John 'Jack' Joseph Shank
Real Estate Appraiser
John "Jack" Joseph Shank, 79, a retired real estate appraiser, died June 18 after a stroke at the Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home in Boonesboro, where he lived. He also had Alzheimer's disease.
Born in Bridgeport, Pa., Mr. Shank served in the Army infantry in Europe during World War II. He was a 1949 graduate of Temple University.
He started as a right-of-way agent for a major utility company and in the 1960s joined Montgomery County, where he became chief of right-of-way acquisition for the county. He then became a self-employed real estate appraiser, consultant and expert witness for court matters, and continued for 23 years. He retired in 1991.
Mr. Shank was a member of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, receiving the highest designation, M.A.I.
His marriage to Maxine Shank-Brown ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Kathlena June Shank of Boonesboro; a son from his first marriage, Daniel Shank of Houston, Tex.; a daughter from his first marriage, Cynthia Aiken of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three step-daughters, Kathlena Kovalchick of Pittsburgh, Pa., Margaret Paris of Boonsboro and Sondra Bishop of Hagerstown; a stepson, Patrick Green of Pittsburgh; a sister; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Louise May Moore
Volunteer, Church Member
Louise May Moore, 88, a homemaker, volunteer and church member, died June 15 in Renaissance Gardens in Springfield, where she lived. She had Alzheimer's disease.
She was born in Mount Ranier and grew up in Prince William County. She attended George Washington University, then worked as an auditor for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1937 to 1942.
She married and became a full-time homemaker until 1963, when she spent two years as a library assistant at the Falls Church Public Library.
Mrs. Moore was a member of Annandale United Methodist Church, where she was superintendent of the Junior Department of the Sunday School and president of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Annandale Women's Club and the PTA.
Her son, Richard H. Moore of Fredericksburg, died in 2004.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Malcolm R. Moore of Springfield; two daughters, Marilyn M. McManis of Stafford, and Kathryn M. Crowe of Greensboro, N.C.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
David McKeon Saunders
Navy Captain, Businessman
David McKeon Saunders, 83, a retired Navy captain and businessman, died of complications from a stroke June 16 at his home in Annapolis.
A native Washingtonian, Capt. Saunders was appointed to the Naval Academy from Maryland by then-Sen. George L. P. Radcliffe (D-Md.) and graduated in 1944 with the Class of 1945. While at the academy, he served as commodore of the Midshipman Boat Club and founded the Yacht Squadron within its membership.
After graduation, he served aboard the light cruiser USS Miami in the Pacific during the last year of World War II. Upon becoming a naval aviator, he had a tour in the Navy's first squadron with nuclear attack capability. He attended postgraduate school in Annapolis in 1951 and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue jet propulsion studies at Princeton University. After receiving his master's degree in engineering at Princeton in 1952, he reported to the Navy's first jet-propelled mine-laying squadron. This was followed by a tour in the Bureau of Aeronautics, where he was the Navy project manager for Pratt & Whitney's jet engines.
Capt. Saunders served on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet before commanding a squadron aboard the USS Essex and then an air group aboard the USS Wasp. He attended the Naval War College before becoming director of program evaluation for the Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Project Office. He retired in 1968 after a tour in Vietnam as commanding officer of the ammunition ship USS Chara.
After moving to Annapolis in 1968, he founded S & R Associates Inc., which specialized in real estate development and construction and later moved into marketing of airport ground support equipment. He became a consultant and expert witness in the fields of offshore powerboat racing and corporate aviation.
He remained an active pilot but was best known for his local and ocean racing with a series of boats named Spindrift and one named Air Mail. A veteran of 19 ocean races, he won trophies in the Bermuda Race and Southern Ocean Racing Conference. Locally he won six high point championships, the Viking Trophy, two Labrot Trophies for first in fleet for a season and a first in fleet award for the Governor's Cup.
He was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Naval Academy Golf Association.
His first wife, Elizabeth Rosasco Saunders, died in 1993.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Saunders of Annapolis; three sons from his first marriage, Mark Saunders of Yorktown, Va., Scott Saunders of Annapolis and Craig Saunders of Annapolis; and four grandchildren.
Robert E. Morton
FAA Contract Negotiator
Robert E. Morton, 83, a retired contract negotiator for the Federal Aviation Administration, died of a heart attack June 2 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was a Vienna resident.
Mr. Morton moved to the Washington area in 1941 from his home town of Fort Wayne, Ind., and began working at the War Department. He joined the Army and served during World War II at the Pentagon in the Office of Combined Chiefs of Staff. During his Army service, he traveled with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the "Big Three" conferences in Yalta, Cairo and Tehran.
Upon discharge, he continued to work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. After leaving the Pentagon, Mr. Morton joined the FAA, working as a contract negotiator in the financial management offices at Washington National Airport. He retired in 1976.
Mr. Morton was a past president of the Airport Club. A member of the Fairfax National Golf Club, he was the first captain of the Retired Men's Group. He and his wife were among the founders of the Washington Area Square and Round Dance Association and served as festival directors. He also was a former president and charter member of the Virginia Square and Round Dance Association. He was a past president and member of the Sons of Norway Washington Lodge 428, an auditor for the Sons of Norway, 3rd District, and administrator of the 3rd District Charitable Trust Fund. He was a member of the Elks Club in Fairfax.
Mr. Morton was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairfax, where he was a choir director, president of the church council, assistant financial secretary and a parish partner to youth.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ardis Morton of Vienna; four children, Verlin Morton of Falls Church, Beverly Morton of Lovettsville, Vicki Petreman of Dayton, Ohio, and Paula Gordon of North Highlands, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
John Michael Dolan
Computer Systems Analyst
John Michael Dolan, 76, who retired as director of the division of systems and network management for the Food and Drug Administration in 1990, died of heart disease June 12 at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham.
Mr. Dolan, who lived in New Carrollton, oversaw computer system operations at the FDA. He began his career at the Central Intelligence Agency in the early 1950s, serving part of this time on assignment in Japan. Beginning in 1966, he worked for the National Institute of Mental Health before going to the FDA.
Mr. Dolan was born in Girardville, Pa. He moved to the Washington area in 1949. He received a bachelor's degree from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington and a master's degree in accounting and business from the University of Maryland.
He served in the Army during the Korean War.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Landover Hills, where he was in Men's Club. He also was a member of the American Legion Post # 136 in Greenbelt.
Survivors include his wife of about 50 years, Betty Halbe Dolan of New Carrollton; two children, Maureen Dolan of Greenbelt and Timothy Dolan of Martinsburg, W. Va.; and two grandchildren.