Ada Lillian Blanchard Cox
Army Wife, Church Member
Ada Lillian Blanchard Cox, 83, an Army wife and church member, died of pancreatic cancer May 9 at her home in Springfield.
Mrs. Cox was born in Woodland, N.C., and graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in elementary education.
She married and worked as a teacher before joining her husband in Italy after the end of World War II. She followed her husband throughout Europe, serving as a military wife and Red Cross volunteer.
The family returned to the United States in 1964 and settled in Springfield.
Mrs. Cox was a member of First Baptist Church of Springfield, where she served as past president of the Women's Missionary Union, among other posts.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Charles T. Cox of Springfield; two daughters, Laura J. Moats of Midland and Lillian V. Williams of Champaign, Ill.; a sister; a brother; and five grandchildren.
Ramesh Chandra Benerjee Vallabhaneni
Tax Officer, Volunteer
Ramesh Chandra Benerjee Vallabhaneni, 59, a retired commercial tax officer in India and a volunteer since moving to the Washington area, died of a stroke May 8 at his daughter's home in Gaithersburg, where he lived.
Mr. Vallabhaneni moved to the Washington area about 15 years ago and volunteered at the Baileys Crossroads homeless shelter.
He was born in Tadepalli in Andhra Pradesh, India. He completed his bachelor's degree in commerce at Andhra University. He served nine years in the Indian Air Force as a mechanical engineer, then joined the Andhra Pradesh commercial tax office in 1974.
Mr. Vallabhaneni moved to Gaithersburg in the early 1990s to live with his daughter. He enjoyed chess, designing games and puzzles, gardening and teaching his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Tayaramma Vallabhaneni; his daughter, Lakshmi Vallabhaneni; a foster son, Srinivas Patibandha; and twin granddaughters, all of Gaithersburg.
Dale E. Larson
Labor Spokesman, Speechwriter
Dale E. Larson, 76, a public relations spokesman and speechwriter for the AFL-CIO for two decades, died May 26 at Tampa General Hospital of complications from diabetes. He was a former resident of Falls Church.
During his tenure with the AFL-CIO, from 1971 to 1990, Mr. Larson wrote news releases and speeches for federation presidents George Meany, Lane Kirkland and Thomas R. Donahue. He also did public relations work for well-known international visitors, including Poland's Solidarity trade union leader Lech Walesa and Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
One of Mr. Larson's prized achievements, which he was said to have gloated about, was that his name made President Richard M. Nixon's "enemies list."
Mr. Larson was born in Duluth, Minn., and received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in classical English in 1950 from the University of Kansas City. Afterward, he worked at the Duluth Herald and moonlighted as an adjunct professor of late-19th-century literature at the University of Minnesota.
He also served on the editorial staffs of several AFL-CIO affiliates, including the National Maritime Union, the Machinists and the Newspaper Guild. He had been the assistant editor of the Washington-based Guild Reporter from 1963 to 1967.
After retiring from the AFL-CIO, Mr. Larson moved from Falls Church to Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.
He was a member of the Newspaper Guild, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Rifle Association and the National Press Club.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jane Larson of Jacksonville, Fla.; six children, Anna Parsons of Tampa, Nicholas Larson of Sacramento, Mary Larson Garcia of Jacksonville, Andrew Larson of Gaithersburg and Sarah Larson of Oakland, Calif.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.