Garland J. Bloom Jr.

Real Estate Executive

Garland J. Bloom Jr., 74, a real estate executive and board chairman of Sibley Memorial Hospital, died of lung cancer June 3 in Fairfax.

Mr. Bloom was born in Charleston, S.C., and raised in Washington, where he was a graduate of Eastern High School and Benjamin Franklin University. He served in the D.C. National Guard during the Korean War.

From 1952 to 1977, he was with the B.F. Saul Co. mortgage firm, beginning as an inspector on home construction and becoming senior vice president in charge of all financial and administrative departments. From 1964 to 2005, he was a trustee with B.F. Saul Real Estate Investment Trust and chairman of the audit committee from 1990 to 2005.

From 1977 to 1987, he was vice chairman and chief operating officer for Smith Braedon Co. From 1988 to 1990, he was executive vice president and principal with GMB Associates. From 1990 until his death, he was a real estate consultant. He also was a member of the advisory board and a trustee of Columbia Real Estate Title Insurance Co.

He joined the Sibley board in 1979 and was elected chairman in 1999. As a member of the executive committee, he oversaw the modernization of the hospital building and the addition of the Renaissance Building, the Cancer Center and Grand Oaks, the assisted-living facility.

Mr. Bloom was a member of Fairfax Circle Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and treasurer. A boater and fisherman, he also was a fan -- and occasional critic -- of the Washington Redskins.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Patricia Lee Bloom of Fairfax; four children, Nina Margaret Palmateer of Montclair, Va., Amanda Karen McCaffrey of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Adam Lee Bloom and Peter Paul Bloom, both of Fairfax; a brother, Larry Howell Bloom of Waldorf; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Marta Goycoolea

Bookkeeper, Actress

Marta Goycoolea, 68, a former bookkeeper with Intelsat and an amateur actress in Spanish-language theater productions, died of complications from lung cancer June 10 at Casey House hospice in Rockville.

Ms. Goycoolea, a Rockville resident, was born in Santiago, Chile, where she studied theater production. She graduated from the University of Chile in 1958.

She immigrated to the United States with her husband and two children in 1965 and settled in the Washington area. She held several bookkeeping jobs before joining Intelsat in 1978. She retired in 1995 and took another job as a bookkeeper with Hedrick Smith Productions. She retired a second time in 2002.

In Washington, she performed with Teatro de la Luna and Gala Hispanic Theatre.

Her marriage to Edmundo Otuzar ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Soledad Otuzar and Jose Otuzar, both of Rockville; two sisters; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Patrick Acheson


Patrick Bernard Victor Montagu Acheson, 90, a former World Bank employee, president of a Culligan franchise in Leesburg and a founder of Loudoun Country Day School, died June 13 at Sunrise Assisted Living Center in McLean. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Acheson was born in London and graduated from Trinity College of Cambridge University and received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1939.

He joined the World Bank in 1947 as a loan officer. Upon retirement in 1966, he became president of the Culligan Water franchise until its sale in 1980.

He was a founding trustee of the Leesburg school in the mid-1950s and was a board member for 20 years.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Judith Acheson of Leesburg; three sons, Nicholas Acheson of Arlington and Christopher Acheson and Simon Acheson, both of Portland, Ore.; twin daughters, Alexandra England of Anchorage and Caroline Seward of London; and 10 grandchildren.

Kathleen M. Groves

Adjudicator, Singer

Kathleen M. Groves, 68, an adjudicator for the Navy Department and an amateur singer, died June 12 at her home in Woodbine, Md., after a heart attack.

Mrs. Groves worked for the Navy for 20 years, in White Oak and Washington. She retired in 2002.

She was a singer in barbershop harmony groups for more than 40 years and was former director of the Sweet Adelines chapter in Montgomery County. She was a member of the Arundelair Chorus, the Seaport Sounds Chorus of Harmony International and the Midnight Special Quartet.

Born in Rockville, she sang with her siblings, the Heil children, on a Silver Spring radio station. She graduated from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring and, with her family, ran a produce stand at the family farm on New Hampshire Avenue in Cloverly, Md. She attended the University of Maryland.

Her husband, Robert M. Groves, died in 1984.

Survivors include three daughters, Andrea Groves Williams of Woodbridge and Gina M. Bradshaw and Erin L. Groves, both of Woodbine; and a grandson.

Frank Marion Platt Jr.

Marine Corps Colonel

Frank Marion Platt Jr., 85, a Marine Corps colonel who later worked for the Prince George's County schools, died June 8 at a hospital in Tallahassee after a stroke. He moved to Florida last year from Alexandria.

Col. Platt joined the Marines in 1941 and served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired with the rank of colonel in 1967.

After retiring, he worked for a computer company for one year, then spent a few years as budget director of the Prince George's County schools.

Col. Platt was a native of Folsom, Pa. He was a starting tackle for the Pennsylvania State University football team. After graduation, he was drafted in 1941 by the old Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League but joined the Marines instead. He also participated in basketball and track at Penn State.

He was a member of Fairlington United Methodist Church in Alexandria. His hobbies included growing roses, and he maintained the gardens at his church.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Martha V. Platt of Tallahassee; a son, Frank M. Platt III of Tallahassee; a brother; a sister; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Rudolph W. Harris

Real Estate Firm Owner

Rudolph W. Harris, 72, founder and chief executive of a Washington real estate firm, died of congestive heart failure June 12 at Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Harris created R.W. Harris Associates in the 1970s and was operating it at the time of his death. He served on the Veterans Administration fee appraisal panel for 30 years.

Mr. Harris, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Cardozo Senior High School. He served in the Air Force in the 1950s and was stationed in Japan.

Mr. Harris then worked for the U.S. Information Agency and Voice of America before starting his own firm.

He was the first black member of the board of trustees at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania.

He was a member of the American Legion, the RHO Epsilon real estate fraternity at American University and the local chapter of the National Society of Real Estate Appraisers. He attended American University.

He was a golfer and a Washington Redskins fan.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Gladys Stroman Harris of Washington, and a daughter, Rana Harris Johnson of Edgewater.