William 'Bill' Erickson Sr.
William David "Bill" Erickson Sr., 85, a pilot and flight instructor for more than 50 years, died of congestive heart failure July 15 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He had been a resident of Alexandria since 1962.
Mr. Erickson began flying in 1938, when at age 18 he joined the Civilian Pilot Training Program, which the federal government set up to create a pool of civilian pilots who would be ready for military training.
He was born in Ironwood, Mich., in the rural upper peninsula of that state, and worked as a writer and photographer for the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune and as an air traffic controller. During World War II, he served in the Army infantry in Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands.
After the war, he was a Civil Aeronautics Administration air traffic controller and a Strategic Air Command warrant officer at Bolling and Stewart Air Force bases and the Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command in Alexandria. He retired in 1975.
Mr. Erickson, an amateur radio operator, was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, an organization of pilots that predates most airlines, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Society of Airway Pioneers. He also was a member of the Elks.
His marriage to Dorothy Bradley Kohut ended in divorce.
Survivors include two children, W. David Erickson Jr. of Fredericksburg and Patricia Jane Kana of Haslet, Texas; and three grandchildren.
Margaret Mary Shea Bailey
Real Estate Investor
Margaret Mary Shea Bailey, 83, a real estate agent who owned a number of properties throughout the Washington area, died June 28 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Bailey began to invest in real estate after the death of her husband in 1969. After obtaining a real estate license, she began her career with Rhea Radin Real Estate and worked with other Washington real estate firms in the 1970s and '80s. She also bought a number of properties throughout the Washington area as an independent investor. She restored them herself and rented or resold them.
Mrs. Bailey was born and raised in Boston. She studied interior structural design at the University of Hawaii and the University of Maryland. In the 1940s, she was a model for Brides magazine. She also studied portraiture and often used her five children as models.
She was married in 1942 and gave birth to her first child in 1944, one day after her husband was reported "missing in action and presumed dead." It was later learned that he had been badly wounded and captured by German forces.
Mrs. Bailey lived in several countries with her husband, Army Col. Frederick James Bailey Jr. When he was chief of the U.S. military mission in Costa Rica, she was responsible for a great deal of high-level entertaining with diplomatic dignitaries. She often designed and made her own gowns and jewelry.
She was a docent at the National Gallery of Art in the 1970s and '80s and was a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
She lived in Washington until 1994, when she moved to Atlanta. She resided in Florence, S.C., from 2000 until earlier this year.
Her husband died in 1969. Her eldest son, Frederick James Bailey III, died in 1993.
Survivors include four children, Geoffrey Robert Bailey of Honolulu, retired Army Col. Gregory Paul Bailey of Chesapeake, Va., Mary Bailey Hash of Kensington and Patrick Barry Bailey of Oakland, Calif.; a brother; eight grandchildren; and two grandchildren.
Ann Warren Bryan
Ann Warren Bryan, 73, who led several volunteer efforts to benefit the handicapped and who also worked as a caterer, died July 7 of kidney failure and heart disease at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.
Mrs. Bryan was born in Waverly, Pa., and attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She graduated from George Washington University with a dual major in psychology and music.
After settling permanently in Bethesda in 1965, she was active in a variety of volunteer efforts for the handicapped and the elderly and to support the arts. In the mid-1970s, she helped found Total Living Inc., a nonprofit agency designed to help find housing for the handicapped. From the late 1970s to the late '80s, she worked with a Washington nonprofit group, Independent Living for the Handicapped, serving one year as president.
In the late 1980s, Mrs. Bryan was executive director of Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods at Wolf Trap. In that volunteer position, she did fundraising.
She also worked as a caterer out of her home in the 1990s. For several years, she provided food for a weekly and, later, a monthly luncheon at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Washington, of which she was a member.
In college and in later years, she wrote music and lyrics for a number of amateur theatrical productions and played piano. She continued to lead singalongs with friends for much of her life.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, retired Navy Cmdr. William L. Bryan of Bethesda; five children, William L. Bryan Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., Edward Bryan of Singapore, Letitia Denaburg of Potomac, John Bryan of Amherst, N.H., and Ellen Giuffre of New Market in Frederick County; and 15 grandchildren.
Max Zwirnbaum, 89, an accountant with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, died at Leewood Healthcare Center, an Annandale nursing home, on July 1 after a stroke.
Mr. Zwirnbaum had lived in Alexandria since 1966, when he joined FEMA as an accountant. He retired in 1986.
He was born in Shinglehouse, Pa., and attended Michigan State University before joining the Army at the beginning of World War II. After a battle in Italy, in which he pulled several fellow soldiers to safety, he was awarded a Bronze Star.
After serving as an adviser to the Philippine army in the late 1940s, he fought in the Korean War and received a second Bronze Star. He left the Army in 1953 with the rank of major.
He then returned to his home town, where he ran the family dry goods store, Zwirnbaum's, until 1966.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Joyce Zwirnbaum of Alexandria; two sons, Rick Zwirnbaum of Springfield and Jeffrey Zwirnbaum of Anaheim, Calif.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Benjamin Franklin Harrison
Benjamin Franklin Harrison, 83, a retired electronics technician with the Federal Communications Commission and the Navy, died of cancer July 13 at Harmony Hall Assisted Living in Columbia.
Mr. Harrison was born in Bethany, Mo., and left home as a young man to study new radio technology in Kansas City. He joined the Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific theater and later in Washington. He worked as an aviation electronics technician with the Navy, retiring in 1964 from Patuxent River Naval Air Station as a chief petty officer.
Mr. Harrison moved his family to Laurel, where he worked for the FCC in Guilford, until his second retirement. The family moved to Romney, W.Va. in 1977 before moving to Columbia last year.
As a lifelong ham radio operator, Mr. Harrison had contacted people on every continent. He belonged to the Ham Radio Operator's Club in West Virginia and instructed others for their FCC license.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Janice Cordelia Barnett Harrison of Columbia; four children, Judith Thomasson of Cavalier, N.D., Kathryn Harrison of Laurel, N. Keith Harrison of Columbia and Christopher Harrison of Sterling; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.