Mildred Peacock Crowder

Sociology Teacher

Mildred Peacock Crowder, 90, who taught sociology classes at Montgomery College and the University of Maryland in the 1970s, died of kidney failure Oct. 27 at Casey House hospice in Rockville.

Mrs. Crowder, a Bethesda resident, was a native of Birmingham and a graduate of the University of Alabama. She received a master's degree in sociology from Columbia University, where she also completed all but her dissertation for a doctorate in sociology.

She settled in the Washington area in 1940 and spent about eight years as a researcher in the Labor Department's women's bureau.

For years, she owned an apartment building near Adams Morgan, where she tried to maintain rents for low-income residents.

Her memberships included the Woman's National Democratic Club and Delta Zeta social sorority. She was a former Girl Scout troop leader.

Her interests included attending the theater and opera.

Her husband, Edward T. Crowder, whom she married in 1940, died in 1970. A son, the Rev. Father Tomlin P. Crowder, an Anglican priest, died in 1997.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice Pulliam of Athens, Ga.; and three grandchildren.

Lanny W. Milom


Lanny W. Milom, 56, a Washington area businessman who operated gas stations, an auto body shop, a tire distributor and a truck dealership, died Nov. 14 at a hospital in Darlington, S.C., after a heart attack.

A NASCAR fan, Mr. Milom had been in South Carolina to attend the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Mr. Milom, who lived in Oakton, was beginning to sell off the many businesses he had started over the years to pursue his other interests, said his son Matthew Milom, of Olathe, Kan.

The older Milom began modestly, when in 1968 he moved to Washington from his native Logan, W.Va. He worked about 10 years for Sunoco franchises before buying his own Sunoco service station in the late 1970s at Wisconsin Avenue and River Road in Northwest Washington.

A short time later, he opened a Firestone dealership at his Sunoco station. He added about a half-dozen other service stations to his business holdings, mainly Sunocos but also a Texaco and an Exxon.

His other business ventures included Precision Towing, Precision Automotive, Washington UD Truck Sales and Great Eastern Tire Co., one of the area's largest independent tire distributors.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sharon "Cher" Milom of Oakton; three other children, Mark Milom of Oakton, Michael Milom of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Kristin Shifflett of Harrisonburg, Va.; and his parents, Dorothy and Richard Armstrong of Richmond.

Ruth Eleanor Ford


Ruth Eleanor Ford, 76, a homemaker and Washington area resident for 34 years, died after a heart attack Oct. 23 at the Alfred House in Silver Spring.

She was born in St. Joseph, Mich., married in 1947, just out of high school, and moved to the Washington area. She volunteered for the Sligo Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Takoma Park.

Her husband, Carl Dean Ford, died in 1998.

Survivors include three children, Richard Ford of Hedgesville, W.Va., Sharon Ford of Silver Spring and Greg Ford of Frederick; and five grandchildren.

Faith L. Doran

Registered Nurse

Faith L. Doran, 64, a former registered nurse who lived in Brandywine for most of her adult life, died Nov. 18 at Southern Maryland Hospital of complications from diabetes.

Mrs. Doran, who was born in Lancaster, Ohio, grew up in Accokeek. She attended Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine and received her nurse's training at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

She worked at Washington area nursing homes -- including Kensington Gardens in Rockville -- for about 20 years until the 1970s.

She had been a member of the Moose Lodge at White Plains since the mid-1960s.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Robert J. Doran Sr. of Clinton; five daughters, Donna Oliver of Mechanicsville, Alice Racino of Brandywine, Carole Bowles of Hyndman, Pa., Bonnie Dickinson of Crystal Springs, Pa., and Annie Boutirfa of Gaithersburg; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.