Chris A. Christopher
Sperry Univac Executive
Chris A. Christopher, 80, a retired head of government relations for Sperry Univac (now Unisys), died May 23 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of arrhythmia due to renal failure. He was a longtime McLean resident.
Mr. Christopher was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and grew up on Long Island. During World War II, he served with the 9th Army Air Force as a bombardier navigator in the European theater. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in management engineering in 1950.
After college, he worked briefly for Republic Aviation on Long Island before joining Sperry Univac in St. Paul, Minn., in 1956. He was with the company for 30 years, serving in various management positions in Washington, St. Paul, New York City, Philadelphia and Utica, N.Y.. He moved to Washington in 1971 to head up Univac's Federal Systems Division. He spent four years in Zurich as head of a task force working with the Union Bank of Switzerland before returning to Washington as head of government relations for the company. He retired in 1986.
In McLean, he was a member of American Legion Post 270 and enjoyed spending time at the River Bend Country Club, where he was a member of the board of directors.
He was a longtime member of St. John's Episcopal Church in McLean, where, over the years, he was a vestry member, a tenor in the choir and a member of the building committee. He was active with a church senior group called the Sages and was a proud member of the Toads, men from St. John's who meet monthly for lunch, first at the Vienna Inn and more recently at Wolf Trap Deli.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Beverly Kuhlkin Christopher of McLean; three children, Deborah Hunt of Downingtown, Pa., Barbara Brawner of Corona del Mar, Calif., and Chris Christopher Jr. of San Diego; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Joseph V. Symanoskie
Joseph V. Symanoskie, 89, a retired mechanical engineer for Melpar Division of E-Systems in Falls Church, died May 23 of cardiopulmonary arrest at his assisted living residence in Reston.
Mr. Symanoskie was born in Washington and graduated from Eastern High School in 1934. He was an Eagle Scout and later a Scout leader. He received a bachelor's degree in 1938 and a MBA in 1939 from what is now Strayer University.
After high school and while studying accounting and mechanical drawing in college, he worked at Steuart Motors Co. in Washington. The Depression and stock market crash made work scarce; he started as a stock clerk, working nine hours a day, six days a week, for $12 a week.
By the time he married, he was making $16 a week. His wife was making $18 a week at Woodward & Lothrop department store. "Everyone said he married her for the money," quipped his son.
Shortly before World War II, he began an engineering career in the defense industry at Air Track Manufacturing Corp., in College Park, later called Maryland Electronics Manufacturing Corp., where he was corporate secretary and treasurer. He enlisted in the Navy during the war but was deferred because of his work with radar at Air Track.
In 1958, he joined Melpar as a director in technical services. He retired in 1986. He was active in the American Ordnance Association.
After retiring, he and his wife did volunteer work for the Arlington Hospital Auxiliary for more than 16 years. He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington and served for many years on various volunteer activities including the annual bazaar and women's arts and crafts.
He was active in Washington area bowling leagues and the Izaak Walton League. He was an avid sportsman in small game hunting, hiking, boating, and fishing.
He was a member of the Lions Club and Knights of Columbus in Arlington.
His wife of 67 years, Irma Aline Symanoskie, died in 2004.
Survivors include three children, Joseph V. Symanoskie Jr. of Falls Church, Francis Symanoskie of Blacksburg, and Jo Ann Will of Terra Alta, W.Va., ; and a grandson.
Greek Orthodox Priest
Maximos Moses, 67, a native Washingtonian who became a Greek Orthodox priest and spent most of his career in New York, died June 7 at Georgetown University Hospital. He had a stroke seven years ago and had diabetes and congestive heart failure.
Born Michael Charles Moses, he was raised in Chevy Chase and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, where he sang in the choir.
He was a graduate of the University of Athens in Greece and received a master's degree in theology from the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Mass. He was ordained at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, where he worked as an assistant priest.
He was later elevated to archimandrite, a rank second only to the bishop.
One assignment took him to Babylon, N.Y., where he pastored a church that he built and modeled after the historic St. Nicholas Church in Turkey. The New York building was blessed by Pope John Paul II, who gave the new church relics for its shrine.
The Very Rev. Moses returned to the Washington area after his stroke and had a home in the District.
Survivors include two sisters, Doreen Moses of Washington and Yasmin Moses of New York and Washington.
William G. Osmun
William G. Osmun, 89, an aviation journalist who later was information director for a trade association, died May 31 of congestive heart failure at his home in Lakeland, Fla.
Mr. Osmun had a four-decade career in various fields of aviation, beginning in World War II, when he was an officer in the meteorology branch of the Army Air Forces. He was stationed in the Caribbean and the Pacific and reached the rank of lieutenant colonel.
After the war, he worked for Trans World Airlines and was based in Washington; Paris; Kansas City, Mo.; and Wilmington, Del. He participated in meetings that set international standards for navigation, communication and air traffic control.
In 1955, he joined Conover-Mast Publications in New York as a writer for Aviation Age magazine. He later became the founding editor, writer and photographer of Business and Commercial Aviation magazine.
From 1965 until his retirement in 1982, Mr. Osmun was director of technical information for the Air Transport Association of America. He produced publications and other communication tools and gave testimony on airlines before Congress.
Mr. Osmun was born in New York City and grew up in many parts of the country as the son of an Army officer. He graduated from the old Western High School in Washington. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia and received a second bachelor's degree in geology in 1940 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He was a founding member of Church of the Apostles in Fairfax City, where he held many leadership positions and was a counselor. He was a member of the National Press Club and had a private pilot's license.
After retiring, he and his wife traveled throughout the eastern United States in a recreational vehicle. In January, he went on a five-day sailing charter trip in the Caribbean.
He moved from Fairfax to Florida in 1989.
His wife of 60 years, Priscilla Andrews Osmun, died in 2001.
Survivors include two children, Gabrielle Salter of Greenfield, N.H., and Andrew Osmun of Milford, Conn.; a sister, Helen Parker of Springfield; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.