Bruce Brawner Morris
Navy Contracts Administrator
Bruce Brawner Morris, 85, a retired Navy Department contracts administrator who was active in Masonic and fraternal organizations in Alexandria, died July 1 at his home in Waynesboro, Va., of complications from a stroke.
Mr. Morris, who moved to Waynesboro, in Augusta County, six years ago, was born and raised in Alexandria and lived most of his life there. He was a George Washington High School graduate and longtime member of Del Ray United Methodist Church.
He attended George Washington University and served in the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II. After the war, Mr. Morris spent more than 30 years working for what became the Bureau of Naval Weapons, retiring in the 1970s.
He was a 33rd degree Mason, a life member of the Alexandria Scottish Rite and past elected potentate of the Kena Temple Shriners. He also held offices in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was an honorary member of the Friendship Fire Company in Alexandria and the Alexandria Sportsman's Club.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Eloise Hitt Morris of Waynesboro; a daughter, Sandra Kay Morris Curry of Waynesboro; and two granddaughters.
Clarence Carl Ohlke
National Science Foundation Official
Clarence Carl Ohlke, 88, a career civil servant who retired in 1973 as director of the office of government and public programs at the National Science Foundation, died of a brain aneurysm July 8 at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Ohlke was a native of Kansas City, Mo. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in public administration, he began his government career as a research assistant in the office of the city manager in Kansas City.
He moved to Washington in 1942 to work as a personnel specialist for the War Production Board. He then entered the Navy during World War II and served as a supply corps officer with the 23rd Seabees on Attu in the Aleutian Islands.
Returning to civil service after the war, he worked for the Navy Department and then the Atomic Energy Commission, where he was director of the office of economic impact and conversion. He joined the National Science Foundation in 1966 as an assistant to the director.
During and after his government career, Mr. Ohlke raised beef cattle and cultivated fruit trees on his farm in Adamstown, Md., where he lived for more than 40 years.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Frances Nicholson Ohlke of Adamstown; two children, Carl Erdman Ohlke of Great Falls and Amanda Anne Ohlke of Washington; and two grandchildren. A son, Daniel Nicholson Ohlke, died in 1989.
Paul J. Kennedy
Paul J. Kennedy, 78, a retired business manager at the Media Institute and the Council for Basic Education, died of a heart attack June 29 at his home in Lewes, Del.
He was born at home in Laurel Springs, N.J., and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University in 1956.
He served in the Army from 1950 to 1952, stationed most of that time at Fort Myer. While there, he discovered Washington, D.C., a place he then made his home for nearly 50 years.
Two jobs in Washington took up most of his working career. He worked for the Council for Basic Education for 18 years. In 1980, he joined the Media Institute, where he worked until his retirement in 2002.
Mr. Kennedy was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, and he joined the Trinity Players acting troupe there. He performed a number of times as a supernumerary with opera companies at the Kennedy Center.
He enjoyed a laugh, even at his own expense. He was amused, for instance, when a nephew, the Rev. Edward Bell, told of spotting him wearing a wristwatch on stage during an opera set a century or two ago.
He was a devoted Washington Redskins fan and was active with the charitable organization So Others Might Eat. He also enjoyed introducing visitors to Washington. He moved to Lewes in 2002.
Survivors include two sisters.