James Harvey Fahs


James Harvey Fahs, 70, a retired physicist, died of myeloid dysplasia, a blood disorder, Aug. 1 at his home in Fairfax County.

Dr. Fahs retired in 1997 from Arion Systems in Chantilly. He had previously worked for MITRE Corp. and the Center for Naval Analyses in Alexandria.

Born in Kyoto, Japan, Dr. Fahs lived in Silver Spring for a time as a youth. He graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., in 1956 and then served in the Army at an arsenal in Dover, N.J.

He moved to the Washington area in 1975. He was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts for 25 years, an elder of Fairfax Presbyterian Church and an organizer and participant of the Mid-Atlantic Senior Physicists' Group of the American Physical Society.

In retirement, he was a substitute math and physics teacher in Fairfax's public schools. He also enjoyed bicycling.

A son, Daniel Fahs, died in 2001.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Fay Kallos Fahs of Fairfax; a son, Brian Fahs of Aurora, Ill.; a sister, Barbara Fahs Charles of Washington; and two grandchildren.

Artemis Lychos Weiss

CIA Administrator, Club Woman

Artemis Lychos Weiss, 79, a CIA administrator and a member of the Chevy Chase Women's Club, died of esophageal cancer July 18 at Georgetown University Hospital. She was a resident of Chevy Chase.

Mrs. Weiss was a native of Bloomsburg, Pa., and graduated from Beaver College, now Arcadia University, in Jenkintown, Pa., in 1947. She began her career as a staff member of radio station WEEX in Easton, Pa., and then moved to Washington in 1950 upon accepting a position with the CIA. She held a number of senior positions in analytical and administrative areas until 1960.

Mrs. Weiss was an avid bridge player and an active member of the Chevy Chase Women's Club, where she participated in a number of activities, particularly the annual antiques show. She was a member of Columbia Country Club and contributed to various civic and charitable activities.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Arnold H. Weiss of Chevy Chase; two sons, Daniel L. Weiss and Andrew A. Weiss, both of Bethesda; and two granddaughters.

Robert Louis Base

Air Force Officer

Robert Louis Base, 75, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who was part of the photo intelligence team that discovered Soviet missile installations in Cuba, leading to the 1962 missile crisis, died of cancer July 8 at Heritage Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Leesburg.

While serving as an imagery analyst at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, Col. Base helped identify missile launch sites in Cuba from photographs taken by U-2 reconnaissance aircraft.

Col. Base later served in Saigon during the Vietnam War as chief of an imagery analysis section. His other assignments took him to the Defense Intelligence Agency and then Shaw Air Base in South Carolina, where he managed a specialized unit that analyzed multispectral imagery for information on terrain, weather, mapping and navigation.

He retired from active military duty in 1978 and settled in Fairfax Station, where he worked as a systems analysis and business development consultant with defense contractors.

He moved to Hilton Head, S.C., in 1987 and to Lansdowne in Loudoun County in 2000.

Col. Base was a native of Chicago. He graduated from Albion (Mich.) College in 1952 and Officer Candidate School in 1954.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Barbara Ann Base of Lansdowne; two sons, David Robert Base of Potomac Falls and Thomas Michael Base of Silver Spring; a brother; and two grandsons.

Jerome Russell MacBeth

Museum Director, Realty Agent

Jerome Russell MacBeth, 72, an art museum director-turned real estate agent, died of cancer July 11 at the Washington Home.

Mr. MacBeth was born near Hyattsville and raised in the Woodridge section of Washington. He graduated from old McKinley High School and served in the Army in Germany from 1953 to 1955.

He graduated with a degree in art history from Catholic University in 1957 and for the next three years worked as a program analyst in the comptroller's office at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Seeking to further his academic studies, Mr. MacBeth did graduate work in art history at the University of Florence in Italy in the early 1960s. He traveled extensively throughout Italy and Europe, studying Renaissance art and broadening his command of European languages, which in addition to Italian and Latin included French, German, Spanish and Greek.

In 1965, he became assistant director of the Cummer Gallery of Art in Jacksonville, Fla. He went on to work as director of the Cheekwood Fine Arts Center in Cheekwood, Tenn., and director of the Gibbes Art Gallery in Charleston, S.C.

He returned to Washington in 1974 to work as a real estate agent and pursue an interest in urban revitalization. He was employed by a string of real estate firms, including Dale Denton Real Estate, Beau Bogan Real Estate, Prudential Carruthers and Long and Foster, for whom he worked until his retirement last year.

He also helped restore older houses, including his own 1880s-era Logan Circle home, in which he lived with his five cats. He maintained a connection to Italian culture as a regular parishioner at the historically Italian American Holy Rosary Church in Washington, where he ministered as an Italian language lector.

He leaves no immediate survivors.

Joseph Julian McLachlan

Air Force Colonel

Joseph Julian McLachlan, 85, a retired Air Force colonel, died of congestive heart failure July 28 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He was an Alexandria resident.

Col. McLachlan was born in River Rouge, Mich., and attended the University of Detroit. He worked as a chemist in a steel mill. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the start of World War II, completed his pilot training and was commissioned in 1942.

He flew two strafing missions in support of ground troops on D-Day. Shot down six days after D-Day, he hid behind enemy lines and eventually rejoined U.S. troops. He completed 91 missions as a P-47 pilot and was awarded a Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart and 17 awards of the Air Medal.

In 1948, Col. McLachlan flew 44 missions in the Berlin Airlift.

He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1956. A command pilot, he also served as a B-47 squadron commander at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He retired as chief of foreign liaison of the Air Force at the Pentagon and was awarded the Legion of Merit in 1971.

His first wife, Audrey Davin McLachlan, died in 1966. His second marriage, to Margaret Flint, ended in divorce. A son from his first marriage, Joseph Patrick McLachlan, died the same day as his father, in a traffic accident in Lincoln, Neb.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Nadine McLachlan of Alexandria; four children from his first marriage, Michael McLachlan of Durango, Colo., Thomas McLachlan of Sterling, Margaret Applegate of Basye, Va., and Patricia Simon of Cherry Hill, N.J.; a daughter from his second marriage, Meeghan Carter of Wilmington, Del.; a sister; two brothers; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandsons.