Elizabeth Dean Frederick
Gift Shop Manager
Elizabeth Dean Frederick, 95, who helped establish and manage the gift shop at her retirement community, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 1 at her home in The Fairfax in Fort Belvoir.
She was born in Providence, R.I., and graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois. She received a master's degree in romance languages from Brown University. For 40 years, she worked as the buyer of greeting cards and toys for several shops in Providence.
She was one of the first residents to move into The Fairfax, a retirement community for military officers and their spouses, in 1989. She was honored with a plaque at The Fairfax for her volunteer work in the gift shop.
Her husband, Lt. Col. Charles E. Frederick, was killed in World War II in 1943.
Survivors include three sons, Dean, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Glennard, of Harvard, Mass., and Kenneth, of Wintergreen, Va.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Leo Gerhard Bruno Welt
Trade, Finance Expert
Leo Gerhard Bruno Welt, 70, an international trade and finance expert, died of cancer Aug. 5 at his home in Washington.
He was born in Berlin, Germany. His father, who was Jewish, died in a concentration camp during World War II, and his mother and a sister were killed when the Russians occupied the city in 1945. Mr. Welt and his brothers lived in an orphanage and were sent to the United States by Catholic Charities in 1950.
Adopted by a New York City couple, Mr. Welt graduated from Princeton University and went to work in 1958 as an executive trainee with International Paper Co. He became manager for overseas development for the firm and later did similar work for Weyerhaeuser and Rockwell International.
He moved to Chicago with Weyerhaeuser in 1964 and four years later founded his own consulting firm, which he operated until 1995. He advised corporate clients, including International Harvester, Dresser Industries, Colgate-Palmolive, Amoco and Hyatt on trade relations with state-controlled economies of the former Soviet Union, East Bloc nations, China and Vietnam.
In 1977, Mr. Welt moved to Washington and in 1980 he founded and became president of Potomac Exchange, a biweekly luncheon for corporate executives to meet new foreign ambassadors. He also founded and was president of the German-American Business Council.
He wrote seven books, dozens of newsletters, hundreds of articles and taught more than 50 seminars on international trade and finance.
Mr. Welt received the Presidential E-Award for exports to Eastern Europe in 1975. He won the Presidential E-Star Award in 1986 for continued excellence in export promotion. He also was awarded the National Defense Industrial Association's Silver Medal for distinguished service.
His marriage to Johanna Welt ended in divorce.
Survivors include his companion, Jane Cicala of Washington; and two children, Sabina Margaret Welt of New York City and Leo Gerhard "Bruno" Welt Jr. of Toronto.
Ellen Bernadette Kearns Ripley
Ellen Bernadette Kearns Ripley, 83, an actress who taught children the joys and disciplines of the creative arts, died of lymphoma Aug. 5 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She was a Chevy Chase resident for the last 35 years.
Mrs. Ripley combined her passions for children and theater by volunteering at the Wesley United Methodist Church, where for 20 years she was the director of the Creative Arts Day Camp; tutored students in academics, drama and music; and provided scholarships to many children of single parents.
She was born in Blantyre, Scotland, and immigrated to the United States with her parents and 10 siblings at age 3. The family lived first in New Kensington, Pa., then settled in Edgewater, N.J.
As a child, she auditioned for NBC and CBS for the radio show "Let's Pretend." She went on to perform on the "Horn & Hardart Radio Hour" at New York's Radio City Music Hall as Sandy Douglas, her stage name.
She earned a bachelor's degree at Columbia University and married, then moved to Chevy Chase.
Her husband, Kenneth C. Ripley, whom she married in 1948, died in 1987.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Eisinger of Richmond and Jane O'Donnell of Chevy Chase; one brother; eight grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.