James V. Milano

Army Colonel, Pfizer Executive

James V. Milano, 85, a coal miner's son, World War II veteran, corporate executive, author and benefactor, died of cancer July 26 at his home in Winchester, Va. He had lived in the Washington area, primarily Fairfax and Falls Church, off and on from 1954 to 2000.

Col. Milano was born to Italian immigrant parents in Morgantown, W.Va. He received a degree in chemistry from West Virginia University and a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1940. His fluency in Italian secured him a key position in intelligence operations during the Allied invasions of North Africa and Italy. Among the medals he received for wartime service were the Order of the British Empire, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

After the war, Col. Milano became chief of intelligence operations for U.S. forces in Austria from 1945 to 1950. His experiences during the postwar occupation of Austria and in gathering intelligence at the start of the Cold War formed the basis of his memoir, "Soldiers, Spies and the Ratline: America's Undeclared War Against the Soviets" (1995).

When he returned to the United States in 1950, Col. Milano served with the 82nd Airborne Division for two years until he was selected to attend the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, where he received a master's of business administration degree. He was stationed at the Pentagon with the Adjutant General's Corps, serving for 12 years until retiring as a colonel in 1966.

During that time, he began work with the Army's first UNIVAC computer network, later specializing in the field of management information systems. He received a doctorate in public administration from George Washington University in 1969.

Upon retiring from the Army, Mr. Milano accepted a management position at Pfizer Inc., the New York-based pharmaceutical company. At Pfizer, he became a recognized leader in using information science to improve manufacturing productivity in the pharmaceutical industry.

During his tenure at Pfizer, where he was responsible for worldwide computer operations, he held several positions, including assistant controller, vice president in Pfizer Int. and vice president of Pfizer Inc. He retired in 1985 and remained a consultant with the company until 1996.

After his career at Pfizer, Col. Milano dedicated himself to three projects that shaped the final years of his life: seeing his book through to publication, developing and managing his beloved Lover's Leap Farm in Charles Town, W.Va., and establishing the James and Ann Pozega Milano Reading Room at his alma mater, West Virginia University. Dedicated in 2003, the reading room commemorates the place where Col. Milano met his future wife and where he felt he was empowered to realize his personal and professional potential.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ann Milano of Winchester; four children, Mary O'Brien and Barbara Keenan of Alexandria, Kathryn Milano of New York City and James J. Milano of Wilton, Conn.; three grandchildren; and a sister.

Albert S. Eggerton

Railroad Executive

Albert S. Eggerton Jr., 82, former manager of corporate communications and executive speechwriter for Southern Railway in Washington, died July 24 at his home in Springfield. He had prostate cancer.

Mr. Eggerton joined Southern, which later became Norfolk Southern, in 1947 as an assistant editor and later headed corporate communications for the railroad. He also edited the company's magazine, Ties, and wrote speeches for Navy secretary and Amtrak president W. Graham Claytor Jr., then president of Southern.

He retired from the company in 1984 after 37 years, having received numerous national awards for its annual reports. Soon after, he teamed with three colleagues to co-found Consultant Associates, where he did freelance writing, including annual reports for Amtrak.

Beginning in 1984, Mr. Eggerton joined the Smithsonian as a volunteer rail researcher at the Museum of American History, first working on a railroad bibliography and later handling rail-related interview requests and correspondence for the transportation division.

He also did pro bono promotion for Wesley Housing Development Corp. in Alexandria and the Fairfax Symphony, including designing the latter's first promotional brochure.

He was active in St. John's United Methodist Church in Springfield for more than 40 years and was a former president of the North Springfield Civic Association and the North Springfield Swim Club.

Mr. Eggerton, a Springfield resident since 1957, was born in Meridian, Miss. His family moved to Nashville in 1923 and later to Memphis and Columbia, S.C. He graduated with honors in 1943 from the University of South Carolina, where he was a principal actor in college theater and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He carried his love of the theater to the Washington area, where he was a lead actor and president of the Footlighters, Springfield's community theater, as well as actor, writer and narrator for church plays and musicals.

During World War II, Mr. Eggerton served as an Army radio man in the United States, France, Belgium and the Philippines. He remained in the Army Reserve, eventually separating as a captain.

After the war, he worked as a reporter for the Columbia (S.C.) Record, covering local government -- including then-Gov. Strom Thurmond -- before joining Southern Railway and moving to the Washington area in 1947.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Permelia Bayol Eggerton of Springfield; two sons, Albert Spilman Eggerton and John Sansom Eggerton, both of Springfield; a sister; a brother; and four grandchildren.

Eleanor Martin

Church Member

Eleanor Graves Martin, 99, a former member of Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Forestville and its sodality, died July 25 at Villa Rosa Nursing Home in Mitchellville, where she lived. She had congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Martin was born in Volney, N.Y., and settled in the Washington area in 1935. She lived much of the time in Forestville.

Her hobbies included gardening and bird-watching.

Her husband, Harold Joseph Martin, whom she married in 1935, died in 1959.

Survivors include five children, Elaine V. Curry of Bowie, Joan A. Pepper of St. Michaels, Md., Mary E. Bishop of Arlington, John J. Martin of Laurel and Robert J. Martin of Issue; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Frances Anne Bates

Volunteer, Genealogist

Frances Anne Bates, 81a longtime Greenbelt resident who was a volunteer with the Ladies of Charity of St. Hugh's in Greenbelt and numerous other charitable endeavors, died July 21 at her home of renal failure.

Mrs. Bates was born Frances Anne Woodring in Cleveland and received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physical education from Notre Dame College of Cleveland in 1944. She taught high school in Cleveland until she moved in 1945 to the District, where she became director of the Government Girls Recreation Hall in West Potomac Park. She also worked with underprivileged children at the Georgetown Settlement House.

