Geraldine Redden Shaw

Government Secretary

Geraldine Redden Shaw, 83, a former government secretary, died Oct. 28 at her home in Cabin John of injuries from a fall.

Mrs. Shaw was born in Cabin John and lived in the community all her life. As a youngster, she attended the newly built Clara Barton Elementary School. Her children attended the same school some 35 years later, and for 10 years she was a school trustee.

She graduated from Strayers Business College and began her career before World War II at the Washington Navy Yard. After the war, she transferred to the David Taylor Model Basin for Naval Research. She worked for the Navy for 18 years and was transferred to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda in 1972. She retired in 1986.

As a resident of Cabin John, Mrs. Shaw was concerned about commercialization and development of the community. She and her husband served on the executive committee of the Cabin John Citizens Association and often opposed rezoning requests from all types of developers.

She also was a longtime elder of the historic Herman Presbyterian Church on Persimmon Tree Road, where her paternal great-grandmother was a charter member. Six generations of her family have been members.

Mrs. Shaw's husband, Winthrop Shaw, died in 2000.

Survivors include two children, Karen Shaw Howe and Stephen Gregory Shaw, both of Silver Spring; and three grandchildren.

Norman E. Warner

Foreign Service Officer

Norman E. Warner, 83, a retired Foreign Service officer, died Oct. 30 of complications from pulmonary and heart disease at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. He had lived in Bethesda since 1966 and moved to Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg in 1991.

Mr. Warner was born in North English, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1942. He enlisted in the Army that year and served as an interpreter in the European theater from 1942 to 1945. His Army division was the Civil Affairs Military Government.

After his discharge in 1946, he joined the Foreign Service and was assigned to the U.S. consulate in Antwerp, Belgium. He went on to serve in U.S. embassies in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, the Congo and Haiti. He later served as Haitian desk officer for the State Department in Washington and concluded his 34-year government career working briefly in economic development with the Office of Economic Opportunity. He retired in 1974.

While most of his adult life was involved with foreign affairs, Mr. Warner in his later years became an avid student of history and nature. He enjoyed hiking and camping along the C&O Canal and the Appalachian Trail and participating in archaeological digs. He also performed community volunteer work.

Mr. Warner's wife of 60 years, Lorraine Loucks Warner, died in 2002.

Survivors include three children, Robert Warner of Columbia, Catherine Larson of San Diego and Dean Warner of Brandon, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arthur F. Young

Census Bureau Official

Arthur F. Young, 79, a retired Census Bureau division chief who was credited with the development of one of the largest regularly administered surveys on the nation's housing, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 12 at his home in Temple Hills.

Mr. Young helped develop the Annual Housing Survey, which in 1984 became the American Housing Survey. Over the years, the survey has collected information from a fixed sample of 50,000 homes on everything from real estate taxes to garbage collection.

The data provide a measurement of housing quality as well as a snapshot of housing trends across the country and selected metropolitan areas.

Mr. Young, a New York native and World War II Air Forces veteran, began his career at the Census Bureau in Washington two years after graduating from Cornell University in 1950.

He started in the field division, where he rose to assistant chief for field inspection. He helped develop questionnaires and trained census interviewers. He also served as regional supervisor of the New York office during the 1960 Census.

That same year, he was transferred to the agency's housing division and was promoted to chief two years later. His expertise in housing statistics led the Wall Street Journal to dub him "Dr. Numbers."

Mr. Young retired in 1984 but continued to do consulting work on census planning.

His wife of 49 years, Anne L. Young, died in 1999.

Survivors include six children, Arthur G. Young of Woodbridge, Alan E. Young of Springfield, Arlana F. Young of Hohenfels, Germany, Andrea J. Young of Portland, Ore., Amy E. Waye of Silver Spring and Austin D. Young of New York; and eight grandchildren.