Charles F. Porter

Air Force Officer

Charles F. Porter, 78, an Air Force lieutenant colonel, died Sept. 4 at a rehabilitation center in Spring Hill, Fla., of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Col. Porter was born in Middletown, N.Y., and served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education from Ithaca College in New York. After he received his master's degree in 1950, he joined the Air Force.

He served in Alaska from 1952 to 1954 and later was a pilot stationed in Germany, England and Thailand. He flew 100 missions over North Vietnam as a bomber pilot in the 1960s.

He finished his Air Force career at Andrews Air Force Base before retiring in 1974. His military decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal and 12 Air Medals.

Before he moved to Florida in August, Col. Porter had lived in Upper Marlboro for 38 years. His hobbies included weightlifting, bicycling and bowling.

He was a member of the American Bowling Congress and, on more than one occasion, he scored 299 points out of a possible 300. He was a deacon at the Andrews Air Force Base hospital chapel.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Porter of Spring Hill; two daughters, Linda Labor of Arcadia, Fla., and Jeannine Hatcherson of Brooksville, Fla.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Kathleen Meenehan

Executive Assistant

Kathleen Marie Meenehan, 57, an executive assistant at a Northern Virginia technology company, died of a heart attack Sept. 3 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

She was born in Washington and was a longtime resident of Arlington, where she graduated from Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School in 1966. After she got her driver's license, she became the official chauffeur to the then-popular high school band the Axmen.

She attended St. Leo's College in St. Leo, Fla., and the now-closed Washington School for Secretaries. She went to work for Geico in the late 1960s and left in 1975 to manage financial and business matters for the family business, Meenehan Hardware, until it closed in 1983.

She worked for a series of technology companies in Northern Virginia, including the former GTE, BDM Inc. and Teligent. She was most recently employed at Apogen Technologies in McLean. She was a member of St. Joan's Catholic Church in McLean.

Ms. Meenehan enjoyed music ranging from rock and roll to opera. She organized family gatherings, and in recent years she assumed primary responsibility for the care of her ailing mother, who died Aug. 3.

Survivors include two brothers, M. Patrick Meenehan of Manheim, Pa., and John F. "Bo" Meenehan III of Lovettsville; and two sisters, Theresa Meenehan Capitano of McLean and Janet Meenehan Point of Philadelphia.

Robert A. Campbell

Mail Carrier

Robert A. Campbell, 45, a mail carrier in Northern Virginia, died of lung cancer Sept. 13 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Annandale.

Mr. Campbell was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and had lived in Annandale since he was 4. He was a 1978 graduate of Lake Braddock High School and received an associate's degree in business from Northern Virginia Community College.

He managed several Radio Shack stores in Northern Virginia over a period of years before joining the Postal Service in 1997. He was based at the Lincolnia Station Post Office in Alexandria.

Mr. Campbell enjoyed computers, cooking and investing in commodities.

Survivors include his wife of less than a year, Julia B. Campbell of Annandale; his mother, Catherine Campbell of Annandale; three brothers, James J. Campbell Jr. of Arlington, Dennis Campbell of Tampa and Thomas Campbell of Kingstowne; and two sisters, Susan Lowther of Midlothian, Va., and Kathleen Bianchi of Las Vegas.

Charlie Hall

Railroad Worker, Church Singer

Charlie Hall, 92, a railroad worker who sang in church vocal groups for more than 60 years, died Sept. 7 of cancer at Greater Southeast Community Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Hall was born in Union County, N.C., and came to Washington in the early 1930s. He worked as a baggage handler at Union Station for the Pennsylvania Rail Road and later for Amtrak. He retired in 1973.

He had been a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Southeast Washington since 1941. He was in the senior choir for more than 60 years and was the church's sergeant-at-arms. He sang bass with the church men's quartet and sang with a male gospel group, Flying Clouds of Washington.

Mr. Hall was an ardent baseball fan and a devoted newspaper reader.

His wife of 40 years, Lillie Bell Hall, died in1972.

His daughter, Turner H. Wilson, died in 1994.

Survivors include a granddaughter and two great-grandsons.

Elizabeth Baker Zach


Elizabeth Baker Zach, 88, who worked at the Library of Congress for more than 30 years, died of myelodysplasia, a bone marrow disease, Sept. 9 at Klein Hospice House of Mount Airy. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Zach worked first in the Library of Congress's Congressional Research Service, then was a senior reference specialist -- the position she held when she retired in 1997.

She was born in Keokuk, Iowa, and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1938. She came to Washington and spent the World War II years working for the Office of Price Administration.

She received her master's degree in library science from Catholic University in 1963. After she retired, she moved to England until 2002, when she returned to Washington to be near her family.

Her husband, Ferdinand Zach, died in 1979.

Survivors include two children, Lisl Zach of Washington and Robert Zach of Lovettsville; and two grandsons.

