Herman van der Tak
World Bank Director
Herman van der Tak, 78, a World Bank director, died of prostate cancer Aug. 4 at George Washington University Hospital. He was a Washington resident.
Mr. van der Tak pioneered the use of cost-benefit analysis in appraising World Bank projects. He rose to the position of director of operations policy by applying rigorous methods in critiquing proposed and completed World Bank projects.
He co-wrote "Economic Analysis of Projects" (1975) with Lyn Squire, which is widely used in graduate economic courses. In 1987, in recognition of his work in development economics, he was named a knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.
Born in Zwolle, the Netherlands, Mr. van der Take received a master's degree in law from Utrecht University in 1948 and served in the Dutch army. He received a master's degree in economics in 1953 from the London School of Economics. He worked for the Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva and then the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East in Bangkok.
In 1961, Mr. van der Tak joined the World Bank and moved to Washington. He was known for mentoring younger economists in the cost-benefit analysis methods he used.
After his retirement in 1986, he consulted for the World Bank for 15 years. But he primarily enjoyed adventure travel, and to that end he hiked, camped, camel-trekked, climbed, sailed and bird-watched on and near all seven continents.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jean van der Tak of Washington; three sons, Steven van der Tak of Papua New Guinea, Derek van der Tak of Philadelphia and Laurens van der Tak of Bethesda; a brother; and two grandchildren.
Stanley N. Nissel
Stanley N. Nissel, 74, former deputy general counsel in logistics for the Army, died of a heart attack Aug. 1 at his home in Hamden, Conn.
Mr. Nissel, whose expertise was in government contracting, advised the secretary of the Army on legal issues related to the acquisition of the Abrams tank and other weapon systems and equipment.
Mr. Nissel, who was born in New York City, received a bachelor's degree from New York University in 1950. He received a law degree from Harvard University in 1953 and a master's degree in law from Columbia in 1957. He served in the Army Signal Corps from 1953 to 1955.
He began his civil service career as an attorney in the general counsel's office for the Department of the Navy in 1957. In 1965, he was appointed the deputy assistant general counsel for logistics in the office of the secretary of Defense. From 1974 to 1986, he was deputy general counsel for logistics for the Department of the Army.
Throughout his career, he was involved in legal matters related to contracting for complex equipment being purchased by the Department of Defense. In 1982, he received the presidential rank award as a meritorious executive.
After retiring from the Army in 1986, he was associate general counsel in the United Technologies Corp. office in Hartford, Conn., until 1991.
His wife Judith Nissel died in 1990, and his son from that marriage, Jonathan R. Nissel, died last year.
Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Pedersen Nissel of Hamden; a daughter from his first marriage, Susan Deborah Clamp of Norwich, England; a brother; and three grandchildren.
Theo Faye Goodman
Editor, Church Volunteer
Theo Faye Goodman, 77, a former secretary with the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps and an editor of newsletters for her church and for various civic organizations, died July 29 of complications of urosepsis and a stroke. She died at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Sandy Spring.
Mrs. Goodman was born Theo Faye Neves in Millville, Utah, and attended Utah State University. She lived in Silver Spring for 50 years.
She began working in Ogden, Utah, in 1944 for the U.S. Army Air Forces. In 1945, she was transferred to Washington, where she worked as an executive secretary in the Quartermaster Corps. Her assignment was to facilitate the return of World War II dead from other countries.
White with the Quartermaster Corps, she met her future husband, Charles, who also was working there after his discharge from active military duty. They married in 1948 at the 16th Street Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mrs. Goodman worked as an executive secretary for five government offices, in Utah and Washington. For 12 years, she wrote a column, "This Week in Washington," for the Herald Journal in Logan, Utah.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, she was an editor of pamphlets and newsletters for various civic organizations, as well as for her church. She also was secretary to the bishop.
She was active in various organizations in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly the PTAs at Weller Road Elementary School and Belt Junior High School in Silver Spring. She and her husband held several leadership positions in the church and worked in the Washington, D.C., Temple for four years in the late 1970s.
Mrs. Goodman was a swimmer and diver, a painter and a writer of poems, essays and songs, often with religious or patriotic themes. She loved the arts and loved to sing.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years; six children, Richard David Goodman of Elk Grove, Calif., Carolyn Rose Bender of Kernersville, N.C., Michael Stephen Goodman of Beavercreek, Ohio, Patricia Faye Goodman of Burtonsville, Pamela Kaye Rusk of Las Vegas and Diana Sue Williams of Coral Springs, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers; and a sister.
Robert M. 'Bud' Fisher
Robert M. "Bud" Fisher, 74, a longtime Washington area car dealer, died Aug. 4 of lung cancer at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. He lived in Silver Spring.
