Ernest H. Davenport

Howard Faculty Member

Ernest H. Davenport, 87, a certified public accountant who after retiring from the General Accounting Office served on the faculty of Howard University, died July 11 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring after a stroke.

At Howard, where he worked for about 10 years until the late 1990s, he directed the Center for Accounting Education in the School of Business and Public Administration.

Mr. Davenport, who lived in Silver Spring, was a native of Lima, Ohio. He graduated from Morris Brown College in Atlanta and received a master's degree in business administration from Wayne State University in Detroit.

In World War II, he served as a captain in the Army Air Forces and provided reconnaissance for the 92nd Infantry Division in Europe.

He began his career as a public accountant upon his return to Michigan after the war. In 1956, he was awarded a certified public accountant certificate, becoming the 39th black CPA in the country, according to a publication of the National Association of Black Accountants.

Mr. Davenport rose to managing partner of a Detroit accounting firm and served on the board of directors of a local bank.

He moved to Washington in 1970 to work as assistant director in the audit division of the Office of Economic Opportunity. He then spent eight years at GAO, retiring in the late 1980s as assistant director of the financial and general management studies division.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Davenport held a number of leadership positions in professional organizations. He was chairman of the minority recruitment and equal opportunity committee of the American Institute of CPAs and past president of the Middle Atlantic States Accounting Conference and the D.C. Institute of CPAs.

He also was chairman and a trustee of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Pi Phi and the Hellians, all social fraternities.

His wife of 57 years, Lucille Rosemond Davenport, died in 2001.

Survivors include four brothers and four sisters.

Scott E. Parkinson


Scott Edward Parkinson, 27, a native Washingtonian who grew up in McLean and became a professional trombonist based in Buffalo, died July 13 at a hospital in Buffalo.

A spokeswoman for the Erie County (N.Y.) medical examiner's office said the cause of death is pending further tests.

Mr. Parkinson lived in Buffalo and was principal trombonist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, which he joined in 2000. Several of his family members, including his mother, are professional musicians.

At age 10, he switched to trombone from piano after he heard a high school student play the "Looney Tunes" theme on trombone.

He was a graduate of McLean High School, where he played in the marching band, and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He received a master's degree in music from the Juilliard School.

In the Washington area, he played with Brass of Peace, the Virginia Youth Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra's young apprentice program.

He was a finalist in the National Symphony Orchestra's young artists' competition in 1997.

He co-founded the United Brass, an ensemble of musicians from around the world.

Survivors include his wife, Robin Leech Parkinson, whom he married in 2002, of Buffalo; his parents, Leonard and Judith Parkinson, of McLean; and a sister, Judith Parkinson of Baltimore.

Donald S. Gross

Aeronautical Engineer

Donald S. Gross, 80, who worked at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, for 33 years before retiring in 1980 as assistant dean for the college of engineering, died of a subdural hematoma July 17 at the Genesis ElderCare Spa Creek Center in Annapolis.

Mr. Gross, an Annapolis resident, began his career at the College Park campus after receiving a degree in mechanical engineering in 1947. He initially worked as an aeronautical researcher at the university's wind tunnel operation.

He served as director of the wind tunnel from 1955 to 1977 and was assistant dean for the college of engineering from 1975 to 1980.

In 1965, he founded the Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association and served as its inaugural chairman.

Mr. Gross was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and raised there and in Washington, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1941. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II.

He was a member of Riverdale Presbyterian Church in Hyattsville.

His wife of 52 years, Roberta M. Gross, died in 1996.

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Buppert of Annapolis and Donna Collier of Baltimore.

Michael T. Leibig

Labor Lawyer

Michael T. Leibig, 59, a labor and employment lawyer who did extensive work with unions, died July 17 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had leukemia.

Early on, Mr. Leibig worked at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the firm of Zwerdling, Schlossburg, Leibig and Kahn.

In 1986, he became a founding partner of Zwerdling, Paul, Leibig, Kahn and Woll. In January, he left to start his own practice.

Mr. Leibig served as general counsel to the International Union of Police Associations, which he had helped found. He also represented more than 25 local police unions as well as civil rights groups.

He handled employment litigation for nonunion managerial employees of Time-Life, Mobil Oil, Airbus and Xerox. He also litigated employment discrimination cases nationwide.

He represented a Secret Service agent who had a role in the sex scandal involving President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Michael Tarcissius Leibig, an Annandale resident, was born in Corning, N.Y., and raised in Louisville. He was a 1968 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1971 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.

He served in the Coast Guard from 1971 to 1975.

From 1975 to 1999, he was an adjunct professor at Georgetown law school and received an award for teaching.

He wrote dozens of legal articles, a collection of stories and poems about growing up in Corning and an account of his family's history.

Survivors include his wife, Janis Foote Leibig of Annandale; two children, Christopher Leibig of Arlington and Kerry Leibig of Alexandria; a sister; and four brothers.

Elward F. Baldridge

Alexandria Real Estate Agent

Elward F. Baldridge, 89, a former Navy captain and Alexandria real estate agent, died July 18 at Mount Vernon Nursing Home. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Baldridge, the son of a Navy rear admiral, was a native Washingtonian and 1934 graduate of Western High School. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1938 and served on destroyers during World War II and the Korean War.

He was senior U.S. naval adviser to the Argentine naval war college in Buenos Aires. His final active-duty assignment, in 1964, was commander of a destroyer squadron.

His decorations included two awards of the Bronze Star.

He settled in Alexandria in 1957 and after leaving the Navy joined the Alexandria real estate firm that became Jacob & Roberts Inc. He was a member of the Northern Virginia Million Dollar Sales Club in 1965.

He restored several old homes in Alexandria and was a member of the Historic Alexandria Foundation, the Old Town Civic Association and Old Alexandria Restoration Association. He also collected vintage automobiles.

He leaves no immediate survivors.