Rome Calender Stahr
Grants Management Specialist
Rome Calender Stahr, 75, a retired grants management specialist at the National Cancer Institute, died June 18 at his home in Bethesda. He had heart valve disease.
He was born in Portsmouth, Va., the son of a Navy surgeon. The family lived in Navy home ports and bases from Norfolk to San Diego. From 1940 until his death, he lived mostly in Chevy Chase and Bethesda.
Mr. Stahr graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1947 and enrolled in the University of Maryland at College Park. His college career was interrupted by a four-year enlistment in the Navy, where he was a fire control technician second class, helping at one point to direct suppressive fire at North Korean shore batteries from the destroyer USS Perkins.
He completed a bachelor's degree in business administration at the University of Maryland in 1957, and worked briefly at the Navy Department and then at the National Heart Institute. He soon transferred to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, where he was a grants management specialist until his retirement in 1989.
He was a chief organizer of the 25th and 50th class reunions of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School's Class of 1947.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Phyllis Ritter Stahr of Bethesda; a daughter, Donna Mary Stahr of Bethesda; a twin brother, William E. Stahr of Bethesda; and a younger brother, Guy Earle Stahr Jr. of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Morgan Lyall Breckon
Foreign Service Officer
Morgan Lyall Breckon, 67, a former senior diplomat with the State Department who participated in high-level arms reduction talks and was an Asia specialist, died June 22 in Singapore after a heart attack.
At his death, he was on assignment for the Center for Naval Analyses, a federally funded research and development agency. He lived in Chevy Chase.
From 1983 to 1986, Mr. Breckon was director of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia affairs for the State Department. He worked closely with groups representing the families of Vietnam War-era prisoners of war and those missing in action.
From 1986 to 1989, he participated in diplomatic talks in Vienna about the reduction of conventional armed forces in Europe. He was deputy U.S. representative to the U.N. Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 1990 to 1992, which worked on banning the development and use of chemical weapons worldwide.
Mr. Breckon was born in Saskatchewan, Canada. Because his father was American, he was a U.S. citizen. He grew up in Minnesota and Oregon and graduated from Harvard University in 1958. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service later that year and lived in the Washington area when not on overseas assignments.
Following Vietnamese language training, he was assigned to Saigon in 1961, serving in the political section. After studying the Thai language, he was a political officer based in Bangkok from 1966 to 1969 and opened a consular post in southern Thailand.
He was later based in Washington with the policy planning staff of the State Department, specializing in East Asia, and from 1979 to 1983 was charge d'affaires and deputy chief of mission at the American embassy in Malaysia. He held the simultaneous position of consul-general for Brunei.
After retiring from the diplomatic corps in 1993, he became a senior analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, where he directed studies on strategic issues in East Asia and the Pacific. He wrote about Asia for the online journal Comparative Connections and frequently lectured on Southeast Asia at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute.
In his many foreign postings, Mr. Breckon enjoyed exploring the local terrain and meeting people from other cultures. His hobbies included cycling, sculling, squash, skiing, woodworking and growing roses.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Claire Breckon of Chevy Chase; two children, Morgan Alexander Breckon of Washington and Lydia Breckon of Providence, R.I.; a brother; and a grandson.
Erin Aljoe Schlather
Erin Aljoe Schlather, 26, a legislative analyst at the Pentagon and a Georgetown University law student, died July 3 in Ithaca, N.Y., after a single-car accident. She was a Washington resident.
Ms. Schlather was returning from a wedding when her car struck a guardrail and overturned in a water-filled ravine. The exact cause of death is under investigation by the Tompkins County medical examiner's office.
Ms. Schlather was born in Ithaca and graduated from Vassar College. She moved to Washington in 1999 to work at the Center for Strategic and International Studies as a researcher and project coordinator.
In 2002, she became a legislative analyst supporting the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.
She also had just completed her first year of law school at Georgetown, where she was a member of Georgetown University College Democrats and other groups.
She tutored at Hine Junior High School in Washington and was a member of Greater DC Cares.
Survivors include her parents, Raymond M. and Kathleen Schlather of Ithaca; a sister; and her grandparents, Bernard and Virginia Schlather of Elyria, Ohio.
Mary Elizabeth Ruddy
Certified Public Accountant
Mary Elizabeth Ruddy, 87, a certified public accountant who worked for the Internal Revenue Service before her retirement, died June 23 at Powhatan Nursing Home in Arlington after a stroke.
Ms. Ruddy, a District resident since 1962, was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and graduated from College Misericordia in Pennsylvania in 1947.
Her first job was with the Pennsylvania revenue department in 1938. In 1956, she became finance director for the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc. in Washington.
She joined the IRS in 1962. At the time of her retirement in 1974, she was a revenue agent, tax law specialist and chief of the fiscal section for the national office.
Her memberships included the D.C. Commission on the Status of Women, Catholic Daughters of America and the Girl Scouts.
She leaves no immediate survivors.