adviser

Earl W. Rubright, 60, an influential intellectual and a self-described "shifty-eyed science adviser" for defense agencies from the early 1970s until he retired in 2002, died Feb. 6.

He had a heart attack at the helm of his yacht just outside the Panama Canal at the beginning of what would have been a five-year, around-the-world journey.

He had been a senior vice president and member of the board of directors for the McLean-based Institute for Physical Sciences since 2002.

Mr. Rubright lived in Washington from 1979 to 1990, when he moved to Florida. He also maintained a residence in Washington.

He was a quiet insider in defense intellectual circles, eagerly promoting unusual new ideas but shunning the public spotlight.

Mr. Rubright, a native of Salt Lake City, received a bachelor's degree in history from Westminster College in Utah and a master's degree in special education from Utah State University. He took graduate courses at the University of Virginia.

He served in the Army from 1967 to 1973 and attained the rank of major. He served in the Army Reserve until the 1980s.

He was an intelligence officer in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and commanded a surveillance brigade. His combat experience informed the rest of his career, when he often butted heads with top brass in his effort to protect troops. Mr. Rubright also was an instructor at various Army schools.

In the late 1970s, he was an analyst for the National Security Agency.

Throughout the 1980s, he was an analyst for defense agencies, including the Operational Test Evaluation Agency, the Army Laboratory Command and the Defense Nuclear Agency. At the latter, he was a member of the start-up team for the Strategic Defense Initiative Office for the so-called "Star Wars" antiballistic missile defense system.

From 1990 to 2002, he was the science and technology adviser for the U.S. Central Command, appointed by Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf.

While there, he played a key role in the investigation into the Battle of Mogadishu, the deadly 1993 engagement in Somalia. He highlighted the benefits of body armor in that incident and later was a key advocate for its use by all combat troops.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Sharon Rubright, and a daughter, Rebecca Rubright, both of Apollo Beach, Fla.; a son, Richard, of Washington; a brother; and a sister.

Albert H. Tillson


Albert H. Tillson, 92, an analyst for the Drug Enforcement Administration and its predecessor agencies from 1968 until he retired in 1978, died of heart and lung ailments Feb. 13 at Northern Virginia Community Hospital in Arlington.

He was born in Washington and was reared in and lived in Arlington.

Dr. Tillson was a graduate in the late 1920s of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington.

He received a bachelor's degree in biology from the College of Wooster in Ohio and received a master's degree and a doctorate, both in botany and both from the University of Maryland.

During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard destroyer escorts in the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic. He attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

He was a botanist for the Agriculture Department from 1938 to 1947.

From 1947 to 1968, he was an analyst for the Food and Drug Administration.

At the DEA, he helped develop an important technique used by law enforcement officials to identify a pill by its processing-machine stamp.

Dr. Tillson was a scoutmaster for an Arlington Boy Scout troop.

He was a member of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Louise Bragg Tillson of Arlington; two sons, Albert Jr., of Tampa, and James, of New York; a daughter, Jane Brothers of Arlington; and five grandchildren.

Rose F. Sansone

Hecht's Manager

Rose F. Sansone, 93, who retired in the mid-1970s as linens department manager at the Silver Spring Hecht Co. store, died Feb. 13 at the Glade Valley Nursing Home in Walkersville of complications from a fractured hip. Her home was in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Sansone was a native of Fairfield, Conn., who moved to Washington in 1933. She worked at the main Woodward & Lothrop store before joining Hecht's in 1950.

Mrs. Sansone and her family were among the first residents of the government-sponsored cooperative housing development in Greenbelt, where she was a founding member of St. Hugh's Catholic Church. After moving to Wheaton in 1950, she helped found St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church and was a member of its Sodality. She also donated crocheted items to church auctions.

Her husband, Alfred A. Sansone, died in 1963.

Survivors include two children, Marie A. D'Aiuto of Silver Spring and Alfred G. Sansone of Walkersville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.