Martha Steed Galbreath

Club Member

Martha Steed Galbreath, 86, a former Bethesda resident who was a member of civic and social organizations, died of a stroke June 3 at her home in Boyce, Va.

Mrs. Galbreath, who was born in Hickory, N.C., graduated from Maryville College in Tennessee and did graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University.

She worked as a high school biology teacher, first in Tarboro, N.C., and then in Montgomery and Prince George's counties for about 15 years until the early 1970s.

A local tennis champion, Mrs. Galbreath organized women of Washington area country clubs into teams for inter-club play in the 1950s.

She was a volunteer with the Girl Scouts and the American Heart Association; a founding member of Kenwood Country Club; and a member of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century.

She lived in Chevy Chase and then Bethesda before moving to Boyce in Clarke County about 10 years ago.

Her husband, Dr. Charles Edward Galbreath, died in 1977. They had been married 34 years.

Survivors include two children, Carol G. Flues of Boyce and Donald B. Galbreath of Cambridge, Mass.

Robert Patrick Gibson

House Post Office Supervisor

Robert Patrick Gibson, 72, former supervisor of the House of Representatives Post Office, died of pulmonary fibrosis June 7 at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida.

Mr. Gibson worked for the congressional postal service from 1955 until his retirement in 1982 and was in charge of the House operation from 1967 to 1982. He moved to Ocala, Fla., in 1988 from Riva.

He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and served in the Air Force in Alaska during the Korean War.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockville.

His marriage to Janice Holloway ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Margaret Welty of Lovettsville and Robert P. Gibson II of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Mary O'Day of Pittsburgh and Catherine Gore of Lothian; three brothers, James S. Gibson of Boise, Idaho, William Gibson of Annapolis and John Gibson of Royal Oak, Mich.; and 10 grandchildren.

Ada Biskar Stern

Mental Health Volunteer

Ada Biskar Stern, 81, who volunteered with the Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health in Arlington, died June 1 at the Rockville Nursing Home of complications of pneumonia and dementia.

She was born in Ignatovka, in present-day Ukraine, and came to the United States at the age of 3 months. She grew up in Washington, graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended the University of Wisconsin. She graduated from George Washington University in 1945 with a degree in physical education. She briefly taught physical education before marrying and raising her family.

She lived in the District until 1962 and later lived in Arlington and Rockville. Mrs. Stern enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and bridge. She was a member of Hadassah, a Jewish women's group, and a longtime congregant of Arlington-Fairfax Jewish Congregation.

Her husband of 54 years, Sidney J. Stern, died in 2002.

Survivors include a son, Neil M. Stern of Fairfax Station; two daughters, Joann S. Stern of Bethesda and Judy Stern of Sunderland, Mass.; three brothers; and four grandchildren.

William Brendan O'Neill

Army Colonel

William Brendan O'Neill, 86, a retired U.S. Army colonel and 30-year resident of Reston, died after cardiopulmonary arrest May 19 while in Rome following a Mediterranean cruise.

Col. O'Neill was born in New York City, the eldest son of Irish immigrants. He was a graduate of Fordham University in 1940.

His military career spanned 35 years. During World War II, he served in England and North Africa. His later assignments were throughout the United States and in Italy and Greece. He was a graduate of the Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., and was fluent in Greek.

Following his military retirement in 1975, Col. O'Neill established a second career as an antiquarian book dealer out of his home, specializing in Greece and the Middle East. Col. O'Neill also was a world traveler who owned a wide collection of Baedeker travel books and was always in search of additions, scarce as they might be. He never stopped planning his next trip and enjoyed annual visits to England, where he sought old and rare books.

His wife of 50 years, Katie O'Neill, died in 1994.

Survivors include three children, William O'Neill of Reston, Charles O'Neill of Duluth, Minn., and Ellen O'Neill of Buchanan, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Raymond E. Schucker

FDA Market Researcher

Raymond E. Schucker, 73, former director of the Division of Market Studies at the Food and Drug Administration, died June 8 of lung cancer at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was a resident of Washington and Oxford.

Dr. Schucker, who spent his life in market research for grocery products, directed the FDA research that led to the design of the nutrition facts food labels.

He often grocery shopped for his family, and he always read the nutrition labels, said his wife of 43 years, Beth Schucker. He considered his work of testing nutrition labels to be the capstone of his career. His office "tried to take very complicated nutritional information and make it as easy as possible to understand," she said.

Dr. Schucker was born in Altoona, Pa., and received a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University. He received a doctoral degree in psychology from Purdue University in 1959. As a lieutenant in the Navy during the Korean War, he served on the aircraft carrier USS Princeton.

After his discharge, he began his marketing research career at M&M/MARS in Hackettstown, N.J. He then went to Pillsbury Co. in Minneapolis, and finally to the FDA in Washington, from 1977 to 1997.

In 1997, Dr. Schucker retired to Oxford, where he served on the boards of the Oxford Community Center and the Tred Avon Players, and pursued his passions for jazz piano, woodworking and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, of Oxford; three daughters, Karyn Healey of Sewickley, Pa., Kristin Koenders of Munich and Rachel Dokholyan of Carrboro, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.

Solomon Papperman

Civil Service Commission Official

Solomon Papperman, 86, who worked for the Civil Service Commission from 1936 to 1974 and retired as associate director of the retirement and insurance bureau, died June 7 at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Sandy Spring. He had pneumonia.

Mr. Papperman had a role in drafting amendments to the Civil Service Retirement Act and in other key committees and policies that affected health benefits.

His honors included the Civil Service Commissioners' award for distinguished service.

He was a New York native and a graduate of City College of New York and Columbus Law School, which is now part of Catholic University. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He lived at Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Grosnas Papperman, whom he married in 1941, of Leisure World; two daughters, Roberta Kovalsky of Silver Spring and Mindy Van Ry of Annapolis; a sister; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.