Theodore Arthur Betts
Theodore Arthur Betts, 73, an artist and painting instructor, died of complications related to lung cancer June 2 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was a Springfield resident.
Mr. Betts, a representational painter whose works are in many private and corporate collections, taught at the Art League School at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria since the mid-1990s. His subjects tended to be landscape or still life, with a "pervasive element of mystery . . . a distinct sense of the abstract," according to the McBride Gallery, which represents his works.
He was born in Baltimore, raised in Lutherville and graduated from Towson High School. He worked as a graphics designer at Blair Inc. in Springfield in the 1960s, then as an exhibits and publication designer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from the late 1960s until his retirement in 1992.
He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from American University in 1974. He won awards in many local and regional art shows. Mr. Betts was a member of the Rehoboth Art League and the Baltimore Watercolor Society.
His marriage to Donaline Louise Taylor ended in divorce.
Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Butts Keith Ciattei of Baltimore; and a sister, Barbara Pumphrey of Lutherville.
Thomas Edward Bricker
Physics Lab Employee
Thomas Edward Bricker, 61, an employee of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, died of multiple organ failure June 3 at his home in West Laurel.
Mr. Bricker worked at the lab since 1965 as a member of the professional staff in the strategic systems department. He traveled often to Port Canaveral, Fla., and served a two-year assignment as liaison to the commander in chief of the Atlantic Submarine Force, in Norfolk.
Born in Akron, Ohio, and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Mr. Bricker graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He moved to Maryland after graduation. He later received a master's degree in administrative sciences in 1983 and a second master's in computer sciences in 1987 from Johns Hopkins.
Mr. Bricker enjoyed gardening, volunteered for the Laurel Swim League Association and supported the Laurel Boys and Girls Club. A voracious reader, he followed politics, financial affairs and developments in medicine.
His marriage to Barbara Ferrante Bricker ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, Craig Thomas Bricker of Babylon, N.Y., and Kenneth Marshall Bricker of Minneapolis; and a sister, Sandra Motsinger of Sterling.
Jane Evensen, 84, a retired editor at the International Monetary Fund, died of heart disease May 11 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.
Mrs. Evensen worked at the IMF for 33 years, starting as a secretary to the librarian. She retired in 1979.
She was a native of Maquoketa, Iowa, and a 1944 graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore. She joined the Coast Guard and served until 1946.
She settled in Arlington and opened her home to international visitors who would gather and debate domestic and world politics. She was a member of the Women's National Democratic Club as well as a book club and an investment club.
She attended the theater, opera, ballet and Baltimore Orioles games. She also liked to travel to Norway.
Her husband, Rolf Evensen, died in 1984.
Survivors include three children, Rolf Christian Banghart Evensen of Los Angeles, and twins Peter Banghart Evensen of Southport, Conn., and Elisabeth Banghart Evensen Baldock of Cincinnati; and eight grandchildren.