Cornelia Slavoff

Artist, Art Director

Cornelia Slavoff, 78, a painter of abstracts and former art director of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, died July 20 of pancreatic cancer at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.

As an artist, Mrs. Slavoff exhibited her work in juried shows in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. In addition to her abstract oil paintings, her more recent work involved painting icons according to medieval methods, using egg tempera with gold and silver leaf on gessoed wood panels.

She worked from 1963 to 1965 and 1971 to 1992 for the aircraft association, first in Bethesda and then in Frederick. During her 23 years with the organization, she worked as a design artist, package designer, art director for several publications and print buyer.

Mrs. Slavoff was born Cornelia Yanculeff in Akron, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio State University in 1948. She moved to the Washington area in 1962.

She was a charter member of Muse 360. Founded in 1986, the organization is composed of artists of many nationalities, and it sponsors an annual exhibit in the Washington area.

She was active in the Kensington branch of the American Association of University Women, the Rockville Business and Professional Women's Association, the Metropolitan Heritage Club of Republican Women and the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. In 1989 and 1990, she was president of the D.C. Federation of Republican Women. She also served on the board of directors of the St. George Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Radi Slavoff of Bethesda; two children, Georgina Slavoff of Rockville and Zlatan Slavoff of Bloomfield, N.J.; and a granddaughter.

William Nelson Turpin

Retired Foreign Service Officer

William Nelson Turpin, 80, a retired Foreign Service officer who specialized in Soviet and Eastern European economics and international trade and finance, died July 21 of complications of a stroke at his home in Annapolis.

Dr. Turpin was born in Macon, Ga., and received his undergraduate degree in English from Dartmouth College in 1943. A Rhodes scholar, he received a bachelor's degree in 1949 and a master's degree in 1954 in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford. He received a doctorate in economics from George Washington University in 1976.

He was a Marine during World War II stationed in San Diego, and he served as a Japanese interpreter during the U.S. occupation of Japan.

Dr. Turpin joined the Foreign Service in 1948, serving as an economics officer in Belgrade from 1953 to 1955 and in Moscow from 1956 to 1958. Other foreign posts included Munich, the Hague, Saigon and Mexico City.

He moved to Washington in 1958 to work at the State Department as a specialist in communist economics. He transferred to the Treasury Department in 1961, where he served first as deputy director and later as special assistant to Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon. He also was a national security affairs adviser in the Treasury Department from 1968 to 1970.

From 1972 to 1974, he worked for the U.S. Information Agency, addressing audiences overseas on U.S. foreign and domestic economic policy.

Between 1974 and 1985, Dr. Turpin taught economics at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., Queens College of Charlotte and the University of Maine at Farmington.

From 1986 until 1992, he taught English, Latin and Greek at Lawrence Academy in Merry Hill, N.C.

Dr. Turpin moved to Annapolis in 1992.

His first wife, Adriana deHeus, died in 1969. His second marriage, to Christine Camp, ended in divorce. His third wife, Nancy Bissell Wood, died in 1996.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Adriana Morrison of London, William Nelson Turpin of Rutledge, Pa., and Kate Turpin Cvitkovic of Seattle; two stepchildren from his third marriage, Wheaton Wood of Athens, Ohio, and Victoria Nagle of New York City; five grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

Frank J. Evan

GE Official

Frank Joseph Evan, 80, who worked for General Electric from the early 1950s to the mid-1980s and retired as a purchasing manager, died July 18 at Suburban Hospital. He had lung cancer.

Mr. Evan was a native of Nanticoke, Pa., and a graduate of Bucknell University. He received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

He served in the Army during World War II and participated in the Normandy invasion.

He worked for GE in Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts before settling in the Washington area in the late 1960s. He lived at Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring.

He was a former president of the retirees group of GE's Elfun Society, a volunteer organization. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring and Leisure World's Italian and bridge clubs.

A daughter, Janet Mulliken, died in 1984.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lydia Evan of Silver Spring; a daughter, Vanessa Evan-Bouchelle of Pylesville, Md.; two sisters; and five grandchildren.