Charles Alexander Trainum

Naval Training Director, Lawyer

Charles Alexander Trainum, 100, a former naval training officer who also had a general law practice, died June 8 of a stroke at Oak Lea Nursing Home in Harrisonburg, Va., where he lived.

Mr. Trainum moved to Washington in 1928 to work as a machinist in the old Naval Weapons Plant at the Navy Yard. He later became chief of training at the facility. When the weapons plant closed in 1962, he became senior training officer in the Naval Office of Training at the Pentagon. He retired in 1969.

Mr. Trainum, who was born in Clifton Forge, Va., received a bachelor of law degree in 1939 from Southeastern University in Washington. From 1940 until the mid-1970s, while working for the government, he had a law practice with the Washington firm of Quinn & Wise.

After his retirement from the Naval Office of Training, Mr. Trainum served as an administrative law judge with the Navy Department and the Justice Department until the late 1970s.

He lived in the District until 1940, when he moved to Arlington. He served on various committees and PTAs in Arlington County. He had been treasurer, a deacon and a Sunday school teacher at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (formerly Metropolitan Baptist Church), to which he belonged for 75 years.

Mr. Trainum volunteered with the Central Union Mission, a Washington shelter for the homeless. He enjoyed travel and went to Papua New Guinea when he was 90. He also enjoyed gardening, and he played golf until he was 95. He owned a farm in Nelson County, Va.

His wife of 59 years, Jessie Nail Trainum, died in 2000.

Survivors include three children, Charles A. Trainum Jr. of Fredericksburg, Michael W. Trainum of Harrisonburg and Linda T. Schlisler of Corona del Mar, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Charlotte Minerva Fischer


Charlotte Minerva Fischer, 99, a Washington native who was a registered nurse in the Pacific and China-Burma-India theaters during World War II, died June 7 of pneumonia at Wilson Health Care Center at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, where she had lived since 1980.

Miss Fischer was born in Georgetown, where her father ran the Dutch Market grocery. Her mother died when she was 2. As a teenager, she took time off from school to care for her stepmother, who died during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

She was a graduate of the old Central High School. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing in 1928 as a registered nurse. She worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. She was also a volunteer nurse with American Red Cross blood drives.

At the beginning of World War II, Miss Fischer joined an Army hospital unit organized by a Johns Hopkins doctor. She served for two years in a military hospital on the island of Fiji. In 1944, her unit was sent to Bombay, Calcutta and, by barge, to China, where she cared primarily for Chinese soldiers.

She returned to the United States in 1945 to serve at Fort Pickett, Va., and was discharged with the rank of major. She was awarded the Legion of Merit.

After the war, she spent eight years as an operating room supervisor at Fort Howard, near Baltimore. She later worked at the Baltimore VA Medical Center before retiring in 1967.

Miss Fischer was a lifelong member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, formerly in Washington and now in Takoma Park. She lived in Baltimore before her move to Gaithersburg.

She was an accomplished needlepoint artist, and she traveled to Europe and the South Pacific.

Survivors include a stepbrother and stepsister.

Ruth Pauline Jordan


Ruth Pauline Jordan, 84, a secretary with the D.C. government, died June 13 of a stroke at Prince William Hospital. She lived in Manassas.

She was born in Lynchburg, Va., and moved to Washington in 1938. She was a secretary for the old treasury operations and disbursing section of the District government until her retirement in 1976. She later was a secretary with the Masonic Kena Shrine Temple in Fairfax County until 1988.

Mrs. Jordan was a member of Buckhall United Methodist Church in Manassas and of a Republican women's group.

She was active in the Kena Shrine and was a member of such Masonic organizations as the Ladies Oriental Shrine, Order of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile.

Her marriage to Robert Gould ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Bill C. Jordan of Manassas; three stepchildren, William Jordan of New Bern, N.C., Patricia Woolls of Stafford and Mary Ann Jordan of Manassas; five sisters and two brothers; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Edwin Coan Rendall

State Department, Treasury Official

Edwin Coan Rendall, 87, a Foreign Service officer who became an economic adviser in the Treasury Department, died June 1 of cancer at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Rendall came to Washington in the early 1940s to work with the old Office of Price Administration. He later served in the Army, on a security team protecting the atomic bomb project in Los Alamos, N.M.

In 1946, he joined the State Department and was assigned to the U.S. consulate in Hanoi, then under French control. He later served in Johannesburg, London and Bern, Switzerland. As a Foreign Service officer in Marseille in 1950, he advised French labor unions in an effort to prevent a communist takeover of the city's port.

In 1962, Mr. Rendall was assigned to the Treasury Department in an exchange program with the State Department and remained at Treasury until he retired in 1980. He was on the staff of the assistant secretary for international finance and was an adviser on international economic matters.

Mr. Rendall was born in Clinton, Iowa, and was a 1939 graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He did graduate study in economics at the University of Chicago and Harvard University.

He was a member of National Presbyterian Church in Washington, enjoyed tennis and was a volunteer for Common Cause.

His marriage to Carol W. Rendall ended in divorce.

Survivors include three children, Christopher W. Rendall of Fairfax Station, Anne C. Rendall of New York and Margot Rendall Speranza of Rome; and three grandchildren.