Frank Wharton Gaines Jr.

Antitrust Lawyer

Frank Wharton Gaines Jr., 88, an associate general counsel for Westinghouse Electric Corp. for 25 years who later founded the Washington office of a law firm, died of renal failure April 18 at his home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Mr. Gaines supervised a large staff of lawyers in New York and Pittsburgh for Westinghouse, which he joined in 1952. In 1975, he received the Order of Merit, the company's highest award.

He joined the New York law firm Olwine, Connelly, Chase, O'Donnell & Weyher as a partner in 1977 and founded its Washington office. He retired from the practice of law in 1990 and relocated to Ponte Vedra Beach.

Mr. Gaines was a native of Selma, Ala., and a 1935 graduate of Sewanee, the University of the South, in Tennessee. He was a 1940 graduate of George Washington University's law school.

He began his legal career in the antitrust division of the Justice Department under Thurman Arnold. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces and was assigned to the judge advocate general's corps in Siena, Italy.

After military service, he returned to the Justice Department, leaving in 1948 to become litigating partner in the Washington firm of Powell, Lear & Gaines.

He lived in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty Lou Burnett Gaines of Ponte Vedra Beach; three children, Edward Burnett Gaines of Jacksonville, Fla., Frank Ward Gaines of Takoma Park and Elizabeth Gaines Crosby of Atlanta; and four grandchildren.

Margaret Zella Wright


Margaret Zella Wright, 94, a secretary who worked for a laboratory, a hospital, a police department, a church, a city agency and a school over her 45-year career, died of pneumonia May 11 at the Sunrise assisted-living center in Warrenton, where she lived.

Mrs. Wright, a 53-year resident of Alexandria, was born in Pittsburgh and went to work immediately after high school in the 1930s at Pittsburgh's Federal Laboratories.

The country was in the throes of the Depression, and like her future husband, she found herself as the sole supporter of her family, Mrs. Wright's daughter said, because no others could find work. That experience led both Mrs. Wright and her husband to speak to history classes at Alexandria's T.C. Williams High School decades later about the personal impact of the Depression.

"She certainly enjoyed being in the workplace, and she enjoyed the independence that came from that," said the daughter, Marilyn June Batty of Alexandria. "Her mother was a homemaker and had been poor. That probably motivated her a great deal."

Mrs. Wright moved to Alexandria in 1948 and became a clerk and electrocardiogram technician at Alexandria Hospital. Within two years, she became secretary to the chief of police in Alexandria. She began doing administrative work for First Baptist Church in Alexandria, of which she was a member, in 1960. Among her duties was typing Braille copies of books for the blind.

In 1961, Mrs. Wright moved to the D.C. Department of Corrections, where she was a secretary in the office that helped rehabilitate released offenders. She became secretary to the principal at Minnie Howard Junior High School in Alexandria in 1965 and held that job until her retirement in 1975.

She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Alexandria.

Her husband of 68 years, Arthur T. Wright, died in February.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a granddaughter.

Paul Brace

HUD Urban Planner

Paul Brace, 80, an urban planner for the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1968 to 1994, died of cancer May 19 at the Washington Hospice. He was a Washington resident.

While at HUD, Mr. Brace worked on the "new communities" program, an attempt to stem suburban sprawl and promote economic and racial integration in housing. He also worked on environmental research; policy development and research; and community planning and development.

In the early 1970s, he worked in Paris on a bilateral U.S.- French program for new communities, serving as the U.S. Embassy's urban affairs attache. While stationed in France, he wrote the "Glossary of the Environment" in English, French and German for the Conseil International de la Langue Francaise and co-wrote the "Vocabulaire de l'Environment" for the Academie Francaise.

Mr. Brace was born in Paris to an American father and French mother. He served in the French army after the liberation of Paris from the Germans. He came to the United States in 1947.

He was a landscape architecture graduate of the University of Michigan, where he also received a master's degree in regional planning.

Early in his career, he was a planner in New Rochelle, N.Y., then became the first planning director of California's El Dorado County. In Sacramento, he was assistant to the director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation and regional planner for a mutual planning program between California and Chile. During his career and in retirement, he was a consultant and adviser to organizations and governments internationally.

He settled in the Washington area in 1967 and worked briefly at the Interior Department, where he co-wrote "From Sea to Shining Sea," a report on the American environment presented to President Lyndon B. Johnson.

His memberships included the Association des Anciens Combattants Francais, a French veterans organization.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Judith Brace of Washington; three children, Anne Brace of Los Angeles, Alan Brace of Mount Airy and Eric Brace of Nashville; and two grandchildren.