Carrie Louise Ruffin


Carrie Louise Ruffin, 80, a retired nurse and lifelong resident of Washington, died of cancer May 24 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y.

Ms. Ruffin was born in Edgefield, S.C., and moved to the District when she was 4. She graduated from Armstrong High School and worked at the Department of Labor during World War II.

After she completed nursing school at Margaret Murray Washington Vocational School, she worked at St. Elizabeths Hospital as a licensed practical nurse, caring for geriatric patients. She retired in 1985 after more than 32 years there.

Ms. Ruffin was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Washington, where she assisted in the nursery and served as a mentor. As a former member of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, she established and ran an after-school "Kid's House" tutorial program during the 1980s and 1990s.

Her marriage to Isaiah Ruffin ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children, Isaiah Ruffin Jr. of Oxon Hill, Dr. LuJuana Butts of Tuckahoe, N.Y., Leslie Ruffin of Hyattsville and John Lewis Ruffin of Washington; four sisters, Mary Harris of Washington, Dr. Mamie Lindo of West Virginia, Gloria Walton of Adelphi, and Eunice Shepperson of Bowie; two brothers, Harry Peterson Jr. and James Frye, both of Washington; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Lillie Rothbaum Brodofsky

Group Member, Volunteer

Lillie Rothbaum Brodofsky, 93, an area resident since 1973 who worked with Jewish organizations as a volunteer and member, died May 21 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville. She had dementia and Parkinson's disease.

Mrs. Brodofsky was former dues officer of a Silver Spring-based chapter of Na'Amat, a Jewish women's group, as well as a member of Hadassah, B'nai B'rith Women and Temple Emanuel in Kensington.

She was a former volunteer with the senior adult program of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville.

She was a New York native. She did administrative work and handled real-estate-tax issues in the Bronx for the New York City finance department before retiring in 1973.

Her husband, Harry Brodofsky, whom she married in 1935, died in 1996. A daughter, Barbara Nena Rosenberg, died in 1995.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosalind Feldman of Rockville; a sister; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Ross Pancoast

Renegotiation Board Official

Ross Pancoast, 96, who retired as an officer with the old Renegotiation Board, the independent office created to prevent profiteering on defense contracts, died of cardiac arrest May 21 at Holy Cross Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Pancoast worked for the Renegotiation Board from 1950 to 1972, when he retired as deputy director of the office of review.

He was a Baltimore native and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

Early in his career, he worked in investment banking in Baltimore.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, working in Washington, and after the war became an Army Department civilian. He worked on the renegotiation of defense contracts.

Working for the office of the chief of ordnance, he was responsible for 13 district boards that recovered more than $1 billion of excess profits from defense contractors.

He was a recipient of a decoration for exceptional public service from the secretary of the Army and the Distinguished Service Award from the Renegotiation Board.

He was a former organist at Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring and Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda. He gave recitals at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington and Georgetown Presbyterian Church. He composed "Festival Toccata" and a suite, "Through the Looking Glass," for organ.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Margaret Bailey Pancoast of Silver Spring; two children, Louise Smith of Calgary, Alberta, and Jim Pancoast of Middletown, Va.; and a granddaughter.

Emil Herbert Bauersfeld


Emil Herbert Bauersfeld, 92, an internist, died of cancer May 23 at Hospice of Washington. He lived in Chevy Chase for the past 19 years.

Dr. Bauersfeld was born in Baltimore and graduated from Western High School in 1928 and George Washington University Medical School in 1935.

He was in the U.S. Army for five years, serving in North Africa and Europe during World War II.

Dr. Bauersfeld practiced internal medicine in Washington and was a member of the Board of Veteran Appeals. He was a senior staff member of Washington Hospital Center and Sibley Memorial Hospital.

He was a member of Congressional Country Club.

His first wife, Grace Dutton Bauersfeld, died in 1956.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Ann Bauersfeld of Chevy Chase; three children, John, of Northridge, Calif., Jane Slaughter of Winter Park, Fla., and Donald, of Bethesda; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.