Edward Thomas 'Tom' Pinch

Foreign Service Officer

Edward Thomas "Tom" Pinch, 76, a retired Foreign Service officer who spent most of his career stationed in South Asia, died of cancer May 1 at his son's home in Middletown, Conn.

Mr. Pinch was born in Washington and raised in Cedar Key, Fla. He was a graduate of George Washington University.

He began his career at the State Department in 1949. He was mainly an information officer whose overseas postings took him to Karachi, Bombay, Lucknow and New Dehli.

After retiring in 1980, he moved to Berkeley, Calif., where he worked as an escort officer and interpreter for the International Visitor Program of the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He later settled in Naples, Fla.

His wife of 44 years, Anita, died in 1996.

Survivors include his wife of six years, Maria Carroll Pinch, of Naples; five children from his first marriage, Thomas Pinch of Mountain View, Calif., Kathleen Pinch O'Donohue of Manassas, William Pinch of Middletown, Michael Pinch of Albuquerque and Anthony Pinch of Oakland, Calif.; and 10 grandchildren.

Robert Brown Suddith

Auto Dealer

Robert Brown Suddith, 72, the owner of a Hagerstown, Md., car dealership who also was active in industry organizations, died of cancer May 26 at his home in Gaithersburg.

Mr. Suddith had owned Hoffman Automotive since 1984. He was a former president of the Maryland New Car and Truck Dealers' Association and former Maryland state director of the National Automobile Dealers Association.

In 1997, he was given Time magazine's quality dealer award for the state of Maryland.

Mr. Suddith was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Coolidge High School and Montgomery College. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1956.

As a young man, he spent his summers working at a Chevy Chase Chevrolet dealership co-founded by his father. He later owned and operated Executive Pontiac in Baltimore for about 10 years until he developed health problems in 1979.

In 2001, he established "Uncle Sam's Workshop," a charitable organization to benefit the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Shelly L. Suddith of Gaithersburg; five children, Eric Suddith and Michael Suddith, both of Gaithersburg, and Debora Zayas, James Suddith and Jennifer Stahl, all of Hagerstown; two sisters; and 17 grandchildren.

Esther Rosinsky Karpman

Executive Secretary

Esther Rosinsky Karpman, 83, an executive secretary with several local firms for 20 years, died May 29 of renal failure at Holy Cross Rehabilitation and Nursing home in Burtonsville.

Mrs. Karpman retired in 1985 after working as executive secretary for several years at the main branch of Riggs Bank in Washington. Earlier, she had been an executive secretary at Graham, Van Leer & Elmore, a Washington construction firm, and for Formica, in Silver Spring.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved with her family to Laurel in 1950. After retiring in 1985, she lived in Florida for 13 years before returning to Laurel.

In Laurel, she had been a Girl Scout leader and was a member of the women's auxiliary of the Moose lodge.

Her husband of 28 years, Julius "Jay" Karpman, died in 1966.

Her marriage to Sol Brunner ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Donniel B. Karpman and Ethelynne "Ettie" Karpman, both of Laurel; a sister; two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.