John H. Wade
John H. Wade, 83, a former security guard with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, died May 14 of cancer at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was a resident of the Hybla Valley section of Fairfax County.
Mr. Wade was born in Salem, Va. He joined the Army in 1940 and served as a master sergeant during World War II, participating in the Sicilian Campaign and the invasion of Normandy. He also saw action in the Korean War. He received a Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Korean Service Medal with five bronze service stars, the United Nations Service Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation.
After retiring from the military in 1966, he became a security guard with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He retired in 1981.
He loved golf and played almost daily at the Fort Belvoir Golf Course.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Helen C. Wade of Fairfax; two children, Gary L. Wade of Orlando and Debbie W. Bayliss of Alexandria; three sisters; a brother; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
M. Gordon Tiger
Foreign Service Officer
M. Gordon Tiger, 87, a retired Foreign Service officer, died May 31 of lung cancer at his home in Alexandria.
Mr. Tiger was born in St. Louis. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in the late 1930s and a master's degree from Columbia University journalism school in 1939. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Naval Reserve, first as a gunnery officer on merchant vessels and later as an anti-submarine officer on a destroyer escort.
While in the Navy, he studied Russian at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He joined the State Department as an analyst of the economic intelligence that was coming out of what was then the Soviet Union. In 1957, he transferred to the Foreign Service. He served in Tehran from 1958 to 1962, in New Delhi from 1965 to 1969 and as consul general to Karachi, Pakistan, from 1972 to 1975.
After retiring from the Foreign Service in 1976, he studied landscape design and worked for himself in that field for several years. While in India, he cultivated roses, and in Alexandria, he raised flowers, fruits and vegetables in a garden he meticulously designed. He volunteered at the U.S. National Arboretum, where he helped catalogue plants.
Music also was an integral part of Mr. Tiger's life. He was an accomplished pianist, an opera lover, treasurer for the Washington International Music Competition and a member of the Friday Morning Music Club in the District.
He was a volunteer adviser on health insurance and other matters involving older people in Fairfax and Arlington counties and a former member of the board of the United Seniors Health Cooperative. He also was a member of Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria and of Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marion Lipsis Tiger of Alexandria; two daughters, Rebecca Gregson of Fredericksburg and Judith Tiger of Washington; and two grandsons.
George James Aste III
Airline Executive, Consultant
George James Aste III, 65, an airline executive, consultant and expert on international aviation, died of colon cancer May 29 at his home in Vienna.
Mr. Aste was born in Chicago. He received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's Foreign Service school in 1961 and served in the Navy from 1961 to 1965.
He joined United Airlines in 1965 and was vice president for government affairs. In 1991, Aviation Week named him "the most successful airline lobbyist in Washington" for his statesmanlike approach to negotiations leading to new Atlantic and Pacific routes for United. He left United in 1993 and became vice president for international affairs for Trans World Airlines. After retiring in 1997, he was a consultant for American Airlines.
Mr. Aste was cited in the Congressional Record for his dedication to the United States and for more than 40 years of exemplary service and leadership to the international aviation industry. He was an active member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Susan Jans Aste of Vienna; four children, Mahri Aste of Reston, Suzanne Vanderhart of Denver, George J. Aste IV of Fredericksburg and Lauren Polek of Charlotte; and four grandchildren.
Ray H. Cook
Ray H. Cook, 78, who worked in engineering departments of several Washington area companies, died of lung cancer May 11 at Capital Hospice in Arlington. He was an Alexandria resident.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Cook graduated from Chamberlin Vocational High School in 1943. He served as a machinist mate in the Navy from 1944 to 1947 in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and Alaska. He was recalled to duty in 1950 and served on the aircraft carrier Oriskany during the Korean War.
Mr. Cook was a jack of all trades, schooled in carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, welding, steam engineering, power plant operations and other trades. He began doing electrical work at age 16, and over the years worked for the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Marriott, Woodward & Lothrop, Westinghouse, General Electric, Washington Hospital Center, Gallaudet College and a number of other area companies. He retired in 1989.
He was past president of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, and he taught night classes in Washington and Alexandria in refrigeration and air conditioning. He was an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scouts.
In retirement, he was active in home repair, gardening and woodworking. He also helped construct the Alexandria Seaport boatbuilding structure in Old Town.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Lorina Bass Cook of Alexandria; two sons, Harold Cook of Alexandria and Glenn Cook of Berryville, Va.; two grandchildren and one great granddaughter; a brother, Ivan Cook, and a sister, Ella Cook, both of Chancellorsville, Va.
Marie N. Duncan
Marie Nelson Duncan, 86, an executive secretary for the Essell P. Thomas printing and publishing company in Washington from 1962 to 1972, died June 2 at Iliff nursing home in Dunn Loring, where she had lived for the past four years. She had Parkinson's disease and dementia.
