Mabel Irene Bandoian

AFL-CIO Secretary

Mabel Irene Bandoian, 79, a former secretary with the AFL-CIO, died Aug. 9 of a heart ailment at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She lived in Annapolis.

Mrs. Bandoian was born in Algood, Tenn., and came to the Washington area during World War II. She worked as a secretary at the headquarters of the AFL-CIO from the mid-1960s until her retirement in 1986.

She lived in Waldorf and Temple Hills before moving to Annapolis about 20 years ago.

Her marriage to Eugene Ryce ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Carl "Banny" Bandoian of Annapolis; three children from her first marriage, Patsy Napoletano of Jackson, Mich., James Ryce of Kitty Hawk, N.C., and B.J. Thrailkill of Kentfield, Calif.; three sisters; one brother; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Robert H. Kluge III


Robert H. Kluge III, 36, a litigation attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington since 1998, died Aug. 9 of complications from a bone marrow transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He had the rare blood disease paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.

Mr. Kluge was born in Washington and grew up in Arlington, graduating from the H-B Woodlawn Program secondary school. He received a bachelor's degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia in 1991 and graduated summa cum laude from American University's Washington College of Law in 1997. He served as editor of the American University Law Review.

Mr. Kluge was a law clerk for D.C. Superior Court Judge Eric T. Washington in 1997 and 1998.

An Arlington resident, he lived in Washington area most of his life except for a year spent skiing in Vail, Colo., and between college and law school.

He read voraciously, played soccer and enjoyed traveling. He also was a longtime Washington sports fan.

Active in politics, he worked on the Clinton-Gore campaign in 1992.

He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and the Virginia, D.C. and American bar associations. He volunteered with Big Brother.

Survivors include his wife of six years, Julie Kluge of Arlington; a son, Ethan Kluge of Arlington; his father, Bob Kluge of Centreville; his mother, Elly Kluge of Arlington; and a brother, Eric Kluge of Arlington.

Florence I.C. Fan

Association Employee

Florence I.C. Fan, 90, an administrator at the National Education Association from 1951 to 1981, died of septicemia Aug. 2 at her daughter's home in Knoxville, Tenn. She lived in Washington.

Dr. Fan was born in Laohekou, China, and graduated from Jinling University, now part of Nanjing Normal University in China.

She came to the United States in 1946 and received a master's degree from the University of Minnesota. In 1952, she received a doctorate in education from Indiana University.

She was a member of National Presbyterian Church in Washington. She occasionally taught Chinese cooking and enjoyed flower arranging.

Miss Fan adopted her niece after the girl's parents died.

Survivors include her daughter, Jianying Sun of Knoxville; two sisters; and a brother.

Robert L. 'Bo' Kurtz


Robert L. "Bo" Kurtz, 49, an electrician with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26 in Washington, died July 28 of cirrhosis of the liver at his sister's home in Mechanicsburg, Pa. He was a resident of Frederick.

Mr. Kurtz was born in Augusta, Ga., and grew up in Silver Spring. He graduated from Paint Branch High School in 1974 and joined the Army shortly afterward, serving in Germany. He was a union electrician on government buildings in the Washington area before becoming ill.

Survivors include three sisters, Janet L. Kraft of La Plata, Kristina S. Weisburger of Mechanicsburg and Barbara A. Simmons of Frederick; two brothers, Thomas W. Kurtz of Chambersburg, Pa., and Edward J. Kurtz of Honolulu.