Franklin M. Sharpnack

FAA Exhibit Specialist

Franklin M. Sharpnack, 86, a retired graphic artist and exhibit specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration, died of a stroke and heart disease Nov. 7 at Renaissance Gardens at Riderwood Village, a nursing home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Sharpnack started as a draftsman at the FAA and later used his graphic art skills to design exhibits for the agency. He also set up the exhibits at air shows and conventions here and abroad. He retired in 1996.

He was born in Charleroi, Pa., and graduated from California State Teachers College in California, Pa. He then taught school for the Blawnox school system near Pittsburgh before going to work for the Blaw-Knox Steel Co. During World War II, Mr. Sharpnack served in the Army as a clerk in the Philippines. He came to the Washington area after the war and worked with the Maritime Commission. In 1949, he joined the Civil Aeronautics Administration, a precursor to the FAA, in Indianapolis.

He returned in 1952 to the Washington area, living in Silver Spring and then, beginning in 1955, in Glenmont. He had lived at Riderwood since 2001. He was a member of Glenmont United Methodist Church.

Mr. Sharpnack was a life member of the National Chrysanthemum Society, a member of the Potomac Chrysanthemum Society, an associate member of the Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society and a member of the National Orchid Society. He had a key role in starting Brookside Gardens in Wheaton.

His wife of 54 years, Virginia M. Sharpnack, died in 1996.

Survivors include two children, Franklin M. Sharpnack II of Olney and Patricia E. Sharpnack of Lansing, Mich.; and a granddaughter.

Roberta Long Campbell

Geriatric Nurse Educator

Roberta Long Campbell, 60, a nurse who spent the past two years as a geriatric nurse educator at Carroll Manor nursing home in Washington, where she taught staff members how to care for the elderly, died Nov. 14 at her home in Silver Spring. She had cancer.

Dr. Campbell was born in Washington and spent her high school years in Hopewell, southeast of Richmond.

Before settling in the Washington area two years ago, she spent much of her nursing career in the Philadelphia area. From 1989 to 2001, she participated in many research studies at the University of Pennsylvania evaluating nursing protocols for treating the elderly.

She was a 1966 biology graduate of Mary Baldwin College. She also received a master's degree in nursing from New York Medical College in 1968, a master's degree in nursing education from Villanova University in 1990 and a doctorate in gerontological nursing research from Penn in 2001.

She co-wrote articles for nursing periodicals and one for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

She was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church and its choir.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, retired Air Force Capt. J.R. "Jim" Campbell Jr. of Silver Spring; two daughters, Tara Campbell Herrera of Riverside, Calif., and Regan H. Campbell of Panama City Beach, Fla.; her mother, Grace L. Long of Moneta, Va.; a sister, Margaret L. Hager of Moneta; and two brothers, James E. Long Jr. of Sayre, Okla., and the Rev. Canon Robert H. Long of Spartanburg, S.C.

Thomas Gordon Crouch


Thomas Gordon Crouch, 94, a longtime Arlington lawyer, died of kidney failure Nov. 13 at the Asbury Place nursing home in Johnson City, Tenn. He moved to Johnson City in 2003.

Mr. Crouch was born in the District and spent his early youth in Herndon and Arlington. He graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington in 1928 and received his undergraduate degree and his law degree in 1936, both from Southeastern University in Washington.

A certified public accountant, he was an Internal Revenue Service agent from 1936 to 1942, when he joined the Naval Reserve as a lieutenant. On active duty from 1942 to 1946, he received his discharge in 1952, with the rank of lieutenant commander.

He practiced law with Crouch & Crouch from 1946 until his retirement in 1987. He was a longtime Arlington resident.

He was a member of the American Bar Association as well as bar associations in Arlington and the District. He also was a member of Cherrydale Lodge 42 A.F.&A.M., Scottish Rite, Kena Temple of Fairfax and Court 162 Royal Order of Jesters in Alexandria. He was commodore of Kena Temple Yacht Club and a longtime member of the Washington Golf & Country Club in Arlington.

His first wife, Minrose Langford Crouch, died in 1980. His second wife, Ruth Crouch, died in 2004.

Survivors include a son from the first marriage, Thomas Hafford Crouch of Johnson City; three stepchildren from the second marriage, John Ingham, Jan Higgins and Connie O'Hern, all of Minneapolis; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Alice Cleland Clagett

Military Wife

Alice Cleland Clagett, 76, the wife of an Army colonel, died Nov. 13 at the Fairfax, an army retirement residence at Fort Belvoir. She had progressive supranuclear palsy.

Mrs. Clagett moved to the Washington area in 1958 and lived in Annandale from 1971 to 1989, when she moved to the Fairfax.

She was born in San Francisco and grew up in a military family. Her grandfather, Gen. John L. Hines, was Army chief of staff from 1924 to 1926.

She graduated from Holton-Arms School, then in Washington, and attended Hood College in Frederick. She was a secretary at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville before she was married.

Mrs. Clagett was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Alexandria. She was an amateur painter all her life. In retirement, she was president of Belfair Artists, a group at her residence, where some of her works were on display.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, retired Army Col. Robert H. Clagett; two children, J. Leonard Clagett of Naples, Fla., and Rita Hines Clagett of Crawford, Colo.; a stepson, Robert Clagett of San Jose; and a brother and a sister.