Robert L. Bruce

Foreign Service Officer

Robert L. Bruce, 72, a retired Foreign Service officer with the State Department, died of complications from cancer May 23 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Mr. Bruce, a resident of Springfield, was born in Holdrege, Neb., and grew up in the Long Beach, Calif., area. He served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1957 and from the American Institute for Foreign Trade in Phoenix in 1958. He was a student of African area studies at UCLA from 1967 to 1968.

He joined the Foreign Service in 1959, and his assignments included Mexico City; Accra, Ghana; and Lagos, Nigeria. He graduated from the Army War College in 1975.

He moved to Springfield in 1977 and worked at the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs until he retired in 1994.

He received several State Department honors, including a Meritorious Honor Award in 1970 for his work as country officer for Rhodesia and a Superior Honor Award in 1981 for leadership in the formulation and management of the federal security assistance budget and related programs. In 1986, he was given the John Jacob Rogers Award for his efforts to improve U.S. relations with Africa.

He was a board member of Springfield Golf and Country Club and for many years organized golf tournaments there.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Judith P. Bruce of Springfield; two children, Robert H. Bruce of Edwards, Colo., and Julie B. Armel of Winchester, Va.; a brother; and a granddaughter.

John Thomas Evans

Pepco Lineman

John Thomas Evans, 86, a retired lineman for Potomac Electric Power Co., died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease June 4 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He was an Alexandria resident.

Mr. Evans was born in Shipman, Va., and enlisted in the Army during World War II. He served as a rifleman in the infantry in Europe and earned two Bronze Stars. After his discharge in 1945, he returned to Virginia and began working for Pepco. He retired in 1980.

His wife, Colleen Evans, died in 1986.

Survivors include three sisters, Elise I. Kirby of St. Petersburg, Fla., Lillian Pearl Lloyd of Alexandria and Lucy Jane Pender of Palmyra, Va.

Akrevy Mauer

Secretary, Nutritionist

Akrevy Mauer, 81, a retired secretary and nutritionist, died of heart disease June 8 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She was a Gaithersburg resident.

Mrs. Mauer was born in Pueblo, Colo., and raised in Indiana. She received an associate's degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.

She worked for Ball Band Rubber Co. in South Bend, Ind., and the bacteriology laboratory at the University of Notre Dame as a chemist and nutritionist. She moved to the Washington area in 1956 and went to work at the National Bureau of Standards in the Commerce Department as a stenographer, a job she held for three years.

Mrs. Mauer worked at the Montgomery County Rent Supplement Office as a secretary and in 1984 moved to Cahners Exposition Group in Bethesda, where she did secretarial work for three years.

She was member of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Washington and the Bethesda YMCA.

Survivors include her husband, Floyd Andrew Mauer of Gaithersburg; two children, Paul W. Mauer of Glen Burnie and Nancy E. Mauer Yoder of Buckstown, Pa.; and a grandson.