Elmo Daniel Phillips Jr.
Air Force Pilot
Elmo Daniel Phillips Jr., 59, an Air Force pilot who retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1988, died of multiple myeloma March 20 at home in Springfield.
Col. Phillips served 22 years in the Air Force, including tours of duty in Thailand, Alaska and Hampton, Va. During the Vietnam War, he flew fighter aircraft over North Vietnam.
He was born in Washington and attended Warren County High School in Front Royal, Va. He graduated from the Citadel in 1966 and immediately began his Air Force career. He received a master's degree in business administration at Central Michigan University.
His military decorations included a Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with five Silver and three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, and an Air Force Commendation Medal.
In retirement, Col. Phillips was a senior defense contractor for Anteon Corp. in Crystal City.
He was a Civil War enthusiast and historian, and a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairfax.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Carolyn Janice Phillips of Springfield; two children, Steven Daniel Phillips of Lorton and Susan Janice Phillips-Smith of San Diego; a sister, Carol P. Solomon of Reston; and three grandchildren.
Walter L. O'Brien
Walter L. O'Brien, 79, a Central Intelligence Agency operations officer who retired in 1979 after 32 years with the agency, died March 24 at Reston Hospital after a stroke.
Mr. O'Brien joined the CIA in 1949 and was posted in Zurich, Vienna and West Berlin during his career. He was instrumental in building an underground tunnel connecting West Berlin with the Soviet-controlled East Berlin.
His assignments in Washington included service as chief of the Foreign Resources division and chief of the International Activities division.
A resident of Herndon, Mr. O'Brien was born in Oak Park, Ill., and graduated from the University of Illinois. He received a law degree from the University of Wisconsin.
During World War II, he served in the Army as an intelligence officer in Europe.
His marriage to B. Lou O'Brien ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Worthen O'Brien of Herndon; two children from his first marriage, Michele Rouse of Arlington and Dr. Michael O'Brien of Fredericksburg; a sister; and two granddaughters.
Eugene Laurence Eabon
Human Resources Office Manager
Eugene Laurence Eabon, 46, who retired on medical disability in 2001 after 16 years as an administrative assistant and office manager at Montgomery County's office of human resources, died of brain cancer March 25 at Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockville.
Mr. Eabon, who lived in Rockville, compiled employment-opportunity bulletins, prepared personnel examinations and coordinated other administrative support services for human resource specialists.
Mr. Eabon was born in Cleveland and raised in Davenport, Iowa, and Silver Spring. Deaf since birth, he originally was educated in oral communication. He mastered sign language while attending the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington. He graduated from Gallaudet University in 1984 with a degree in fine arts.
He enjoyed art, especially watercolor painting and wood sculpture. In 1983, he worked as a graphic artist for the Security and Exchange Commission.
He was a former member of St. Jude's Catholic Church and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, both in Rockville.
Survivors include his parents, Armida and Laurence Eabon of Derwood; and a sister, Dr. Michelle Eabon of Fairfax.
Robert S. 'Buddy' St. John Jr.
Navy Department Electrician
Robert Samuel "Buddy" St. John Jr., 65, a civilian electrician for the Navy Department from 1968 to 1994 who did work for its public works department, died March 26 at a hospital in Georgetown, S.C., after a heart attack.
Mr. St. John was born in Farmville, Va., and served in the Marine Corps in the mid-1950s. He did construction work in the Washington area before joining the Navy Department.
He was a Falls Church resident before he moved to Georgetown, S.C., in 1998.
He was a former member of Crossman United Methodist Church in Falls Church.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Himelright St. John, whom he married in 1964, of Georgetown; and his mother, Myrtle Hockman, and a sister, Nancy C. Talley, both of Woodstock, Va.