Michael Scott Bridgman

Logistics Consultant

Michael Scott Bridgman, 53, a research fellow with LMI Government Consulting in McLean, died Sept. 25 at his home in Herndon. He had pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Bridgman had been a logistical consultant for national defense issues at LMI since 1989. He previously spent a decade at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

He was born in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. He received two master's degrees, in mathematics and operations research, in the 1980s from Ohio State University, where he also received a doctorate in operations research in 1991.

He wrote more than two dozen articles on logistics and in 2003 received the Armitage Medal from the International Society of Logistics.

He lived in Herndon and enjoyed reading, gardening, bicycling, racquetball and snow and water skiing. Last year, he built his own kayak for use in his favorite sport.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Cynthia Anne Bridgman of Herndon; a son, Jeffrey Scott Bridgman of Falls Church; his parents, Richard and Carolyn Bridgman of Centerville, Ohio; and three brothers.

Patricia Carolyn Byrnes

Red Cross Associate

Patricia Carolyn Byrnes, 41, lead client management associate at the American Red Cross national headquarters, died of breast cancer Sept. 23 at her parents' home in Annandale. She was a resident of Burke.

Ms. Byrnes was born in the Panama Canal Zone and had lived in the Washington area since age 8. She graduated from Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke and cum laude from James Madison University with a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology in 1986.

Her career in the human resources field included positions with the U.S. Army Civilian Personnel Office in Fort Myer, the presidential inaugural committee in Washington, the Arlington County Personnel Office and the Arlington Sheriff's Office. She had been with the Red Cross for five years at her death.

Ms. Byrnes was a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Delta Gamma sorority.

Her pastimes included traveling and collecting Asian antiques and seashells. She loved the outdoors, particularly the beach, where she photographed birds. She also enjoyed parasailing and kayaking and was a gardener and animal lover.

Survivors include her parents, Graham and Yvonne Byrnes of Annandale; and a sister, Suzanne Kincy of Oak Harbor, Wash.

Robert Charles Watson Sr.

D.C. Police Inspector

Robert Charles Watson Sr., 72, who served for 20 years in the D.C. police department and retired as an inspector in 1974, died of cancer Sept. 23 at his home in Joplin, Mo.

Mr. Watson started as a patrolman in 1954 and rose to the rank of inspector, commanding the 7th District in Washington.

A member of the American Legion for 53 years, he was past commander of the Police and Fire Post in Washington and a member of Springfield Post 176. While in the Washington area, he lived in the District, Alexandria and Woodbridge.

After retiring from the police force, Mr. Watson moved to Junction City, Kan. He became police chief there and served for four years before moving to southwestern Missouri.

Mr. Watson was born in Chester, Pa., and grew up in Perryville, Md., and Ogden, Utah. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He attended American University and graduated from the FBI Academy in 1970.

After leaving his law enforcement career, Mr. Watson pursued his lifelong love of journalism. He was editor of five weekly news publications in southwestern Missouri. He also owned and published a weekly newspaper. He was a freelance writer and wrote two unpublished crime novels.

He was active in the Elks and other groups in Joplin.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jane Knauss Watson of Joplin; two children, Leah Watson-McDonough of Dallas and Robert C. Watson Jr. of Manhattan, Kan.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Robert Watson led the D.C. police's 7th District.