Virgil Bernard Elliott
Bakery Franchise Owner
Virgil Bernard Elliott, 78, who owned the Washington area franchise for Stella D'oro bakery products for more than 20 years, died July 6 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. He had kidney disease.
Mr. Elliott owned the franchise, based in Beltsville, from 1968 to 1989 and managed a fleet of five trucks. He had been in the bakery supply business in the Washington area since 1947, working previously for the Holmes, Sunbeam and Southern bakeries, as well as Pepperidge Farm.
He was born in West Allis, Wis., and moved as a boy to Alexandria, where he attended George Washington High School. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and received the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
He was a longtime resident of Annandale and later of Springfield before moving in the past year to Fredericksburg. After his retirement in 1989, he enjoyed traveling the country by car to visit family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Helen Marjorie Elliott of Fredericksburg; two children, retired Army Col. M. Bruce Elliott of Springfield and Linda A. Skelton of Houston; and four grandchildren.
Victor Lamar Lowe
Victor Lamar Lowe, 76, a retired division director in the Government Accounting Office, died of lung cancer June 24 at a hospital in Columbus, Ga.
Mr. Lowe, who lived in Washington from 1949 to 1985, worked for the GAO his entire career, reaching the No. 3 position in the government's watchdog agency, below two political appointee positions. He reached his top Washington-based assignment in 1972, when he became director of the new general government division.
In 1977, a GAO report noted the sharp cutback in the FBI's domestic intelligence activities in the preceding two years but questioned numerous instances of irrelevant personal information that still turned up in the FBI's investigative files.
A House Judiciary subcommittee chairman asked Mr. Lowe whether it was appropriate to keep thousand of Americans under surveillance when just one or two planned to stage a demonstration. According to a Washington Post article, Mr. Lowe replied: "What it really comes down to is whether we should have a surveillance program at all. Personally, I feel more comfortable with the FBI out there looking at some of these people."
Born in High Shoals, Ga., and raised in nearby Watkinsville, Mr. Lowe enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and graduated from boot camp just as the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan, signaling the end of World War II. He remained in the Naval Reserve and earned his college degree from the University of Georgia.
He joined the GAO in 1949 and moved to the District and later Bowie. In 1978, he was transferred to the GAO's Far East office in Hawaii. He retired to Columbus in 1985.
He was absorbed by anything related to the Civil War and World War II. He loved cooking and restaurants and visiting cemeteries as part of his genealogical research.
His wife of 42 years, Ruth Anderson Lowe, died in 1992.
Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Jane Elder McDonald Lowe of Columbus; three children from his first marriage, Christopher Lowe of Columbus, Anne Acosta of Tamarac, Fla., and Leslie Kim of Brookeville; a sister; four stepchildren, Janet Rowland and F.L. "Mac" McDonald of Watkinsville, Carol McDonald of Bogart, Ga., and Anne Luckey of Athens, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
David Palmer Close
Lawyer, Foundation Board Member
David Palmer Close, 89, a lawyer and longtime director of the International Eye Foundation, died of a heart attack July 4 at his home near Amissville in Rappahannock County, Va.
Mr. Close was born in New York and graduated from Williams College in 1938 and the Columbia School of Law in 1942. He then received a commission in the Navy and served in the Atlantic theater during World War II.
In 1946, Mr. Close co-founded the Washington law firm of Dahlgren and Close with three friends with whom he had served overseas. He remained active in that practice until his death. He had a residence in Washington as well as in Amissville.
Mr. Close was the director and president of International Humanities Inc., a founding member and board member of the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness Inc. and a board member of the International Eye Foundation from 1961 until this year. He was president and director emeritus of the International Eye Foundation from 1986 to 1989 and of the D.C. Society for the Prevention of Blindness from 1961 to 1963.
He was a trustee and former chairman of the board of Mount Vernon College and a former trustee of Williams College and the Hill School. He also served as a director and officer of the Marjorie Merriweather Post Foundation, a director of National Savings & Trust Co. and a member and treasurer of the American Council for the United Nations University.
Mr. Close was a member of Leeds Episcopal Church in Markham and was inducted as a knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.
His wife of 38 years, Margaret Howell Gordon Close, died in 1992.
Survivors include four children, Louise Close Matthews of Sudbury, Mass., Katharine Close Brown of Berryville, Va., Barbara Eriksen Close of New York and Peter David Close of Portsmouth, Va.; and four grandchildren.
Gregory Bernard Turner
IMF Accounting Assistant
Gregory Bernard Turner, 40, a senior accounting assistant at the International Monetary Fund, died June 18 of injuries suffered in an auto accident on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, where he was vacationing. He was a resident of Alexandria.
Mr. Turner was born in Mobile, Ala. He graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He received a master's degree in business from the American University of Paris in 1990, and he remained in France to teach.
Upon returning to the United States in 1993, Mr. Turner went to work for the IMF, where he led the organization's ski club and was active in charities and civic groups, including Rebuilding Together With Christmas in April of Washington, D.C. He enjoyed traveling, learning about other cultures and camping and canoe trips.
Survivors include his mother, Ann George Turner of Mobile.
Evelyn E. Wilson
Arlington Guidance Counselor
Evelyn Elaine Wilson, 76, who spent about 15 years as director of guidance and counseling at Wakefield High School in Arlington until her retirement in 1990, died July 8 at her home in Arlington. She had respiratory failure.
Ms. Wilson began doing guidance work at Wakefield in 1955.
In the mid-1980s, the Vietnamese Parents Association of Arlington County honored Ms. Wilson for her work with the county's growing Vietnamese population.
She was a former president of the Northern Virginia Personnel and Guidance Association and vice president of the Virginia Personnel and Guidance Association.
She was born in Rural Retreat, in southwestern Virginia. She was a 1948 graduate of Radford University and received a master's degree in guidance and personnel administration from Columbia University in 1956.
Early in her career, she taught English near Norfolk and did guidance work in Pulaski, Va.
In retirement, she was president of Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs, a group that helps prevent homelessness by providing financial help to people in need.
She attended Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington.
Survivors include a sister, Lois Steffey of Arlington.