Mrs. Bates moved to Seattle with her husband in 1949 and returned to the Washington area in 1952. The Bates family settled in Greenbelt in 1953.

She was a math tutor for grade-school children at St. Hugh's Catholic Church in Greenbelt and a volunteer knitting teacher to 4-H Club members. She also was adept at a variety of crafts, including sewing, ceramics, weaving and knitting. A genealogist, she was a genealogical aide at the National Archives for 14 years.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, James Edward Bates of Greenbelt; eight children, Judith Marie Bates Weinhold of Kingsport, Tenn., David James Bates of Mandeville, La., Richard Michael Bates of Greenbelt, Robert Allen Bates of Centreville, Margaret Louise Bates of Greenbelt, Michael Edward Bates of Sherrill, N.Y., Kathleen Theresa Wheeler of Sugar Land, Tex., and Christopher Patrick Bates of Spring, Tex.; 17 grandchildren; and one sister.

Margaret S. 'Peggy' Armstrong

Psychologist, Volunteer

Margaret Swann "Peggy" Armstrong, 83, an educational psychologist and community volunteer, died July 13 at her home in Washington after a heart attack.

Mrs. Armstrong worked for about 20 years as a psychologist and educational diagnostician at the Kingsbury Center, an educational facility in Washington for children and adults with learning disabilities. She also worked with a number of independent schools in the Washington area, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and overseas.

Following her retirement in the early 1980s, Mrs. Armstrong volunteered at the Phillips Collection, the Historical Society of Washington and Older Adult Service and Information System (OASIS), a national seniors educational organization.

She was born in Hillside, N.J., and graduated from Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She also received a bachelor's degree from Kent State University and a master's degree in education psychology from the University of Delaware.

From 1953 to 1958, Mrs. Armstrong and her family lived in Beirut, and she taught at the Beirut College for Women. Between 1967 and 1988, she and her husband, who was in international marketing, divided their time between their home in Washington and assignments in Asia.

Her husband of 56 years, Lincoln Armstrong, died in 1999.

Survivors include three daughters, Ann Van Dusen of Washington, Beverly Chapman of Newton, Mass., and Niecy Chambers of Mountain Lakes, N.J.; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.

Furman Lee Walker

Engineer, Realtor

Furman Lee Walker, 67, a designer of navigation systems for military and commercial aircraft, a cattle rancher and a real estate agent, died of complications from hepatitis and lymphoma July 21 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. He lived in Ashburn.

Mr. Walker was born in Mill Spring, N.C. He earned a bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University in 1958 and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Long Beach in 1966.

He served with the Army Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, N.J., after college, then went to work for Autonetics, a division of Rockwell International, in Downey, Calif. There, he designed navigation systems for the Corvair B-58 Hustler, the Hound Dog Cruise Missile and the F-111 Aardvark.

In 1968, he transferred to Rockwell's Collins Radio division in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he designed navigation systems for aircraft, including the L-1011 commercial airliner. He also renovated and managed real estate. In 1979, Mr. Walker bought a cattle ranch near Spartanburg, S.C., and worked there for seven years.

He returned to engineering in 1986 and moved to the Washington area, where he worked for Sperry, now a division of Lockheed Martin. Mr. Walker resumed designing navigation systems for military vehicles, including the landing craft air cushion hovercraft and the mine hunter coastal ship. He also worked on projects for the Strategic Defense Initiative.

After retiring in 1997, he began a career with Long & Foster in Ashburn, where he worked as an agent and taught classes for the realty firm. He also served on the Board of Equalization for Loudoun County.

Mr. Walker was an elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, where he also taught adult Sunday school. Most recently, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Arlington.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Roberta Carol Walker of Ashburn; four children, Linda Walker Hardy of Arlington, Sharon Walker Pearce of Kodiak, Alaska, Steven Michael Walker of Vernon, Conn., and Kristin Walker Spradlin of Florence, Miss.; three brothers; and two granddaughters.

Rolfe Eldridge Glover III

Physics Professor

Rolfe Eldridge Glover III, 80, an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Maryland, died July 15 of renal failure at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. He lived in University Park.

Dr. Glover did research on superconductivity, which is the absence of electrical resistance in solid materials at either very low or very high temperatures. He was a professor of physics at the University of Maryland from 1961 to 1987, when he was named emeritus professor.

He was the author of many research studies published in scientific journals, and his work was well known among physicists. He contributed papers to seminars and other scientific meetings and was a member of many scientific organizations, including the Washington Academy of Sciences, the American Vacuum Society and the American Physical Society's Division of Solid State Physics.

He received numerous awards for his research and won the Humboldt Foundation award for excellence in teaching and research in 1974.

Dr. Glover was born in Wilmington, Del., and served in the Army Air Forces in 1946 and 1947. After his discharge, he received dual bachelor's degrees in 1948 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bowdoin College, under a joint program then in place. He received his doctorate in physics in 1953 from the University of Gottingen in Germany, taking his courses and writing his dissertation in German, in which he was fluent.

He was a fellow of the National Science Foundation from 1955 to 1957, conducting postdoctoral research at the University of California. From 1957 to 1961, he was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina. He was an Alfred P. Sloan research fellow from 1958 to 1962.

Aside from his academic work, Dr. Glover was a dedicated sailor. He spent weekends with his family on the Chesapeake Bay, and in 1978 he sailed to Spain and back on his sloop, the Schmaus.

He was also an excellent skier and an experienced mountain climber, having ascended peaks in Europe, Mexico, Japan and the United States.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Barbara Smith Glover of University Park; three children, Rolfe E. Glover IV of Savannah, Ga., Gordon F. Glover of Fair Haven, N.J., and Katherine Glover Quinlan of Park City, Utah; and five grandchildren.