Richard Keith Manuel

Company Vice President

Richard Keith Manuel, 64, a former Federal Housing Administration official who was a senior vice president with Potomac Partners LLC in Washington, died of an aortic aneurysm Sept. 13 at Washington Hospital Center. He had lived in Burtonsville before moving a month ago to Hedgesville, W.Va.

Mr. Manuel had 35 years of experience in mortgage banking, real estate finance and housing development and was considered an expert in federal housing programs.

He worked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1975 to 1985 and again from 1991 to 1997. During the latter years, Mr. Manuel held various senior management positions in HUD headquarters managing loan origination, insuring and quality control operations on a national basis. He also was the chief underwriter for all of FHA's single family programs.

He joined Potomac Partners in 2000 and worked there until two months ago. Before then, he was senior vice president at Greater Atlantic Mortgage Corp. in Fairfax, where he managed loan origination, underwriting and secondary market operations.

He also held various positions at James Madison Mortgage Co., starting as a branch manager in 1986 and leaving in 1991 as senior vice president for mortgage operations and secondary marketing.

Mr. Manuel was born in Paw Paw, W.Va. He attended Columbia Union College in Takoma Park and graduated from American University.

He began his career in 1970 working at the Washington Redevelopment Land Agency on projects to rebuild, rehabilitate and redevelop certain neighborhoods within the city. He was a board member and held committee positions with the Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington. He also was a member of the mortgage and finance committee of the Montgomery County Board of Realtors and served as an instructor for the group.

He received several awards, including the regional administrators award from HUD in 1985. He also was awarded the Federal Housing Administration Commissioner's Certificate of Merit for dedicated and exceptional performance, the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award for sustained excellence in meeting the department's mission and the Vice President's Hammer Award for making outstanding contributions to increasing the efficiency of federal housing programs.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanetta Marguerite Manuel, whom he married in 1963, of Hedgesville; two children, Michael Milton Manuel of Silver Spring and Traci Lin Cain of Phoenix, Md; and two sisters.

Betty B. Hill


Betty B. Hill, 82, a homemaker who was active in the Edsall Park Civic Association in Springfield, died Sept. 4 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She had cerebral vascular disease.

Mrs. Hill was a native Washingtonian and graduate of Eastern High School. She attended George Washington University. During the 1940s, she worked as head switchboard operator at FBI headquarters in Washington.

After moving to Springfield in the 1950s, she was active in the Edsall Park Civic Association and the Edsall Park Elementary School PTA.

Mrs. Hill lived in the Greenspring Village retirement community in Springfield.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Thurman Hill of Springfield; two children, Michael Hill of Gaithersburg and Deborah Vaughn of Purcellville; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Claire Maier


Claire Maier, 48, a pediatric physical therapist at Washington's Hospital for Sick Children from 1982 to 1989 and who most recently was a neuroscientist in Atlanta, died Aug. 20 at a hospital in Atlanta. She had respiratory and renal failure.

Dr. Maier was born in Cleveland and raised in Silver Spring, where she graduated from Kennedy High School. She was a biology graduate of Rutgers University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and trained in physical therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.

She moved to Atlanta from Silver Spring in 1989. In 1999, she received a doctorate in neuroscience from Emory University, where she also had a postdoctoral fellowship and published papers about the early detection of Parkinson's disease.

In the 1990s, she was a volunteer fact-checker for the television series "Highlander."

Survivors include her parents, Louis and Aholivah Maier of Silver Spring; and a brother, Martin Maier of Laurel.