William Bruce Wood III
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
William Bruce Wood III, 48, a deputy assistant secretary in the State Department and the geographer of the United States, died of a brain tumor July 4 at George Washington University Hospital.
Dr. Wood had worked in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research since 1985, specializing in government policies on international migration, urbanization, natural resource management and international environmental issues.
He was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and later lived in Singapore. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He also received a master's degree in urban and regional planning, and a doctoral degree in geography from the University of Hawaii in 1985.
Dr. Wood was a 20-year resident of Herndon before moving to Washington three months ago.
He was awarded the James R. Anderson Distinguished Medal in Applied Geography in 2001 from the Association of American Geographers; the State Department's Distinguished Public Service Award in 2002; and the State Department's Superior Honor Award in 2003 for his support of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Pappenfus Wood of Herndon; two children, Jessica and Eric Wood, also of Herndon; a sister, Allane Wood of Chicago; and two brothers, Craig Wood in Huntingtown and Mitchell Wood of Baton Rouge, La.
Joseph F. Mudd Jr.
Navy Contracts Negotiator
Joseph Francis Mudd Jr., 75, who spent 31 years with the Navy Department and retired in 1986 as a contracts negotiator, died July 30 at his home in Annapolis. He had melanoma.
Mr. Mudd was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Eastern High School and Benjamin Franklin University, where he also received a master's degree in accounting. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.
He was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and the nondenominational Epping Forest Chapel, both in Annapolis, as well as the Wheaton Ballroom Dancing Association and the Epping Forest Boat Club.
A son, Stephen Mudd, died in 1991.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Jeanette Williams Mudd of Annapolis; two children, Bradley Mudd of Annapolis and Pamela Mudd of Silver Spring; a sister, Barbara Phillips of Silver Spring; and two grandsons.
Richard E. Siner
Air Force Colonel
Richard E. Siner, 64, an Air Force pilot who retired as a colonel, died of complications from cancer July2 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Springfield.
Col. Siner was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and received a congressional appointment to the Air Force Academy. He graduated in 1965 and flew C-141 transports and RF-4C fighters in Southeast Asia.
He served in Germany, attended Army Command and General Staff College and had assignments in the Pentagon, at the Brookings Institution and at the National War College at Fort McNair. He retired from the military in 1986.
Col. Siner then worked for Titan Corp. and more recently as director of Washington operations for Cubic Defense Applications.
He was past chapter president of the Air Force Association, a member of Christians in Commerce and was an adult work camp leader with the youth ministry at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Springfield.
His family described him as a man with a mischievous smile, an infectious energy and an ability to befriend many. He often scheduled holidays and vacations abroad for his family.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Kathleen Siner of Springfield; four children, Mark Siner of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., John Siner of Lausanne, Switzerland, Shannon Siner of Springfield and Matthew Siner of Springfield; a sister; and two grandchildren.
Jon C. 'Jack' Dilweg
Navy Lieutenant Commander
Jon Coleman "Jack" Dilweg, 76, who was raised in the Washington area and retired in 1975 from the Navy as a lieutenant commander, died July 17 at a niece's home in Germantown after a heart attack. He lived in Pocatello, Idaho.
Cmdr. Coleman was born in Green Bay, Wis., and raised in the Washington area after his father, LaVern Dilweg, a Wisconsin Democrat, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1942.
He was a 1949 graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, where he captained the track team and was later inducted into the athletic hall of fame. He was a 1954 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He received a master's degree in oceanography from the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
He was a Navy flight instructor and veteran of the Vietnam War. In retirement, he was a Navy ROTC instructor in Pocatello.
His marriages to Marcia Billings Dilweg, Pauline Cobb Dilweg and Phyllis Dilweg ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, JoAn Falter Dilweg of Pocatello; a son from his first marriage, Mark Dilweg of Australia; a daughter from his second marriage, Allison Romero of Miami; three stepchildren; two brothers, Robert Dilweg of Bethesda and Gary Dilweg of Madison, Wis.; a sister, Diane Cromwell of Sparks Glencoe, Md.; and 12 grandchildren.
Charles Jewell Baker
Charles Jewell Baker, 81, a retired CIA operations officer who also was a bass vocalist with a number of Washington choirs, died of cancer July 29 at his home in McLean.
Mr. Baker worked for the CIA for 24 years, with tours in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Morocco. He retired in 1973 while at CIA headquarters as branch chief of the North Africa desk.
Long interested in chamber choir music, he sang in the Choir of Men and Boys of the Washington National Cathedral for 32 years until 1993.
He also was a member of the choir at St. Alban's Episcopal Church for the past 12 years and of the Choral Arts Society of Washington for the past 34 years, both under director Norman Scribner.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Baker graduated from Roosevelt High School and George Washington University, where he also received a master's in business administration in 1966.
He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II as a court reporter in the Judge Advocate General's criminal court in Italy.
He was a member of the American Philatelic Society, Society of Philatelic Americans and Delta Phi Epsilon.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Nancy Giglio Baker of McLean; four children, Reid S. Baker of New York, David J. Baker of Annandale, Alexandra L. Shirley of Great Falls and Margaret C. Reilly of Valencia, Calif.; a sister, Margaret Kemp of Elkton, Md.; and seven grandchildren.
William E. McAuliffe
William E. McAuliffe, 81, a longtime Washington stockbroker, died July 20 of prostate cancer at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in the District.
Mr. McAuliffe first came to Washington in 1949 and worked for several years as a singer, entertaining at hotels and embassy parties. In the 1950s, he became a licensed stockbroker and worked over the years at Merrill Lynch and Rushmore Financial Group, among other firms.
During the 1980s, he was vice president of Moseley, Hallgarten, Estabrook & Weeden Inc. in Washington. Most recently, he was affiliated with Koonce Securities Inc. of Bethesda. He continued to work as a stockbroker until his death.
Mr. McAuliffe was born in Boston and worked in his teens as a singer with the Larry Green Orchestra in New England. He also managed a furniture company in Massachusetts.
During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces as a radio operator and gunner in Europe. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for climbing, without a parachute, into the open bomb bay of a bomber flying at 15,000 feet over Italy to release a bomb by hand.
On another mission, he suffered severe leg injuries when his crew was shot down and forced to parachute into the Mediterranean Sea. His decorations included the Purple Heart and five awards of the Air Medal.
Mr. McAuliffe graduated in 1948 from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in political science. He was a letterman on the varsity baseball team, belonged to a variety of social and political clubs and was president of the senior class.
He enjoyed golf and was a member of the Kenwood Country Club. He attended Divine Science Church of the Healing Christ in Washington.
He was also a skilled bridge player who competed in tournaments worldwide, sometimes as the partner of renowned bridge expert Charles Goren.
His first marriage, to Eleanor Hanks, ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Violet R. Whiting McAuliffe of Washington; a stepdaughter; Patricia Damron of Phoenix; and three grandchildren.