Rose-Marie Chapman

Landscape Architect

Rose-Marie deFoix Edmunds Chapman, 90, a landscape architect, died of cancer Oct. 25 at her Washington home.

Mrs. Chapman, a native of Philadelphia, moved to Washington during World War II. She worked as a radio-engineering analyst for the Bureau of Ships in the Navy Department. After the war, she co-founded the New Scotland Garden Club and, with Sarah Satterlee Yerkes, established the landscape architecture firm of Edmunds and Hitchcock.

Their projects included the 2nd District police station in the District, which received recognition from Lady Bird Johnson's beautification program. They also designed the garden for the Christian Heurich House in Northwest Washington, then the Historical Society of Washington, as well as a number of other Washington gardens. She retired in 1970.

Mrs. Chapman served on the board of the Hospital for Sick Children. Among her civic projects were the improvement of the Hyde School playground and revitalization of the Volta Street Park.

Later she spearheaded the effort to place a plaque at Lafayette Square to recognize those, including her husband, architect Grosvenor Chapman, who were responsible for preserving the historic buildings on Jackson Place.

Mrs. Chapman had a wonderful sense of humor and loved animals. As "first mate" on the family boat, she served up gourmet food and fun for relatives and friends. The Chapmans were noted Washington party-givers. Among the most memorable was a Halloween party where, as "Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Ware," they hid drinks in a coffin and commissioned a headless horseman to welcome their guests. She dined with Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh in New York, arriving to find the hero of flight up on a ladder changing a light bulb. On a trip around the world, she also dined with the King of Siam.

Mrs. Chapman was a member of the Sulgrave, Cosmos and Chevy Chase clubs.

Her husband of 56 years died in 1993.

Survivors include a son, Alexander Kenyon Chapman of Arlington; a daughter, Eleanor Chapman Preston of Bethesda; and a granddaughter.

Adele Schwartz Bindeman


Adele Schwartz Bindeman, 88, a volunteer, died of acute leukemia Oct. 29 at her daughter's home in Chevy Chase. She was a Chevy Chase resident.

Mrs. Bindeman was a volunteer for Sibley Hospital and a member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation's Sisterhood. She also was a member of the congregation's Prime Timers. Until two years ago, she had an apartment in West Palm Beach, Fla. She volunteered in the West Palm Beach Public Defender's Office in the mid-1970s.

"She was the kindest, gentlest person. She was a fabulous listener," said her niece, Martha Bindeman. "All generations would go to her for advice and comfort. The epitome of unconditional love, that was her."

Born in New York, Mrs. Bindeman married Ben Bindeman in 1949 and moved to Washington. After her husband died in 1965, she married Jack Winston of Washington in 1969. He died in 1979.

She is survived by a daughter from her first marriage, Sherry Bindeman Kahn of Chevy Chase; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Michael Joel Milton


Michael Joel Milton, 66, a Washington lawyer who specialized in the financing of multifamily and health care facilities, died Oct. 23 at his home in Buena Vista, Colo., after a heart attack.

During a 20-year career with Krooth & Altman in Washington, Mr. Milton primarily focused on representing owners, lenders and investment bankers involved in the federal government's Section 8 housing program. He retired this summer to a mountain home in Buena Vista that he and his companion, Judy Schaefer, had built.

Mr. Milton, who was born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring, attended Montgomery Blair High School before graduating from Philip Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

He entered Harvard University but left early to serve in the Navy, which included time aboard the amphibious force command ship USS Pocono during the 1958 military intervention in Lebanon.

He returned to Harvard, completing an undergraduate degree there in 1961 and a law degree in 1965.

Mr. Milton began his career in a Baltimore law practice with lawyer Sheldon Braiterman. In the 1970s, Mr. Milton became an assistant attorney general in Maryland's Department of Economic and Community Development.

He also worked as an investment banker for a securities firm and as an attorney and program specialist for the Housing and Urban Development's Office of State Agency and Bond-Financed Housing.

Among his passions were poetry and birding. He traveled widely to view birds and served as an officer of the D.C. Audubon Society.

He also helped found and organize an annual C&O Canal winter bird count.

His marriage to Toby Kraus ended in divorce.

In addition to his companion, of Buena Vista, survivors include two children, Susan Gannon of Seattle and David J. Milton of New York; a brother, Daniel J. Milton of Vienna; and a grandson.

Edith Pobst Peterson

Nurse and Minister

The Rev. Edith Pobst Peterson, 87, a private-duty nurse and minister who made 17 overseas trips in 25 years as a missionary, died of a stroke and dementia Oct. 22 at Woodbine Nursing Home in Alexandria.

She helped open Christ for the World Bible School in Afuze, Edo state in Nigeria during one of her trips with Christ for the World Fellowship.

Born in West Virginia, Mrs. Peterson graduated from Garfield Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Washington in 1938. She became a private-duty nurse and worked while raising her family.

After her husband's death, she went to Rhema Bible School in Oklahoma, earned a ministry degree there in 1988 and began her world travels. She was a Falls Church resident until she became ill at the beginning of the year.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution's John Alexander chapter and the chaplain for the Order of St. Luke.

Her husband, Carl H. Peterson, died in 1971.

Survivors include a son, William D. Peterson of Morris Plains, N.J.; a daughter, Catherine Clark of Alexandria; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.