Ruth Elaine Eisen
Teacher, White House Volunteer
Ruth Elaine Eisen, 61, a former teacher who later volunteered in the White House social office, died of a brain tumor Aug. 24 at her home in Bethesda.
A native Washingtonian, Mrs. Eisen attended Coolidge High School and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. She graduated from American University in 1964 and received a master's degree in special education from American in 1973.
She was a high school teacher in Milford, Conn., in the mid-1960s before returning to the Washington area. She taught special-needs students at Rock Creek Forest Elementary School in Chevy Chase and St. Ann's Academy in the District until the mid-1970s. She also taught at the nursery of the Greater Washington Jewish Community Center in Rockville.
She helped organize the annual azalea festival benefiting the Landon School in Bethesda, and in 1992 she chaired the annual fundraiser for the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda.
In 1993 and 1994, she was a volunteer in the White House social office, where she helped produce the annual Easter egg roll, Christmas parties, a jazz festival and other social functions.
Mrs. Eisen was a member of the advisory board of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes in Rockville and a member of Woodmont Country Club, where she served on the committee that planned social events.
She enjoyed travel, dancing, classical music and rock-and-roll.
Survivors include her husband since 1965, Charles Lee Eisen of Bethesda; two children, Scott Gordon Eisen and Lauren Brooke Eisen, both of New York; her mother, Jean Gordon of Rockville; and a brother, Robert Gordon of Potomac.
Hester Jane Johnson
Hester Jane Johnson, 102, a longtime Arlington resident and church volunteer, died of cancer Aug. 16 at the Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Triangle, N.Y., and moved with her family to La Junta, Colo., in 1919. Her father had tuberculosis and was advised to move to eastern Colorado for its cool, dry air.
She married Elmer J. Johnson in 1926 and moved with her husband, an agriculture educator, to Arlington in 1942. He worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior and later for what was then the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
During World War II, she was an air raid warden and Red Cross volunteer. Well into her nineties, she was active at Clarendon United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school secretary and with various women's groups. She also was active in the Lyon Park Women's Club and other organizations.
While living in Colorado, Mr. Johnson was involved in the creation of Future Farmers of America in 1928, and Mrs. Johnson helped him with FFA activities until his death in 1989.
Survivors include a son, Karl E. Johnson of Arlington; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Arthur A. Adler Jr.
Arthur A. "Buddy" Adler Jr., 59, an investment adviser and president of Asset Management Inc., died Aug. 26 in a car accident near Vallejo, Calif. He lived in Bethesda.
He was in California to attend a wedding, according to a family member.
Mr. Adler founded Asset Management Inc. in 1977. The Chevy Chase-based, $1.2 billion firm manages the portfolios of high-net-worth individuals and foundations.
Mr. Adler, a native Washingtonian, was the son of clothier Arthur Adler and Corinne Adler. He graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and Washington University in St. Louis. He received an MBA in finance from American University.
He began his investment career in 1969 at Bankers Trust Co. in New York doing mergers, acquisitions and venture capital. He then worked with Alex Brown & Sons for six years before founding Asset Management.
He was active in several civic associations as well as with Washington University. He was a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation, Woodmont Country Club and Big Horn Golf Club and was a former board member of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.
Mr. Adler enjoyed playing golf at his winter home in Palm Desert, Calif., and spending time at his home in Dewey Beach, Del.
His marriage to Deborah Wolff Adler ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of eight years, Linda G. Haft of Bethesda; two children from his first marriage, A. Alan Adler III and Andrew Adler, both of Washington; two stepchildren, Deborah Rappaport of Reston and Stacy Rappaport of Bethesda; and a brother, John Adler of Washington.