Ruth T. Blond

Commerce Department Analyst

Ruth T. Blond, 94, a former analyst with the Department of Commerce, died June 9 of sepsis at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. She had lived in Washington since 1926.

She spent 30 years with the Commerce Department's international trade and tariff division as an analyst before retiring in 1979.

She was born in Baltimore and attended George Washington University. She was a member of several Jewish women's organizations and was an active member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation, where she directed the seniors program. She received the Avodah honors award for her service to the congregation.

She was treasurer of her apartment residents association in the District until she was in her 90s.

There are no immediate survivors.

Andrew Robert Wechsler


Andrew Robert "Drew" Wechsler, 57, an economist who had been an adviser to the U.S. International Trade Commission, died June 12 at his home in Bethesda of cholangiocarcinoma, or cancer of the bile duct.

Since 1991, Mr. Wechsler was managing director of international practices with LECG, a legal and economic consulting firm in Washington. He was a specialist in analyzing international trade, criminal price fixing, mergers, intellectual property and the international "dumping" of goods below their market value.

From 1987 to 1991, he was senior vice president and director of international trade for Economists Inc., a Washington consulting firm. He was senior economic adviser to the International Trade Commission from 1979 to 1987, supervising more than 400 studies of international trade policy.

Mr. Wechsler was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up on Long Island. He graduated from Yale University in 1969 and was one of the leaders of Yale's antiwar movement during the Vietnam era. He taught high school chemistry and physics in New Haven, Conn., Freeport, N.Y., and Baltimore from 1969 to 1972.

He studied economics for two years at Uppsala University in Sweden and received a master's degree in economics from Stanford University. At Stanford in the 1970s, he helped lead anti-apartheid demonstrations protesting the university's investments in South Africa.

Mr. Wechsler was fluent in Swedish and had traveled to more than 60 countries.

After moving to Washington in the late 1970s, he founded the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association in Adams Morgan. He lived in Bethesda for the past nine years.

His marriage to Anne Spalding ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Christine Wechsler of Bethesda; two children from the second marriage, Joshua and Sarah Kate Wechsler, both of Bethesda; his father, Herbert Wechsler of Greensboro, N.C.; and two brothers.

Rosemarie 'Mickey' Vogel

Church Member

Rosemarie McDaniel "Mickey" Vogel, 84, a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairfax City and a former member of its altar guild, died of respiratory failure June 23 at the Capital Hospice-Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington.

Mrs. Vogel, a Fairfax City resident, was a member of the Chantilly National Golf and Country Club. She enjoyed bowling and golfing.

She was born in Oak Park, Ill., and raised in Elmhurst, Ill. She attended what is now Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and early in her career played third base on a women's baseball team.

She married in 1942 and accompanied her husband on his Army assignments. She settled in the Washington area in 1963.

Survivors include her husband, retired Army Col. Larry Vogel of Fairfax City; two sons, Ronald Vogel of Arlington and James Vogel of Leesburg; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Gertrude Gibbon Young

Navy Department Official

Gertrude Gibbon Young, 86, a former Silver Spring resident and Navy Department civilian who retired in 1975 from the Naval Security Group Command, died June 26 at a hospital in Scranton, Pa. She had complications from intestinal surgery that week.

Mrs. Young worked for the Navy from the early 1940s to 1956 and from 1961 to 1975. She retired from the Naval Security Group Command as director of the headquarters organization and management division, where she analyzed and condensed documents and prepared reports for her superiors.

She moved to Pennsylvania in 1983 and at her death lived in Union Dale, Pa.

She was born in Henrico County, Va., and raised in Washington. She attended Strayer Business College.

Early in her career, she was a professional dancer and taught ballet, tap and acrobatic styles. She later received a private pilot's license.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Her marriages to Donald W. Williams and Keith Brown Young ended in divorce.

A son from the first marriage, Travis Williams, died in infancy in 1938.

Survivors include two daughters from the second marriage, Christena Dilello of Union Dale and Janette Bianco of Pleasant Mount, Pa.; a sister; and six grandchildren.

Lorraine Sachs


Lorraine Chimkin Sachs, 73, who co-owned and operated a photographic news agency and a retail store in Southeast Washington from the mid-1960s to early 1990s, died June 23 at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. She had pancreatic cancer.

Mrs. Sachs and her husband owned Consolidated News Photos and the Congressional Photo Shoppe, which operated from the same store a block from Capitol Hill.

She was office manager and receptionist at the family business and also accompanied her husband, a photojournalist, on his assignments to political conventions and spacecraft launches. She helped staff the Consolidated News Photos work station on those assignments.

A New York native, she settled in the Washington area in 1950.

Early in her career, she worked in the sign shop at Hecht Co. in Northwest Washington. She also did volunteer work at Fort Foote Elementary School in Fort Washington, helping collect surplus books from the Library of Congress to start a school library. She was a part-time librarian.

She did volunteer work for the Democratic Party and was a former vice president of the Oxon Hill Democratic Club. She was also a former chief Democratic election judge for a precinct in Oxon Hill, where she lived.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Arnie Sachs of Oxon Hill; four children, Ronald M. Sachs of Silver Spring, Howard L. Sachs of Woodbridge, Todd S. Sachs of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and Susan Sachs Brown of Dunkirk; a sister; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Sudharsetiti Balbed

Language Instructor

Sudharsetiti Balbed, 71, an Indonesian language instructor at Inlingua School of Languages in Roslyn, died June 23 at the Capital Hospice Center in Arlington. She had pancreatic cancer.

The District resident taught at Inlingua for 18 years and was still employed when she died.

Mrs. Balbed was born in Java, Indonesia, and came to the District in 1978. She was a member of the Indonesian Women's Association and the Indonesian Gamelan Music Group.

Her first husband, Dr. Soedibjo Tjokrodiprodjo, whom she married in 1961, died in 1966.

Mrs. Balbed went out of her way to help others without ever asking for anything in return and had a passion for teaching, family members said.

Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Abdullah Balbed of Washington; two children from her first marriage, Siti Wahyu Wardhani and Kresno Adji Djayandaru, both of Jakarta, Indonesia; four stepchildren, Fatimah Allen of Arlington, Djamal Balbed of Atlanta, Maryam Balbed of Silver Spring and Salim Balbed of Fairfax; three grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren.

Donald Disney Allen

Army Corps of Engineers Director

Donald Disney Allen, 90, a civil engineer and project director for the Army Corps of Engineers from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, died June 25 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney after a heart attack. He lived at the Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring.

Mr. Allen helped in the construction of the Hoover Dam early in his career and later provided help after major floods in New Orleans.

He was a native of Chambers, Neb., and a civil engineering graduate of George Washington University.

During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps and participated in the invasions of Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.

In retirement, he taught carving at Glen Echo Park and specialized in carving carousel animals.

He was a founder of the Easton, Md., Waterfowl Festival, an event for wildlife artists and craftspeople.

His first wife, Vivian Regina Allen, died in 1984.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Fae Musser Allen of Silver Spring.