The Nov. 11 obituary of Richard Tompkin Gustavson gave the wrong middle name. (Published 11/13/04)
Richard Thompson Gustavson
CIA Military Analyst
Richard Thompson Gustavson, 32, a military analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, died of cancer Nov. 8 at his home in Alexandria.
Mr. Gustavson spent his entire professional career with the CIA. He worked on some of the most serious national security issues of the day -- Chechnya, the Balkans and terrorism -- and his analyses were read by senior policymakers, including the president and members of Congress.
After Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Gustavson became one of the lead analysts on al Qaeda and the threat posed to U.S. military forces in Afghanistan. His analysis was credited by the CIA as helping to save the lives of American service members and bring to justice a number of senior al Qaeda terrorists. For his service in the Counterterrorism Center, Mr. Gustavson was given an award for outstanding achievement.
A statement released by the CIA said his colleagues admired his "almost instinctive grasp of military power, including its limits and political impact, [and praised] his tireless efforts to present timely, cogent and well-reasoned analyses."
Born in Boston, he graduated from Princeton University in 1994 and received a master's degree in national security studies from Georgetown University in 1996. He was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars in the District and the Society of Mayflower Descendants. He loved the military, U.S. and Roman history and all types of art. He loved to travel and explore new cultures.
Survivors include his mother, Eliza Ann Gustavson of Alexandria; his father, Richard Eric Gustavson of Ware, Mass.; and a sister.
George W. Schaffner
George W. Schaffner, 93, a mechanical engineer who became president of an electrical supply company, died Nov. 6 of congestive heart failure at Carriage Hill of Bethesda, a nursing facility. He lived in Silver Spring.
He came to the Washington area in 1936 and worked 45 years for Bradley Electro Sales Corp. in Washington, a firm that supplied transformers and large electrical equipment to power companies. He spent approximately 20 years as president of the company before retiring in 1981.
Mr. Schaffner was born in Philadelphia and received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team.
He had lived in Silver Spring since 1936. He enjoyed golf and was a member of Brooke Manor Country Club in Olney and Greencastle Country Club in Burtonsville.
His wife, Elizabeth Dobson Schaffner, died in 1984.
Survivors include two children, George P. Schaffner of Rockville and Janet Podgorski of Springfield; and five grandchildren.
Joseph M. 'Joe-Joe' Allen Jr.
Record Company Owner
Joseph Michael "Joe-Joe" Allen Jr., 32, who started a record company with his brother and two friends, died of a gunshot wound Nov. 3 at Prince George's Hospital Center. He was found shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Bowie, Prince George's County police said.
Mr. Allen, a native Washingtonian, graduated from McKinley Technical High School and attended Howard University. In 1995, he, his brother and two friends started Chocolate City Entertainment. The company hosted elaborate celebrity events and threw huge parties. Four years ago, he and his brother turned the business into Chocolate City Records Corp., where Mr. Allen served as chief executive.
Its first CD, by the Commission, was issued Nov. 9.
Survivors include his son, Javian Moore-Allen of Baltimore; his parents, Gloria Gaskin and Joseph Allen Sr. of Washington; his stepfather, William K. McCorkel of Washington; his brother, Shawn Allen of Washington; his half brother, Jonathan Allen of Washington; and his grandparents, Elizabeth and Lorenzo Powell of Washington.
Doug Rahikka, 50, an electrical engineer who had worked for the National Security Agency, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Nov. 5 at his home in Columbia, his family said.
Born in Summit, N.J., Mr. Rahikka graduated first in his class from Rutgers University in 1976 and received a master's degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1984 and a master's degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins in 1986.
He moved to Columbia in 1976 and worked 25 years for the NSA in cryptology. At the time of his death, he was working for BBN Technologies in Columbia.
He designed the modem used in almost 500,000 secure government telephones and developed wireless modems and researched a variety of voice coders used for wireless applications.
Mr. Rahikka taught classes at George Washington University, gave invited lectures at universities from Australia to Sweden and was the NSA's representative to a number of international committees and NATO groups working on secure voice standards and security. He was named a master engineer in the NSA's technical track, an honor accorded to the top 5 percent of its technical professionals.
He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, and Eta Kappa Nu, an electrical engineering honor society. He enjoyed camping, running, triathlons, swimming, biking and reading mysteries and World War II histories. He enjoyed dart tournaments with his office colleagues.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Rahikka of Catonsville; a twin brother, Bob Rahikka of Columbia; and a sister, Joan Peppers of Ellicott City.
James Armstrong Saltsman Jr.
Aeronautics Board Executive
James Armstrong Saltsman Jr., 86, a Civil Aeronautics Board manager, died Nov. 4 at Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda of complications from a stroke. He lived in Chevy Chase.
Mr. Saltsman was a native Washingtonian. He graduated from Western High School and from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., in 1939.
Immediately after college, he worked for the British Air Commission in Washington, supporting the delivery of American-built bombers to the Royal Air Force. In 1942, he became a captain in the Army Air Forces in the Air Transport Command.
After World War II, he joined the Civil Aeronautics Board, where he became deputy director of the Bureau of Operating Rights. He retired in 1981 as a charter member of the Senior Executive Service. He received the agency's Silver Medal for Meritorious Service.
He was a member and usher at Christ Episcopal Church in Kensington and a member of the Chevy Chase Club.
Survivors include his wife, Brooks J. Saltsman of Chevy Chase; two children, Richard H. Saltsman of Potomac and Anne S. Legg of Charlottesville; a sister; and four grandchildren.