Ralph Kirk Eyster
Ralph Kirk Eyster, 97, for many years a financial analyst with the Securities and Exchange Commission, died Sept. 27 of kidney failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Eyster was born in Haddonfield, N.J., and received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1929. He lived in Paris for a couple of years after graduation, working in banking and travel before going to New York to take a position as a tax accountant with Guaranty Trust Co.
He also worked as chief of the tax division for Chemical Bank and as a tax adviser and estate administrator for S.W. Childs Management Co.
In 1943, he joined the Merchant Marine. He was a purser-pharmacist and something of an unofficial nurse aboard a merchant ship for a year before being put in charge of crew matters in Calcutta, Singapore and Shanghai.
In 1947, he joined the Department of the Army as a financial economist responsible for preparing reorganization plans for large monopolistic companies in Japan. He then supervised the actual reorganization effort. He also had sole responsibility for the liquidation of wartime financial institutions in Japan with assets of 400 billion yen.
From 1951 to 1961, Mr. Eyster was with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He administered a technical assistance study group in Washington responsible for determining best techniques and also served as the agency's executive officer in Tunisia, Laos, Indonesia and Burma.
In 1961, he moved to the SEC, where he was a financial analyst in the Division of Corporation Finance. His special assignments included a study of insurance companies and their compliance with securities laws, work with a study group examining the applicability of U.S. securities laws to foreign securities and a statistical and analytic study of real estate investment trusts. He also conducted a review of registrations by companies filing for the first time to determine if their filings should be expedited, refused review or reviewed in detail.
He retired as a senior financial analyst in 1977.
Mr. Eyster lived in Spain for two years and London for one year after his retirement. An avid hiker, he traveled a great deal and hiked in the Alps.
A resident of the area from 1961 until his death, he began spending winters in Honolulu 20 years ago. He continued to hike trails in Hawaii into his nineties. He also liked to sail and owned a boat on the Chesapeake Bay.
In Washington, he was a member of the University Club, and in the 1960s he served on the budget and membership committee of the city's Health and Welfare Council.
Mr. Eyster's first marriage, to Phoebe Parker Goodwin, ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Frances L. Eyster, of Bethesda; two daughters from his second wife whom he adopted, Cynthia Eyster of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Patricia Eyster of Bethesda; and four grandchildren.
Kathleen Margaret Srour
Volunteer, Church Member
Kathleen Margaret Srour, 85, a volunteer and a charter member of Capital Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, died Sept. 28 at her home in Potomac. She had myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder.
Mrs. Srour was born in Watford, England. She received an honors bachelor's degree in history from London University in 1941 at the height of World War II. Intending to follow in the footsteps of her college professor father, she taught history, English literature and Latin at Newbold College in Warwickshire for three years.
During the chaos of post-war England, however, she accepted an invitation to teach history at Washington Missionary College, now known as Columbia Union College, in Takoma Park. She expected to stay for only a year, but met her future husband Farid, who was one of her students. They married and began raising a family in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Srour later received a master's degree in history at University of Maryland. In the early 1960s, she was the business manager of her husband's budding real estate and development company, FS Peoples Realty Co., in Potomac. That gave her the opportunity to choose names for several well-known local communities and landmarks, including Windsor Hills, Windsor View Drive and Winston Churchill High School.
From about 1964 to 1974, Mrs. Srour worked as a substitute teacher in Montgomery County public schools, mostly at Potomac Elementary. Fluent in French, she was a driving force behind the Foreign Language in Elementary School program in the county's schools.
Mrs. Srour, who played the piano, served as president of the Sligo Music Club for many years. She also was active in the Metronomes and D.C. Federation of Music Clubs. She loved the arts and was an avid Shakespeare fan.
She served on the board of trustees at Columbia Union College. She was a member of Capital Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists for 40 years and served in many leadership positions. At the time of her death, she was director of music.
Mrs. Srour also volunteered at the Montgomery County jail in Rockville, where she tutored prisoners in English and resume writing.
In addition to her husband of 56 years, survivors include four children, Dr. M. Leila Srour of Santa Barbara, Calif., Dr. James Srour of York, Pa., and Dr. David Srour and Robert Srour, both of Potomac; a brother; and seven grandchildren.
Arthur F. DiGennaro
Former Police Deputy Chief
Arthur F. DiGennaro, 73, a former deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, died Sept. 19 of congestive heart failure. He had been a resident of Hyattsville for 46 years.
Mr. DiGennaro was born in Washington and graduated from McKinley Tech High School in 1949. He worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1949 to 1951 and served in the Army from 1951 to 1953.
He joined the Metropolitan police in 1953 and retired in 1977 as deputy chief. From 1980 to 1985, he was with the Prince George's County Police Department as the public information director. He later worked for the Prince George's County Sheriff's Department from 1985 to 1992. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.
Mr. DiGennaro was a past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council 5547 and a member of American Legion Post 136. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren, fishing and spending time at his beach house.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Maria Donna DiGennaro of Hyattsville; three sons, Patrick DiGennaro of Silver Spring, Tony DiGennaro and Terry DiGennaro, both of Mount Airy; a sister; three grandchildren and one step-grandchild.