Mr. Fisher was in the automobile business for nearly 50 years. In the late 1970s, he had his own dealership, Bud Fisher Lincoln Mercury, in Manassas.
He spent his entire career in sales and management. Among the dealerships he worked for were King Pontiac in Gaithersburg; Wilson Pontiac in Silver Spring; Congressional Oldsmobile in Rockville; and most recently, Chevy Chase Buick in Washington. He retired in 2001.
Mr. Fisher was born in the District and graduated from McKinley Senior High School. He served as a radioman in the Army during the Korean War. He had lived in Silver Spring since the mid-1960s.
His first wife, Frances Bladt Fisher, whom he married in 1949, died in 1989. A son from that marriage, James D. Fisher, died in 2000.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Carroll Ann Fisher of Silver Spring; four children from the first marriage, Robert S. Fisher of Manassas, Thomas E. Fisher of Middletown, Donna L. Fisher of Crownsville and Linda F. Rosato of Allendale, N.J.; two stepchildren, Richard Lewis of Silver Spring and Rae Ann Lewis of Fenwick, Del.; seven grandchildren; and a sister.
Maud Stanwood Cummings Smith
Police Officer, Social Worker
Maud Stanwood Cummings Smith, 89, a former Washington social worker and police officer, died Aug. 4 of a stroke and diabetes at her home in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
Mrs. Smith, who was born in Old Orchard Beach, graduated from Old Orchard Beach High School in 1937. She enrolled at Fisk University in Nashville, where she received a bachelor of science degree in social work in 1942. She also received a social work certificate from the University of Buffalo and took graduate courses in education at William and Mary College, Hampton University and Old Dominion University.
Her first social-work position was in Washington, where she was in a juvenile court, beginning in 1942. She also worked briefly as an Urban League social worker in Buffalo before returning to Washington in 1943 to work as a plainclothes police officer with the Metropolitan Women's Bureau. She retired in 1967 for health reasons.
She began a second career as a junior high school history teacher in Newport News and Hampton, Va., retiring in 1980. She returned to Old Orchard Beach, where she lived until her death.
Mrs. Smith's first marriage, to Judge Alpha LeVon Montgomery, ended in divorce. Her second husband, Clarence A. Smith, died in 1967.
Survivors include a daughter from the first marriage, Ann Le Vonne Montgomery Harris of Old Orchard Beach; a grandson; a sister; and a brother.
Howard Lee Cook Jr.
Howard Lee Cook Jr., 71, a lobbyist with the American Medical Association and the American Retail Federation, died of complications from pneumonia Aug. 6 at Manor Care in Bethesda.
A native of Albany, N.Y., Mr. Cook moved at an early age to the Washington area. He graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1950, then the University of Maryland in 1954.
For many years after college, Mr. Cook assisted his father-in-law, William Prescott Allen, in publishing a county newspaper, the Bethesda Tribune.
In 1955, he joined the Montgomery County government as assistant to the director of civil defense before becoming clerk to the county council in 1959. In 1962, he joined the congressional relations staff of the U.S. Post Office Department and later became deputy director of the department's regional office, which supervised postal operations in the District, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
During his tenure at the Post Office Department, he was placed on loan to the White House to help with advance work on several of President Lyndon B. Johnson's trips overseas, including to Australia and New Zealand.
A lifelong Democrat, Mr. Cook worked for a number of Maryland political campaigns, including those of his longtime friend Del. Sheila E. Hixson (D-Montgomery). He attended eight Democratic National Conventions, although he was unable to attend the most recent convention in Boston because of his health.
Mr. Cook left the federal government in 1967 to become a lobbyist for the American Medical Association until joining the American Retail Federation as its executive vice president. After leaving the ARF, he worked on the staff of a House Post Office subcommittee for several years before becoming a private government relations consultant.
His wife of 39 years, Carolyn Allen Cook, died in 1993.
Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Caldwell of Trenton, N.J., Cathy McCoskey of Castle Rock, Colo., and Laura Holmes of Bethesda; a sister, Helen Mary Cook of Germantown; and six grandchildren.
Aloysius T. Newman
The Rev. Aloysius T. Newman, 81, a retired Catholic priest who worked at many Southern Maryland parishes during the past 50 years, died Aug. 2 at Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in La Plata. He had heart disease.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was educated St. Mary's College in Kentucky. Father Newman came to Washington in 1954 and first worked as an assistant pastor at three parishes: the Immaculate Conception parish in the District from 1954 to 1961; St. John the Evangelist in Clinton from 1961 to 1965; and Christ the King parish in Silver Spring from 1965 to 1967.
