Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Gerrety
Elizabeth "Betty" Fitzpatrick Gerrety, 81, a retired librarian for the George Washington University Medical Center and for Georgetown University, died July 3 of a heart attack at Chevy Chase House, an assisted living residence in Chevy Chase.
Mrs. Gerrety was a fourth-generation Washingtonian. Her father, John C. Fitzpatrick, was chief of the manuscripts division at the Library of Congress and editor of the 39-volume "The Writings of Washington." The young Betty Fitzpatrick spent hours at her father's side in the library, helping him with his research on Washington, the Continental Congress, Martin Van Buren and other subjects.
She graduated from Immaculata High School in 1941 and from Trinity University in 1945.
In 1974, after working as a homemaker for many years, she began a career as a librarian at the Little Falls Library in Bethesda. She was with the Paul Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library at the GWU Medical Center from 1978 to 1982 and with the Lauinger Library at Georgetown University from 1982 to 1993.
After retiring from Georgetown, she lived for varying lengths of time at the Benedictine monastery in Oceanside, Calif., at Our Lady of the Snows monastery in Belleville, Ill., and at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. In 1999, she returned to the District, where she was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church. An avid reader and scholar, she, like her father, was an expert on the life of George Washington.
Her husband, Joseph Manning Gerrety, died in 1987.
Survivors include eight children, Cathy Wald of Alpharetta, Ga., Joseph Gerrety Jr. of Bethesda, Mary Duncan of Herndon, John Gerrety of Washington, Donald Gerrety of Rockville, James Gerrety of Damascus, Paul Gerrety of Rockville and Christina Horan of Page, Ariz.; and 23 grandchildren.
Craig B. Ashe
Secret Service Officer
Craig B. Ashe, 59, a retired sergeant in the uniformed division of the U.S. Secret Service, died June 25 after a heart attack at his father-in-law's home in Arcadia, Mich.
Mr. Ashe lived in the Washington area, mostly in Arlington, while working for the Secret Service from 1968 to 1990. He spent part of his career as the officer in charge of the special operations section, a security detail that clears visitors to the White House for state dinners and other functions.
He was born in Lewiston, Maine. He served in the Marines in the 1960s and helped provide security at the U.S. Embassy in Paris during the Vietnam peace talks.
He moved to the Washington area in the late 1960s, then briefly worked as a clerk at the FBI before joining the Secret Service.
He also co-owned Chez Brown West Restaurant in Washington for about two years in the late 1970s.
In retirement, Mr. Ashe settled in Breezewood, Pa., where he ran an antiques store and volunteered with community-oriented organizations.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Lynn Cutler of Breezewood, and two sisters.
George Kolt, 66, a retired CIA officer and well-known authority on Russian, European and Eurasian geopolitics, died of cancer July 18 at his home in Arlington.
Mr. Kolt became the Central Intelligence Agency's chief Soviet watcher, testifying at Senate hearings about Soviet reforms in the early 1990s and often lecturing on the political and policy dynamics occurring in that region.
A retired Air Force colonel, he specialized in Soviet and European affairs during his 23-year military career. Beginning in 1963, he held military, intelligence and academic postings.
From 1965 to 1967, he served as a member of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission to Soviet Forces in Germany. In 1970, he was commanding officer of an Air Force academy group on assignment to the French Air Force Academy.
He was assistant air attache in Moscow from 1973 to 1975, and his performance in that post led to his induction in the Defense Attache Hall of Fame. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Mutual and Balanced Force Negotiations in Vienna from 1977 to 1979.
Mr. Kolt also taught international politics at the Air Force Academy and the National War College. From 1981 to 1984, he was detailed to the National Intelligence Council as deputy national intelligence officer for the Soviet Union and rose to be national intelligence officer for Europe.
He retired from the Air Force in 1986 to join the CIA as director of the Office of European Analysis in the Directorate of Intelligence. In 1989, he became director of the Office of Soviet Analysis; he headed that office during the turbulent years of the Soviet Union's collapse.
From 1992 to 2003, he served as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia. He retired from the CIA last year.
Mr. Kolt was born in Brussels. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1961 and received a master's degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1963. He attended the Free University of Berlin, the Armed Forces Staff College and National War College.
He lived in Washington for 26 years and was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Deborah Kolt of Washington; a son, Alexander Kolt of Arlington; and a sister.
Frances Elizabeth Blancke
CIA Worker, Ambassador's Wife
Frances Elizabeth Nichol Blancke, 86, a former State Department and Central Intelligence Agency employee whose later life as the spouse of a Foreign Service officer-turned-ambassador sent her all over the world, died after a heart attack July 18 at Georgetown University Hospital. She was a Washington resident.
She was born on Corregidor, an island in the Philippines, while her father was a U.S. Army officer serving in the Philippine Scouts. After World War I, the family moved to the United States and lived on a number of Army posts. She attended grade school in Georgetown and had moved to California by the time she was in high school. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1940.
She then joined the State Department as a secretary and during World War II traveled to England by ship in a convoy and continued on to Sweden in military transport aircraft. She served as a clerk at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm until Berlin fell. She then was transferred to the embassy in Berlin and became an employee of the CIA, working for several years in Berlin and then back in Washington.
She married Wilton Wendell Blancke in Saigon in 1952. They served in a number of posts in the Far East, including Vietnam and Laos, and then in Germany.
Her husband was made ambassador in 1960 and was posted to Africa, where they lived in Brazzaville, Congo. They later served in Monterey, Mexico, where her husband was consul general.
They returned to Washington after several years. Mrs. Blancke worked for many years with a firm that serviced the Recordings for the Blind. She was a member of All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Washington and DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired).
Her husband died in 1971.
Survivors include a brother and sister.
Carlos Alberto Matus
OAS Officer, Real Estate Agent
Carlos Alberto Matus, 64, a former financial officer with the Organization of American States who became a real estate agent, died of liver cancer July 16 at his home in Potomac.
Mr. Matus moved to the Washington area in 1962 to work with the Inter-American Development Bank. In 1964, he joined the Organization of American States, where he spent the next 25 years as a financial officer. He spent seven years working for the OAS in Bogota, Colombia, in the 1970s. He retired in 1989.
After obtaining a real estate license, he began a second career selling homes for Weichert Realty in Potomac, where he worked until his death.
Mr. Matus was born in Managua, Nicaragua. He was a graduate of the Universidad Ibero Americana in Mexico City and took graduate courses in business at George Washington University.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Joan Matus of Potomac; five children, Carlos F. Matus of Ellicott City, Md., Luis Matus of Cairo, Ricardo Matus of Potomac, Michelle Bonanno of Frederick and Fernando Matus of Asuncion, Paraguay; two brothers, Dr. Roberto Matus of Gaithersburg and Danilo Matus of Miami; a sister, Lila Matus of Miami; and 10 grandchildren.