William Richard Kreh
Navy Times Editor
William Richard Kreh, 76, retired editor of Navy Times, died Oct. 19 of lung cancer at the Casey House hospice in Rockville.
Mr. Kreh was born in Highland Park, Ill., and served in the Navy from 1946 to 1947, learning journalism. In 1954, he went to work for Army Times Publishing Co., which published Navy Times, among other papers. He rose through the ranks at Navy Times to become its second editor in chief.
When he retired in 1985, he was awarded the Navy's highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service Award, for devotion to journalistic excellence, insight into current events and improving Navy morale.
He also wrote a book, "Citizen Sailors, the Story of the Naval Reserve" (1969). After retirement, he continued to write a column for the Naval Reserve Association News.
Mr. Kreh belonged to the Navy League, the U.S. Naval Institute, the Naval Reserve Association and the Naval and Maritime Correspondents Circle. He was an honorary member of the Navy Band. He worked on the effort to memorialize the USS Utah at Pearl Harbor.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hosting family holidays, playing poker with neighbors, watching classic movies and ice hockey games, doing crossword puzzles and learning to surf the Internet.
His wife of 42 years, Beverly Ann Manley Kreh, died in 1990.
Survivors include four children, William James Kreh of Silver Spring, David Richard Kreh of Ramona, Calif., Deborah Lynn Isard of Gaithersburg and Donna Marie Greenleaf of Cambridge, Md.; a sister; and seven grandchildren.
John Howard Adamson
John Howard Adamson, 89, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, died Oct. 19 of cancer at Goodwin House West in Falls Church. He had lived in Arlington for 53 years before moving to Falls Church in 2002.
Mr. Adamson was born in Meyersdale, Pa., and graduated from Lehigh University in 1936 with an undergraduate degree in geology. During World War II, he was an Army captain with the 26th General Hospital. He served in North Africa, Italy and England and in 1944 was awarded the Purple Heart. He joined USGS in 1949 and retired in 1972 as chief hydrologist of the Ground Water Resources Division.
Early retirement allowed him to get deeply involved in Arlington civic activities. He served as volunteer, board member, treasurer and adviser for the Arlington Community Action Program, an anti-poverty agency that coordinates Head Start and other programs for children, seniors, the poor and ex-convicts. He will be honored with a lifetime achievement award next month.
He also held positions with Arlington PTA groups and served as president of the Williamsburg Civic Association. For 54 years, he was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Arlington, which gave him a lifetime award for outstanding service as a lay leader and instructor.
His wife of 62 years, Sally Weber Adamson, died in 2003.
Survivors include four children, Sally A. Burlingame of Louisville, Calif., Jane A. DeSelm of McLean, John H. Adamson III of Strasburg, Va., and Robert C. Adamson of Arlington; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Joseph Bernstein, 90, a certified public accountant who worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission for 43 years, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 2 at Virginia Hospital Center. He lived in Arlington.
Mr. Bernstein was born in East Harlem, in New York City, attended the College of the City of New York and graduated from George Washington University. He began working for the SEC in 1935, principally in the office of the chief accountant and in the Division of Corporation Finance, from which he retired as assistant director in 1978. In 1951, he was on loan to the investigatory staff of the House Appropriations Committee to study the relationship between the banking industry and various government agencies.
In the 1970s, Mr. Bernstein received the SEC's Distinguished Service Award.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Harriet S. Bernstein of Arlington; and two children, Steven Bernstein and Sally Madison, both of Fairfax.
Irene Roche O'Connell
Irene Roche O'Connell, 89, who worked for the federal government, volunteered with her church and a home for mothers and infants and raised five children, died of cancer Oct. 19 at her home in Silver Spring.
A daughter of Irish immigrants, Mrs. O'Connell was born in Pittsburgh and moved to Washington during the early years of the Great Depression. In 1935, she began working for Woodward & Lothrop in the data processing department. She then worked as a clerk-typist at the Bureau of Vital Statistics and the Department of the Interior until 1944. In later years, she was a census taker and a notary public.
Mrs. O'Connell volunteered for charities, including St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville, and also participated in the Sodality of St. Michael's Church in Silver Spring.
She and her family spent weekends and holidays in Thurmont, where Mrs. O'Connell was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Joseph D. O'Connell of Silver Spring; five children, Jean M. Calder and Elizabeth H. Wassner of Silver Spring, Joseph D. O'Connell Jr. of Gaithersburg, Michael P. O'Connell of Charleston, S.C., and Mary Louise O'Connell of Ridgefield, Conn.; a sister; 13 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.