Jesse William Pinkerton


Jesse William Pinkerton, a retired D.C. firefighter, died of cardiac arrest at Prince George's Hospital Center on his 78th birthday, April 8. He had Parkinson's disease and was hospitalized after choking on food.

Mr. Pinkerton was born in Hamilton, Ohio, and served in the Navy for nine years in the late 1940s and early 1950s. After the Navy, he joined the D.C. Fire Department, where he served 21 years before retiring in 1976.

In retirement, he moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Thirteen years ago, he returned to the Washington area and settled in Annapolis.

His marriage to Kathryn Pinkerton ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Michael W. Pinkerton of Arlington and Vickie L. Blankinship of Annapolis; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Richard E. Browning


Richard E. "Rick" Browning, 54, a former Washington area resident who was an economist specializing in the oil and gas industry, died March 23 at his home in Houston after a heart attack.

Mr. Browning was born in Winchester, Va., and raised in Warrenton. He graduated from Fauquier County High School and Virginia Tech, where he also received a master's degree in education. He received a doctorate in economics from Georgetown University. He served in the Army Reserve from 1971 to 1977.

He began his career in Washington in 1976 as a research assistant at the World Bank. Also in the mid-1970s, he was on the staff of the president's Council of Economic Advisers.

He was assistant director of economic policy studies for the American Enterprise Institute from 1978 to 1980.

He worked overseas before returning to Washington in 1992 as senior manager in the energy division of International Resources Group. He spent two years with CC Pace Resources, an international energy consulting firm in Fairfax, before moving to Houston in 1999 to work for Arthur Andersen as director of its economic consulting service.

About a year ago, he joined the Houston office of Washington-based Law & Economics Consulting Group as managing director of its global oil and gas division.

Survivors include his wife, Marian Browning, and two children, Anya and Slava, all of Houston; his mother, Ellice A. Browning of Manassas; and two brothers.

Edith J. Jones

Computer Analyst

Edith J. Jones, 92, a Labor Department computer analyst who retired in 1973 after 32 years with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, died of congestive heart failure April 3 at Doctors Community Hospital. She had lived in Washington since 1941.

Mrs. Jones was a native of McKeesport, Pa., and a graduate of West Virginia State University. She did graduate work in education at the University of Pittsburgh. As a young woman, she taught English in several Virginia communities, including Charlottesville.

She was a member for more than 60 years of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, where she participated in the Food Pantry operation, Women's Association, Herculean Club Players, March Calendar Club and Lenten Sector Study Group. She was vice president of the Moles social group and a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and the Upper Northwest Community Group. Her interests included bridge.

Her husband of 44 years, Ernest W. Jones, died in 1987.

There are no immediate survivors.

Harold F. Hargett

Farmer and Roofer

Harold F. Hargett, 97, who had raised livestock on his Clarksburg farm since the 1940s and who retired at age 89 as vice president of Jack's Roofing Co., died of pneumonia April 10 at Montgomery Village Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Hargett was born on his family's farm in Boyds. On his own farm, he raised sheep, cattle and horses. He was active for much of his life with the Montgomery County Agricultural Center and was a director of the Montgomery Farm Bureau, the Maryland Simmental Association and Suburban Trust Co. He volunteered with the Montgomery County Living Historic Farm and the Maryland 4-H.

As a young man, Mr. Hargett operated a welding business and worked for General Motors in Detroit, Sloan's Auction Gallery in Washington, at the Occoquan Quarry and for Warren F. Brenizer General Contracting.

He was with Jack's Roofing for more than 50 years. On his vacation travels around the world, he liked to take pictures of roofs. He also collected cow bells and roofing tools.

He was a member of Neelsville Presbyterian Church in Germantown.

His wife, Eugenia Warfield Hargett, died in 1963.

Survivors include a sister, Margaret E. Hargett of Rockville.