Norris Bernell Delano

Marriott Corp. Employee

Norris Bernell Delano, 87, a World War II veteran and retired refrigeration mechanic for Marriott Corp., died of cardiac arrest Aug. 3 at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham. He had been a resident of Seabook since 1957.

Mr. Delano began working at Marriott in Washington in 1950 and retired after 30 years.

He was born in Havelock, Va., which is now part of Warsaw, Va. He served in the Army during World War II and received head injuries during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Purple Heart and spent a year in a hospital in Modesto, Calif., recovering from his injuries.

In 1946, Mr. Delano met the woman who would become his wife at a USO dance; they married a year later. Catherine F. "Kay" Delano died in 2000.

Mr. Delano had no children, but he was considered a father and grandfather figure to extended family and friends, said Elfriede Schmidt, a longtime family friend. He had a keen sense of humor and a caring nature, which earned him the title "the Gentlest Man on Earth" from a niece, whom he gave away at her wedding.

There are no immediate survivors.

Virgil L. 'Bud' Krohn

FAA Intelligence Official

Virgil Leroy "Bud" Krohn, 81, a retired intelligence official with the Federal Aviation Administration, died Aug. 11 at his home in Alexandria after a heart attack.

Mr. Krohn, who retired in 1986, was special assistant on FAA intelligence concerns that affected civil-aviation worldwide, including hijackings.

Mr. Krohn was born in Lancaster, Wis., and served in the Marine Corps in China during World War II. He did intelligence work for the Army starting in the late 1940s and then as a civilian for the Army Department before joining the FAA in the late 1960s.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary McAuliffe Krohn of Alexandria; seven children, Kathy Blair of Charlotte, Thomas Krohn of San Leandro, Calif., Terry Krohn of Fairfax City, Valerie Hellwig of East Greenwich, R.I., Cindy Smith of Atlanta and Beth Coffel and Diane Krohn, both of Alexandria; a brother, Charles Krohn of Williamsburg; and 13 grandchildren.