Sydney Isaac Green


Sydney Isaac Green, 90, a retired neurosurgeon who practiced primarily at Sibley Memorial Hospital, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Sept. 14 at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Washington, where he lived.

Dr. Green began a private practice in the Washington area when he arrived in 1958. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and received his medical training at Guy's Hospital in London. During World War II, he was a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and was aboard the Dinard when it was sunk after hitting a mine on D-Day. Later, he crossed the Rhine as the surgeon in charge of the Glider Ambulance unit, 6th Airborne Division.

He immigrated to the United States in the late 1950s and settled in Washington and then Bethesda. He was a member of the British and American medical associations, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and a member of the Jacobi Society.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Green of Bethesda; four children, Stuart Brown of Bethesda, Myles Brown of Newton, Mass., Kenneth Brown of Richmond and Sarah Green of Westport, Conn.; and nine grandchildren.

John Richard Claycomb

Information Management Officer

John Richard Claycomb, 58, an information and knowledge management officer for the Army in Germany, died Aug. 17 of a heart attack at his home in Frankfurt. He was a former resident of Kensington.

Mr. Claycomb was born in Denver and lived in Schenectady and White Plains, N.Y., and Huntsville, Ala., before moving to Kensington in 1966. He enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War and after his tour of duty entered the University of Maryland, from which he graduated cum laude.

In 1978, he reenlisted in the Army and was posted in Germany and at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. He was last stationed at the V Corps Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in Frankfurt and then Heidelberg. He retired from the military as a master sergeant in 1996.

He then became a civilian Army programmer with the armed forces recreation machine program in Germany and later an information management officer with the 233rd Base Support Battalion in Darmstadt, Germany. From 1999 until his death, he worked in Hanau as an information and knowledge management officer.

Survivors include his wife, Cordelia Johnson-Claycomb of Frankfurt; a stepdaughter, Noura Johnson of Frankfurt; his parents, Donald and Sue Claycomb of Silver Spring; two brothers, Robert Claycomb of Somerville, Mass., and William Claycomb of Olney; and two sisters, Donna Millard of Gaithersburg and Patricia Gunn of Plano, Tex.

Harry Robert Schurr

Advertising Executive

Harry Robert Schurr, 80, owner of an advertising company, died Sept. 14 at Leewood Healthcare Center, a nursing home in Annandale. He had diabetes and had lived in Annandale since 1970.

Mr. Schurr was born in Pottstown, Pa., and grew up in Norristown, Pa. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943.

During World War II, he was a navigator on a Marine Corps dive bomber. When his airplane was shot down over the Pacific, Mr. Schurr suffered a broken back and other injuries and was rescued by U.S. forces. After recovering from his injuries at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, he settled in the Washington area.

Mr. Schurr owned a Capitol Hill restaurant and bar with his father for several years before going into advertising and marketing. For a number of years, he worked with the Reuben H. Donnelly advertising company in Washington.

About 1975, Mr. Schurr founded Bargain Book USA, an advertising company based in Annandale. He operated the company until selling it in 2001.

He was a tournament bridge player and wrote occasional newspaper columns on bridge. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce and American Legion. He was also active in the Circle of Friends of American Veterans, an organization that supports needy veterans.

Mr. Schurr enjoyed dogs and following the Washington Redskins. In his youth, he lived in Hollywood, Calif., where he briefly worked as a bodyguard for Marlene Dietrich.

His marriage to Joann M. Schurr ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Jane Schurr of New Orleans; two children from the first marriage, Robert Schurr of Santa Clara, Calif., and Donna Jenkins of Norristown, Pa.; and a brother.

Linda M. Carmichael

Insurance Agent

Linda Mitchell Carmichael, 57, a social worker, real estate agent, restaurant manager and bartender who spent the past few years as an independent insurance agent, died Sept. 10 at the Casey House hospice in Rockville. She had cancer.

Mrs. Carmichael, a Frederick resident, was born in Washington and raised in Kensington. She was a Miss Teen Bethesda and a homecoming queen. She was a 1966 graduate of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda and, years later, a criminology graduate of the University of Maryland.

In the mid-1970s, she was a social worker in Prince George's County for the Maryland Juvenile Services Department. She then was a real estate agent for Bethesda Realty before working her way to a restaurant management position with the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn.

She tended bar at the James III restaurant in Rockville in the mid-1990s, then was an assistant manager at a Rockport shoe store in Montgomery County.

As an insurance agent, she worked for her second husband's business, American Health and Financial Services, as well as American Family Life Assurance Co..

Her marriage to Tim Shaughnessy ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 14 years, David Carmichael of Frederick; a stepdaughter, Hadley Carmichael of Denver; and a brother, Tom Mitchell of Kensington.

Charlie Hall sang in his church choir for more than 60 years.Sydney Green was a veteran of World War II.