Theodore D. Schultz

Theoretical Physicist

Theodore D. Schultz, 75, a research scientist and education advocate, died Sept. 20 of cancer at Washington Home Hospice. He lived in Washington.

After 32 years with IBM in New York, Dr. Schultz came to Washington in 1992 as a program officer with the National Sciences Resource Center. He held a simultaneous position with the National Research Council, part of the National Academy of Sciences. From 1996 to 2001, he was with the department of education and outreach at the American Physical Society.

He was one of the contributors to "Resources for Teaching Elementary School Science," a work published in 1996 by the National Academy of Sciences. He was later an advocate for science education, believing that children would be drawn to science if exposed to it from an early age. In particular, he recommended that experienced scientists contribute their expertise to elementary schools. At the American Physical Society, Dr. Schultz directed the Teacher Scientist Alliance Institute, which trained scientists and educators in science education programs.

He was born in Chicago and, in his teens, was a contestant on a radio quiz show, "Quiz Kids." He attended Deep Springs College, an experimental two-year college in the California desert, and graduated from Cornell University. He received a doctorate in theoretical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

From 1960 to 1992, he was a theoretical research physicist at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. In the 1960s and 1970s, he also had one-year teaching assignments at Syracuse University, New York University and the University of Munich. He did post-doctoral work at the University of Illinois and at the University of Birmingham in Great Britain.

Dr. Schultz wrote more than 40 scientific papers and chapters in books. He published a book, "Quantum Field Theory and the Many-Body Problem," in 1964.

He was a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Dr. Schultz was a skilled pianist and cellist. His interests included music, photography, architecture, sailing, tennis and bridge. His design of his family's house in Ossining, N.Y., was featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine in 1969.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Almut Schultz of Washington; two daughters, Andrea Schultz of New York and Jennifer Schultz of Sunnyvale, Calif.; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Robert E. Wilson

Weapons Engineer

Robert E. Wilson, 87, an aeronautical engineer who worked for the Department of the Navy, died Sept. 7 of cardiovascular disease at Sibley Memorial Hospital. His primary home for the past 20 years was Macon, Ga., but he had spent much of the past two years with his daughter in Washington.

Dr. Wilson designed weapons systems for the old Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, where he worked from 1953 to 1974. In 1960, he was named chief of NOL's Aero- and Hydroballistics Directorate and later served as acting technical director.

The NOL merged in 1974 with another laboratory to form the Naval Surface Weapons Center in Dahlgren, Va. Dr. Wilson was head of that laboratory's Weapons Systems Department when he retired in 1976.

He received the Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Department of Defense, the military's highest honor for civilian employees. He also taught courses in aeronautical engineering at the University of Maryland and George Washington University.

Dr. Wilson was born in Eatonton, Ga., and grew up in St. Petersburg, Fla. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's degree in aeronautics, both from Georgia Tech University. During World War II, he worked for United Aircraft Corp. in East Hartford, Conn., where he participated in projects to develop helicopters and jet propulsion mechanisms for airplanes. He was exempted from military service because, as his supervisor wrote in an official letter in 1943, "No other man at United Aircraft is doing his kind of work."

After the war, he received a doctorate in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas.

He lived in Silver Spring for many years and was a member of the Cosmos Club.

After his retirement in 1976, Dr. Wilson moved to Hilton Head, S.C. In the early 1980s, he moved to Macon to take a faculty position at Mercer University, where he taught engineering for a number of years.

His wife of 45 years, Helen D. Wilson, died in 1988.

Survivors include four children, Robert E. Wilson Jr. of Miller Place, N.Y., Mary J. Wilson of Washington, Stephen H. Wilson of Potomac and Dana M. Wilson of Macon; and five grandchildren.

Warren E. Howard

Copy Editor and Union Activist

Warren E. Howard, 72, a former Washington Star copy editor who was an influential leader in the Newspaper Guild, a union representing editorial and commercial workers, died of pulmonary fibrosis Sept. 30 at Washington Hospital Center. He had lived in Washington.

Mr. Howard's career at the Star began in 1968, when he joined its central copy desk. He later worked as a copy editor on the national desk and then a copy editor for its wire service before the afternoon newspaper closed its doors in 1981.

Throughout most of his time at the Star, Mr. Howard held leadership positions in the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. He served as a member of the local executive committee from 1969 to 1975 and was president of the local guild in 1974 and 1975, when pressman at The Washington Post went on strike.

He also served three years as the guild's Mid-Atlantic Region International vice president. During his tenure there, he helped create the guild's Human Rights Committee and served as its chairman.

He was named Guildman of the Year in 1974.

Mr. Howard was born in McGaheysville, a small Virginia town in the Shenandoah Valley.

After graduating from high school, he joined the Air Force and served as an airman for four years before beginning his career in journalism.

In 1966, he worked as sports editor for the Pottstown (Pa.) Mercury newspaper. He helped organize advertising and editorial employees as a guild unit and subsequently was fired.

After the Star closed, Mr. Howard worked at U.S. News & World Report and Air Transport World Magazine. He retired in 1999.

His marriage to Helene L. Howard ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Diane K. Brockett of Washington; two daughters from his first marriage, Melanie McKnight of Norristown, Pa., and Melinda Hoagey of Perkiomenville, Pa.; a brother; a sister; and nine grandchildren.