Daniel Hurson's obituary Oct. 28 used the wrong middle initial. It is L., not J. (Published 10/29/04)
Daniel J. Hurson
Daniel J. Hurson, 84, a former president of Acacia Life Insurance Co., died Oct. 25 of pneumonia at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla. He was a former resident of Gaithersburg.
Mr. Hurson was born in Washington and lived in Kensington and Gaithersburg until 2000. He graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1938 and received a bachelor of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University in 1942. He received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1948.
He was a B-17 pilot during World War II and flew 51 missions with the 15th Army Air Force over Europe. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.
He joined Acacia in 1947 as an assistant to the president and later became second vice president and general comptroller. In 1967, at 47, he became the third president of the company and its youngest. In 1969, he also became chairman of the board.
Under his leadership, Acacia rose to the top 5 percent of life insurance companies in the nation. Mr. Hurson retired in 1983 but was called back to serve as interim president, chief executive and chairman of the Acacia Group for 1987 and 1988.
Mr. Hurson served on the boards of directors of National Savings and Trust Co., Pepco and Georgetown University and was president of the Life Office Management Association. He was active with the D.C. Rotary Club, the Board of Trade, Burning Tree Club and the Metropolitan Club.
He had lived in Fort Myers since 2000.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary Adams Hurson of Fort Myers; four children, Daniel J. Hurson of Davidsonville, John Adams Hurson of Bethesda, Matthew E. Hurson of Gaithersburg and Fred P. Hurson of Fort Myers; and 13 grandchildren.
Edward Franklin Fry
Edward Franklin Fry, 87, a former Bethesda home builder, died of septic shock Oct. 3 at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Fry was born in Tuscarora. His parents died when he was young, and he was raised in Point of Rocks by his grandparents and an aunt and uncle. He graduated from Frederick High School and received a degree in commercial science from Strayer College in the District in 1940.
Before World War II, he was an accountant for a contractor that was working for the Army Corps of Engineers to build an airstrip on Surinam in anticipation of the war. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was a second lieutenant in the South Pacific.
After the war, he became a home builder and real estate investor. He owned and operated the companies Edward F. Fry Insurance and Edward F. Fry Building, as well as the Cordell Sandwich Shop in Bethesda. After his retirement in 1981, he and his wife enjoyed travel, including cruises.
He was an honorary member of the Kenwood Gold and Country Club in Bethesda, a member of the Francis Scott Key Post 11 of the American Legion, a patron of the Point of Rocks Historical Society and a lifelong member of the St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Point of Rocks. A social hall he built for the church is dedicated to his memory.
His first marriage, to Mary Gore, ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Gertrude Brown Fry of Adamstown.
Jacob H. Douma
Jacob "Jake" H. Douma, 92, who headed the Hydraulics/Hydrology Branch of the Army Corps of Engineers, died Oct. 4 at Reston Hospital Center in Reston as a result of a lung infection. He had lived in Great Falls for the past 53 years.
Mr. Douma was born in Hanford, Calif., where his interest in hydraulics was sparked by such boyhood tasks as watering his father's alfalfa fields. He received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1935.
He went to work for the Corps of Engineers immediately after graduation and was assigned to the Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Miss. He built model tunnels for the Hoover Dam in Denver, then moved to the corps' Los Angeles District in 1939.
He was transferred to the Office of the Chief of Engineers in Washington in 1946. He became chief of the Hydraulics Design Branch in 1961 and in 1975 was appointed chief of the combined Hydraulics/Hydrology Branch. His duties included the final review and approval of all hydraulic design and research programs in the United States.
He was the corps' top technical adviser to the engineer divisions and districts and hydraulic laboratories. He was involved with hydraulic planning, research, design and operation of multipurpose dams, flood control channels, inland waterways, navigation locks and dams and coastal engineering projects.
Mr. Douma also consulted with foreign governments and engineering and construction firms around the world. He also made significant contributions to engineering science, including the design for spiral, super-elevated, high-velocity flood channels and sloping bridge nose piers to reduce flow constrictions and shed trash.
He retired in 1979 but continued as a consulting engineer until 1991, thus ending 61 years of involvement in hydraulic engineering that began when he enrolled at Berkeley in 1930. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1971 and was inducted into the corps' Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees in 1982.
His wife, Allene Vartia Douma, died in 2002.
Survivors include two sons, Mark Douma of Great Falls and Allen Douma of Ashland, Ore.; and a grandson.
Joseph F. Balsamo
Restaurateur and Medical Courier
Joseph F. Balsamo, 67, a stem cell and bone marrow transporter and former restaurant owner, died of acute gallstone pancreatitis Oct. 22 at Georgetown University Hospital. He had lived in Potomac for more than 40 years.
Mr. Balsamo had traveled throughout the world for the last four years transporting stem cells and bone marrow for Quick International Courier and Speeedy Courier Service.
He was the owner of the Pike Pub, later known as Papa Joe's, in Rockville in the 1970s. He then became the owner of Joey's Restaurant in Clarendon and Hot Dogs Ltd. in Arlington until the late 1980s. He went into semi-retirement in the early 1990s.
A Washington native, he attended Archbishop John Carroll High School and graduated from Anacostia High School. He attended the University of Maryland.
He worked for about three years as a truck driver for the Canada Dry bottling company. He also was in sales at Tom's Chevrolet in Wheaton and Landgreen Realty in Rockville before becoming a restaurateur.
Mr. Balsamo was a member of Norbeck Country Club and a lifelong devoted Washington Redskins and Washington Senators fan. He was an accomplished golfer who in retirement played every moment he could. He also enjoyed playing gin rummy.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Esther E. Balsamo of Potomac; three children, Gary Balsamo of Potomac, Joseph B. "Joey" Balsamo of Bethesda and Harry Balsamo of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and four grandchildren.