Mrs. Duncan was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Roosevelt High School. She attended Strayer College.
In the 1970s, she moved with her husband from Silver Spring to a farm in Trego, Md., near Hagerstown, where she canned, froze and pickled home-grown fruits and vegetables.
Her hobbies included quilting and playing the piano.
Her husband, Marvin J. "Jack" Duncan, whom she married in 1938, died in 1991. A son, Allen Duncan, died in 1999 after two kidney transplants.
Survivors include four children, Jean Dolan of McLean, Eileen Burke of Harrisonburg, Va., Warren Duncan of Orlando and Steve Duncan of Columbus, Ohio; two sisters; a brother; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
John E. Greenbacker
Navy Captain, Lawyer
John Everett Greenbacker Sr., 87, a retired Navy captain who worked as a lawyer and treasurer for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. in the early and mid-1970s, died June 1 at the home of his son in South Boston, Va., after a stroke.
Capt. Greenbacker had a home in Washington from 1946 until the early 1980s. He moved to Halifax County, in south-central Virginia, in the late 1970s and had a law practice there until the early 1990s. At his death, he was a resident of Halifax, Va.
He was a native of Meriden, Conn., and a 1940 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He was a 1949 graduate of Georgetown University law school, where he also received a master's degree in tax law in 1969. In the early 1960s, he received a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University.
During World War II, he served in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and survived the sinking of the aircraft carrier Yorktown, which sank during the Battle of Midway in 1942.
He held seven commands at sea. His final active-duty assignment, in 1969, was special assistant to the chief of naval personnel in Washington. His decorations included the Bronze Star with combat V.
His wife, Carolyn Perrow Greenbacker, whom he married in 1942, died in 1999.
Survivors include four children, Susan Oller of Raleigh, N.C., John Greenbacker Jr. of South Boston, Florence Arnold of Gaithersburg and Christopher F. Greenbacker of Washington; a sister, Julia Falk of Pratts, Va.; a brother, William F. Greenbacker of Meriden; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Dwight W. Swanson
USDA Soil Scientist
Dwight Wesley Swanson, 83, an Agriculture Department soil scientist from 1951 to 1979, died May 26 at Laurel Regional Hospital. He had esophageal cancer.
Mr. Swanson was a native of Harcourt, Iowa, and a chemistry graduate of Cornell College in Iowa. He received a master's degree in agriculture from Iowa State University.
He served in the Army Air Forces as a weather forecaster in England during World War II.
He lived at Riderwood Village retirement community in Silver Spring, where he was a longtime resident.
He was a member of Liberty Grove United Methodist Church in Burtonsville, where he was a former treasurer and once sang in the choir. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels as well as a charitable organization of churches in the Burtonsville area.
His enjoyed bridge, squaredancing, jogging, camping, gardening and keeping a daily record of the weather.
His wife of 48 years, Carol Hadley Swanson, died in 1994.
Survivors include his wife of nine years, Marilyn DesRoches Swanson of Silver Spring; four children from the first marriage, Donald Swanson of Thurmont, Md., Marcia Swanson of Silver Spring, Barbara Sandstrom of Roseville, Calif., and Joan Tuenge of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a step-daughter, Michelle K. Jones of Silver Spring; two sisters; and five grandchildren.
Elizabeth J. Maguire
Elizabeth J. Maguire, 93, a former society writer for the Washington Star, The Washington Post and the Georgetowner, died June 1 of complications from strokes at Brighton Gardens in Chevy Chase.
Ms. Maguire was born in St. Louis, the daughter of the founder of a pipeline company. She graduated from Smith College in 1933 and then lived and worked in New York. In 1942, together with many of her friends, she moved to Washington. She worked with the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency, for two years.
Ms. Maguire began her journalism career in an era when major newspapers had society sections. She wrote for the Evening Star and for The Post, where her byline appeared regularly from 1946 to 1953.
In the late 1950s, she worked briefly at the Pan American Union, now the Organization of American States, where she arranged a lecture series. Afterwards, she began writing a weekly column for the Georgetowner. The column, called "Miss Pipps' Perambulations", featured interviews and portraits of diplomats, politicians and other prominent Georgetown residents.
She was former Georgetown resident.
In the 1970s, she was co-founder of the History Class, a group of Washington women who meet regularly to learn more about history and topics of current interest.
She was known as Aunt Libby to her nieces, nephews and neighbors, said Elizabeth Record, a niece whom Ms. Maguire adopted as a teenager. She loved to travel and was very witty.
"She was a favorite aunt to everybody," Record said. "We would go over to her house, and she would bake cookies and cupcakes."
Her brief marriage to John McClure ended in divorce.
Survivors include her daughter.