Lawrence William Draeger

Retired USIA Manager

Lawrence William "Bill" Draeger, 86, who while working for the U.S. Information Agency in the Philippines managed the plant that printed "Free World" magazine and schoolbooks in the local dialects, died of cardiorespiratory failure June 22 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington.

Mr. Draeger was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and grew up in Waverly, Iowa. At 18, he came Washington to work as an apprentice at the Government Printing Office, where he remained for five years.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the South Pacific, did very well in Officer Candidate School (he could type 110 words a minute with no mistakes) and spent time in New Guinea. He was stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, at the end of the war and lived there until being discharged in 1946.

That same year, he returned to Washington with his wife and daughter. In 1947, he bought a house in Arlington, where he continued to live until his death.

Mr. Draeger was in the Army Reserve until retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1977.

While working at the USIA in the mid- to late-1960s, he managed cultural exchange exhibits in the Soviet Union, Bangkok and Poland. In 1972, he exhibited in Europe the first batch of moon rocks from Apollo 10.

Mr. Draeger retired in 1976 and became active as a philatelist, numismatist, gardener, stained-glass worker and gem polisher. He also supported his wife's work as a volunteer for the Arlington Hospital Auxiliary.

He visited more than 100 countries and every continent. In the 1950s, he was active in local politics with Arlingtonians for a Better County and served on the zoning appeals board.

He was a member of Walker Chapel Church in Arlington and was a 13th-degree Mason.

His first wife, Elizabeth Robertson Draeger, whom he married in 1942, died in 1989. A daughter, Dorothy Taima, died in 1999.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Draeger of Arlington, whom he married in 1995; a son from his first marriage, Dr. John Draeger of Maui, Hawaii; and two stepchildren, Catherine Newberry of Baltimore and Charley Newberry of Washington.

Caren Pomeroy

Preschool Teacher

Caren Golden Pomeroy, 49, a preschool teacher most recently affiliated with Temple Rodef Shalom nursery school in Falls Church, died June 25 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. She had complications of heart surgery in early May.

Mrs. Pomeroy taught pre-kindergarten at Georgetown Day School in the late 1970s, followed by a stint at the prestigious National Child Research Center in Washington.

After the birth of her first daughter in 1985, she opened a home-based child care center in Arlington. She joined the temple staff in 1991 and worked there until her death.

She was born in New York and raised in Scranton, Pa. She was a 1977 graduate of Emerson College in Boston and received a master's degree in early childhood education from George Washington University in 1979.

Survivors include her husband, David Pomeroy, whom she married in 1979, and two daughters, Erin Pomeroy and Robin Pomeroy, all of Arlington; her father and stepmother, Edward and Agnes Golden of Scranton; and a sister, Andrea Weckstein of Great Falls.

Helen M. Brady

Church Member

Helen M. Brady, 102, a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston, died July 3 of congestive heart failure at Inova Cameron Glen Care Center in Reston. She had been a Reston resident for 30 years.

Mrs. Brady was born on a farm in Ontario. She became a nurse in 1924 and practiced nursing in Detroit hospitals until 1936, when she married. She became a U.S. citizen in 1941.

She moved with her family to Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1948 and resumed her nursing career. She settled in the Washington area in 1974.

She enjoyed playing bridge.

Her husband of 19 years, Thomas J. Brady, died in 1955.

Survivors include a son, Thomas V. Brady of Reston; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Carl W. Green

Metro Accounting Director

Carl Wayne Green, 64, who worked for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for more than 20 years and retired in 1993 as director of accounting, died July 3 at his home in Alexandria. He had cancer.

After leaving Metro, Mr. Green did accounting work for the city of Alexandria. He worked until April in the Transportation and Environmental Services Department.

He was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School and Benjamin Franklin University. He served in the Air Force from 1960 to 1964.

He was a golfer.

His marriage to Joanne Cady Green ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Christian Green of Austin and Jonathan Green of Virginia Beach; and a sister.