Yasuko Miyoshi Houts

Army Wife, Volunteer

Yasuko Miyoshi Houts, 80, the wife of a U.S. Army officer and a volunteer, died July 27 of pancreatic cancer at her home in the Mount Vernon section of Fairfax County.

A native of Japan, she married in 1961 and came to the United States in 1963. She accompanied her husband to various Army posts in the United States, Germany, Panama and Korea. She became a U.S. citizen in 1967 and had lived in the Mount Vernon area for 32 years.

An avid reader, especially of novels based on Japanese history, she had a large library of Japanese-language books.

She was a 30-year member of a bridge group in her neighborhood and also was a 30-year member of the Washington-Tokyo Women's Club.

She was a certified teacher of the Sogetsu school of flower arranging and was a member of Ikebana International, an organization dedicated to flower arranging. She also belonged to the Japanese Americans' Care Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance for Japanese and Japanese-Americans in the Washington metropolitan area.

After facing considerable privations during World War II, she found her first job after the war with the American Red Cross. She was later a Red Cross volunteer.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, retired Army Lt. Col. Francis C. Houts of Fairfax County.

Edward P. Torrey


Edward P. Torrey, 78, a self-employed Russian translator, died July 27 of cancer at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Torrey came to Washington in 1955 to work as a geophysicist with the Army Map Service. From 1959 to 1963, he worked as a translator with the Library of Congress. He was a self-employed Russian translator, working primarily on scientific and technical documents for the Department of Commerce, from 1963 until his death.

Mr. Torrey was born in Rome, N.Y., and served in the Army Finance Corps from 1945 to 1948. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin and received a master's degree in geography, also from Wisconsin, in 1953. While in college, he began to study Russian.

He was a life member of the American Historical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also a dedicated stamp collector.

His marriage to Margaret Anne Brooks ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Annette G. Torrey of Alexandria; three children from his first marriage, Joel A. Torrey of Fredericksburg, David B. Torrey of Pittsburgh and Mary Anne Torrey of Arlington; two stepchildren, Babette O'Hara Godoy of Centreville and Brian M. O'Hara of Arlington; a brother; and six grandchildren.