Samuel G. Backus

Motorcycle Enthusiast

Samuel G. Backus, 49, a systems manager for Cycle City of Hawaii and a former Washington resident, died of cancer July 1 at the St. Francis Hospice in Honolulu.

Mr. Backus was born in the District and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1973. He received a degree in engineering from Capitol College in 1976.

A motorcycle enthusiast, Mr. Backus was a charter member of the Mid-Atlantic Roadracing Club and was a racer and instructor in the group's riding school. He was a national champion in the 250cc Superbike and Production classes of the Western Eastern Roadracer's Association in 1981.

He worked for Vitro Corp. for several years in the early 1980s and was a parts specialist for several area motorcycling companies. He moved to Hawaii in 1994, where he continued his involvement with motorcycling and was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Survivors include a sister, Leslie Backus of Silver Spring; two brothers, Andrew Backus of Bellingham, Wash., and Charles Backus of Altadena, Calif.; and a stepbrother, John Lincoln of Sugar Hill, Ga.

Elizabeth Gallagher


Elizabeth "Liz" Gallagher, 84, a retired nurse with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, died July 2 at the Montgomery Village Care Center in Gaithersburg. She had Parkinson's disease.

Miss Gallagher was born in Hornell, N.Y. She entered the Nurse's Cadet Corps in 1943 and received her nurse's cap at St. James Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Hornell. She moved to the Washington area in 1948 and went to work at the old Doctor's Hospital on Eye Street. During the Korean War, she worked in the casualty ward at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

In 1954, she entered the public health system and joined the Health Unit at the Department of Agriculture. She retired as head nurse in 1975.

A longtime Silver Spring resident, she was a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring. She loved the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Orioles and enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews, particularly Matt Kane, who was her caregiver.

Survivors include her sister, Helen Crupper of Alexandria.

David Emerson Gould

Senior Budget Analyst

David Emerson Gould, 85, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and senior analyst with the National Science Foundation, died June 28 of congestive heart failure at Florida Hospital East in Orlando. He was a former resident of Springfield.

Mr. Gould worked in the budget division of the National Science Foundation from 1965 to 1990, when he retired. He helped prepare the budget for scientific research that foundation officials took to Capital Hill.

He was born in Cleveland and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration at Western Reserve University before it merged with Case Institute of Technology.

From 1941 to 1965, he served in the Air Force. He earned his wings in 1942 while stationed in White Horse, Canada, where he flew part of a supply line for the Russians. He also was stationed at Hickman Air Force Base in Hawaii, at Andrews Air Force Base, at the Pentagon, where he flew Air Force Two, and at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1965.

He lived in Washington from 1958 to 1960 and in Springfield from 1965 to 1990, when he moved to Florida.

His marriage to Anne Scott ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Patricia A. Gould of Orlando; a son from his first marriage, David E. Gould Jr. of High Point, N.C.; two children from his second marriage, James Gould of Hollywood, Fla., and Marjorie Gould Salazar of Orlando; and four grandchildren.