Hector M. MacKethan Jr.

Lobbyist, Banker

Hector M. MacKethan Jr., 78, a retired lobbyist and banker, died of massive head trauma after a bicycle accident June 22 in Castine, Maine. He was a former resident of Middleburg.

Mr. MacKethan was born and raised in Fayetteville, N.C. He attended the Citadel in South Carolina, and graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina after two years of service in the Army during World War II.

Mr. MacKethan worked as an assistant vice president of Hanover Bank in New York. He moved to Middleburg in about 1970 and became a lobbyist for Atlantic Richfield Corp. in Washington.

Upon retirement, Mr. MacKethan was a supporter of the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Goose Creek Association. He was an avid bridge player and a member of the Metropolitan Club. He moved to Castine in 1996.

His wife of 25 years, Ellen Alma Seipp MacKethan, died in 1974.

Survivors include two children, Elizabeth K. MacKethan of Cape May, N.J., and John M. MacKethan of Washington; two sisters; and three grandchildren.

Daniel William Luczak

Annapolis Entrepreneur

Daniel William Luczak, 63, a naval officer and entrepreneur who was a founder of a forensic engineering and scientific services firm, died June 25 of coronary artery disease at the Crownsville home of his former wife, Laren Leonard.

Mr. Luczak and his business partner, Joseph R. Reynolds Jr., started Forensic Technologies Inc. in Annapolis in 1982. The company catered to large U.S. corporations, law firms and utility enterprises and grew rapidly, opening offices in Los Angeles and Chicago.

When FTI went public in 1996, Mr. Luczak became the company's chairman. He retired two years later but continued to work on his own as a management consultant.

He also was active in producing small film and video projects.

Mr. Luczak, an Annapolis resident, was a native of Connellsville, Pa., and a graduate of Penn State University, where he received two bachelor's degrees, in electrical engineering and arts and letters.

He served in the Navy, rising to lieutenant commander before retiring in 1974.

His military assignments included teaching engineering and speech communications at the U.S. Naval Academy.

After leaving the military, Mr. Luczak started and managed for a few years a media marketing company that produced films for businesses and the Library of Congress.

His marriages to Barbara Luczak and Leonard ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son from his first marriage, Danny S. Luczak of Los Angeles; two children from his second marriage, Jared Luczak and Jenny Luczak, both of Annapolis; his mother, Angela Luczak of Connellsville; and a brother.

Fletie B. George Allen

Administrative Assistant

Fletie B. George "Georgia" Allen, 68, a retired administrative assistant for the Air Force, died of a cerebral hemorrhage June 13 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was an Alexandria resident for 63 years.

Mrs. Allen was born in Jerome, Va., and moved to Alexandria during childhood. She graduated from George Washington High School and began working while still in school at the old G.C. Murphy department store in Old Town Alexandria.

After high school, she was hired by the Air Force, working first in the temporary buildings on the Mall and later in the Pentagon.

She retired in 1976 after a diagnosis of tuberculosis of the spine and spent 13 months in the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Arlington, in body casts after multiple surgeries. She had to relearn to walk, but "she always had hope in her life," her son said.

Before her illness, Mrs. Allen volunteered for the Boy Scouts and enjoyed gardening, arranging flowers and decorating cakes. She also made hand-dipped chocolates as gifts for many years.

Mrs. Allen had been a member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Springfield since 1978.

She had been a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria for 35 years, where she sang in the choirs.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Stuart E. Allen of Alexandria, and son, Dale E. Allen of Alexandria.

Walter H. Dorrer

Air Force Officer

Walter H. Dorrer, 80, a retired Air Force colonel who helped provide air transport for presidents and other high-ranking U.S. and foreign officials, died June 27 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington. He had Parkinson's disease.

Col. Dorrer served in the Air Force for 30 years until 1973, most notably as a logistics officer with the White House Presidential Unit, otherwise known as Air Force One, during the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

In other assignments, he served as a logistics adviser to the Royal Thai Air Force and military assistant in the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense.

A pilot earlier in his career, he flew more than 130 troop and supply transport missions in Korea during the war there. He also served as director of logistics plans for the 7th Air Force in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

Col. Dorrer was a native of Rhinbeck, N.Y., and a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Toward the end of World War II, as he prepared to ship out to China, he was wounded in combat training by a .50-caliber machine gun bullet.

His military decorations included the Bronze Star and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

In retirement, Col. Dorrer worked for about 20 years until the mid-1990s as a real estate agent for George H. Rucker Realty Company in Arlington, where he lived.

He was a member of the Korean War Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, the Air Force Association, the Military Officers Association, the 49th Fighter Group Association and the Vietnam Veterans Association.

His first wife, Anna Claire McElmurray Dorrer, died in 1971.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Dorrer of Arlington; a daughter from his first marriage, Sharon Rossiter of Denver; a daughter from his second marriage, Katherine Dorrer of Arlington; two sisters; two brothers; and two grandchildren.

Lewis E. Gleeck Jr.

Historian, Foreign Service Officer

Lewis E. Gleeck Jr., 92, a historian and retired State Department foreign service officer, died July 1 of prostate cancer at his home in Bowie.

Mr. Gleeck was born in Lyons, Mass., and grew up in several California towns. He graduated from Pomona College in 1935 and received a master's degree in political science from the University of Chicago in 1938. He also took graduate courses in economics at Columbia University and at the U.S. Army War College.

He joined the State Department in 1938 and worked in Washington until his first foreign posting, to Canada, in 1940. He also worked as a Foreign Service officer in Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Austria, Japan and Pakistan. He retired in 1969 after his service as consul general of the American Embassy in Manila.

In 1970, he joined the U.S. Agency for International Development to work on land reform and cooperatives. He was with USAID until 1976. He then worked for the U.S. Navy as a consultant dealing with base-community relations at Subic Bay, the Philippines.

He wrote 16 books on the American experience in the Philippines, including "The American Half Century (1898-1946)" and "The Third Philippine Republic (1946-1972)." He also served as editor and regular contributor to the "Bulletin of the American Historical Collection." He was curator of the collection in Manila.

He moved to Glendale, Calif., in 1998 and to Bowie in 2000.

His marriage to Fira Gleeck ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Norma Caoili Gleeck of Bowie; a son from his first marriage, Alfred Lewis Gleeck of Las Vegas, and two stepchildren from his second marriage, Eva Munar of Bowie and Edward Gleeck of Bowie.

Richard Ewing Beale

VA Manager, Organist

Richard Ewing Beale, 97, a retired supply and contracting manager for the Veterans Administration and a longtime church organist, died of respiratory failure July 1 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

He worked at the VA from 1929 to 1970, when he retired.

Mr. Beale was a church organist at Grace Baptist Church in Washington for 10 years, before playing the organ at Bethesda Presbyterian Church from 1943 to 1972.

A Washington native, he graduated from McKinley Tech High School where he was a member of the Cadets. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Southeastern University in 1937.

He was a lifelong resident of the Washington area. He lived in the District for 30 years, Arlington for three years, Bethesda for 40 years, Leisure World in Silver Spring for 12 years, and Asbury Village in Gaithersburg for almost 13 years.

Mr. Beale was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, the Interfaith Chapel at Leisure World, and Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg. He also belonged to the Masons, Bethesda Lodge 204.

He received the VA's Administrators Distinguished Career Award in 1970.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Grace Cooper Beale of Gaithersburg; two children, Richard E. Beale Jr. of Cardinal, Va., and Robert Glenn Beale of Damascus; one brother, Calvin L. Beale of Washington; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.