His first pastorship followed at Holy Face Church in Great Mills, where he served for three years. His subsequent jobs as pastor were at Holy Ghost in Issue, 1970 to 1971; St. John Vianney in Prince Frederick, from 1971 to 73; St. Catherine's in McConchie from 1974 to 1976 and St. Ignatius in Hill Top from 1976 to 1979; Sacred Heart Church in La Plata from 1979 to 1986 on special assignment; and finally St. Mary's in Newport from 1986 to 1993 as pastor.
Father Newman retired in 1993, but continued to assist with parishes in Southern Maryland and in May celebrated 50 years as an ordained priest.
Father Newman volunteered with the Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, the Charles County Mobile Intensive Care Unit and, from the late 1980s until his death, as chaplain with the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen's Association and the Charles County Association of Emergency Medical Services. In 1994, he was appointed an assistant chaplain of the Maryland State Firemen's Association, and in June he was inducted into the association's Hall of Fame.
Survivors include two sisters, Catherine Hopkins of Belle Harbor, N.Y., and Margaret Wallwork of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Allan Whitlock Markham
Allan Whitlock Markham, 72, an attorney who specialized in aviation law and public service, died after an apparent heart attack July 16 at his country home in Morgan County, W.Va.
A resident of Washington for the past 35 years and a longtime member of the Massachusetts Avenue Heights Citizens Association, Mr. Markham worked for the military, state and federal governments, private law firms and finally his own practice.
Born in Charlottesville, Mr. Markham grew up in Chapel Hill, N.C. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and later from its law school, in 1961. Between college and law school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator and served on the aircraft carrier Hornet in the Pacific. He remained an officer in the Naval Air Reserve thereafter, and in 1968, 10 years after his initial service had ended, he was recalled to active duty as aircraft maintenance officer with a squadron of fighters during the Vietnam era, leaving with the rank of commander.
As assistant professor of public law and assistant director of the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina, he trained graduate students and local and state officeholders. He next served in state government as a division director in the Department of Community Colleges for the North Carolina State Board of Education.
In 1969, he came to Washington as administrative assistant to Rep. Nick Galifianakis, a Democrat from North Carolina, and later that year joined the Federal Aviation Administration. From his initial position as attorney adviser on the legislative staff of the Office of General Counsel, he became special assistant to the executive secretary in the office of the FAA administrator. His working knowledge of aviation, governance and the law made him a natural for legislative drafting, policy advice and liaisons with Congress and with general counsels elsewhere in government.
Upon leaving the FAA, he joined the Washington firm of Sellers, Conner & Cuneo to work on transportation matters. A further move to the firm of Armour, Herrick, Allen, Hill and Bailey allowed him to concentrate on aviation, a focus that he kept when he later formed his own practice.
Following retirement in 2001, Mr. Markham was active in several railroad historical groups and was a supporter of St. Luke's Shelter for homeless men and the Guy Mason Recreation Center.
His marriage to Nancy Edwards ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Margaret Drury Markham of Washington; four children from his first marriage, Janet Leigh Conviser of Las Vegas, Diane Carter Howey of Brandon, S.D., Jerri Elizabeth Franco of Atlanta and David Allan Markham of Charlotte; and eight grandchildren.
Caroline F. Kelso
Volunteer, Church Member
Caroline F. Kelso, 70, an Arlington homemaker, church member and volunteer, died of pneumonia Aug. 4 at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington. She also had breast cancer.
Mrs. Kelso was born in Shenandoah, Va., and moved to Arlington as a child. She graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1952 and from Bob Jones University in 1957.
She spent a year in the Campus Crusade for Christ in California, then returned to Arlington and worked briefly as a secretary at the Pentagon. After marrying, she resigned and began raising her family.
Mrs. Kelso was a lifelong member of Cherrydale Baptist Church in Arlington and volunteered with its Marriage Mentors. She also was a volunteer at Virginia Hospital Center.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Robert J. Kelso of Arlington; two daughters, Anne Loflin of Greensboro, N.C., and Lynn Williams of Ashburn; two sisters; a brother; and eight grandchildren.
Harry B. Mundy
Secret Service Agent
Harry B. Mundy, 91, a former Secret Service agent and Washington police officer, died of renal failure July 27 at an Oklahoma City long-term care facility.
Mr. Mundy, a native Washingtonian who lived in the District until after his 1975 retirement, served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific. He worked for the Metropolitan Police Department, then joined the Secret Service and worked most of his career at the White House.
He was a private pilot, a golfer and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Loyal Order of Moose.
His marriage to Marie Snider ended in divorce. His second wife, Kathryn Luce, died in 1990.
Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Ethel Juliette Carroway of Oklahoma City; a stepson, Kirk Luce of Franconia, N.H.; a stepdaughter, Anetta Luce of Australia; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.