Robert Johnson Caviness

Real Estate Broker, Navy Pilot

Robert Johnson Caviness, 65, a commercial real estate broker and former Navy pilot, died May 16 at his home in Washington of Lewy body dementia, a neurodegenerative disorder.

He was born in Washington and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He attended the Bullis School in Potomac one year before being appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1961. After flying reconnaissance missions in Vietnam, Mr. Caviness left the Navy with the rank of lieutenant.

In 1965, he moved to Puerto Rico, where he ran a guest house in San Juan with his wife. Returning to the United States in 1976, he owned an ice cream franchise in Charleston, S.C., for several years and entered real estate.

Mr. Caviness returned to Washington in 1985, where he worked in commercial real estate at several firms, including his own.

A dedicated runner, he participated in the Marine Corps Marathon and the annual 10-mile run on George Washington Parkway. He was also a painter, sculptor, collector of coins and art, amateur inventor and devoted fan of the Washington Redskins.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Marisa Jimenez Caviness of Washington; two daughters, Kimberly Caviness of Washington and Hillary Caviness of Los Angeles; his mother, Bernadine Caviness of Clearwater, Fla.; a sister; and a brother.