Bernie Jenkins

Journalist, Association Official

Henry Bernice "Bernie" Jenkins, 82, a former journalist who retired in 1980 as deputy director of public affairs at the Economic Development Administration, died Sept. 2 at a nursing home in Richmond. He had pneumonia.

Mr. Jenkins was a native of Greenville, N.C., and held a variety of editing positions in his home state before becoming an editor at The Washington Post in 1951. During the next 11 years at The Post, he was a make-up editor and news editor. He received a bachelor's degree from George Washington University in 1956.

He briefly was managing editor a house-building association journal before joining the Economic Development Administration in the mid-1960s.

He was a former member of the National Press Club.

His wife of 57 years, Georgia King Jenkins, died in March.

Survivors include three children, Karen J. Ingram of Ashland, Va., Jacqueline J. Keenan of Fairfax County and Albert Sidney Jenkins of Delray Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Samuel Bricken

Interior Designer

Samuel Bricken, 90, a Bethesda resident and retired interior designer for businesses, died Aug. 16 at Suburban Hospital. He had pneumonia.

At Sam Bricken Interiors Inc., which he owned and operated from the 1940s to 1984, he designed window displays for such Washington clothing shops as Louis & Thomas Saltz, Arthur Adler and the University Shop.

Mr. Bricken was born in New York and settled in the Washington area in the early 1930s. Early on, he worked in a Georgetown men's store and began designing windows to augment his salary.

During World War II, he was a USO volunteer. Decades later, he did volunteer work at the Kennedy Center and as a mediator for Montgomery County's consumer affairs office.

He was a former board member of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Center, both in Rockville. He was a member of Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, where he was a former board member and chairman of the house committee.

He was the former president of Lakeside Terrace Condominiums in Bethesda.

His avocations included making art from bronze as well as found objects such as seashells.

Survivors include his wife, Mindell Euzent Bricken, whom he married in 1940, of Bethesda; two sons, Richard Bricken of Potomac and Carl Bricken of La Grange, Ky.; a brother, Morris Bricken of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Thomas C. Schweizer

Energy Consultant

Thomas Charles Schweizer, 54, president and chief executive of Princeton Energy Resources International LLC, a Rockville-based energy and environmental consulting firm with clients worldwide, died Sept. 3 at Reston Hospital Center. He had melanoma.

Dr. Schweizer was born in Blacksburg, Va., and raised in Annapolis, where he was a graduate of Annapolis High School. He was a 1973 physics magna cum laude graduate of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa. In 1978, he received a doctorate in nuclear physics from the University of Virginia.

He spent a decade at Science Applications International Corp., becoming manager of the renewable energy programs, before joining Princeton Energy Resources in 1991. In 2003, he received an Energy Department award for his work.

A Herndon resident, he had a second home in Wintergreen, Va., where he skied. He golfed at Lowes Island Club in Sterling, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Connie Cumming Schweizer, and their two children, Robert C. Schweizer and Laura D. Schweizer, all of Herndon; his parents, Leslie and Lois Schweizer of Annapolis; and a brother, Eric Schweizer of Potomac.

Patricia Anne Meeks

Homemaker, Church Member

Patricia Anne Meeks, 74, a homemaker and church member, died of cardiorespiratory arrest Sept. 1 at her home in Springfield.

Mrs. Meeks was a charter member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Springfield. She was born in Alexandria and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1948.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Callis C. Meeks of Springfield; three children, Stephen Meeks of Austin, Scott Meeks of Paris and James Meeks of Great Falls; five siblings, Beth Smith of Alexandria, Wanda Hinegardner of Fredericksburg, Floyd Jencks of Culpeper, Donna Griffith of Stafford and Frank Jencks of Alexandria; and four grandchildren.