Ross MacAskill Sr.
Marine Colonel, Consultant
Ross Morrison MacAskill Sr., 84, a retired Marine Corps colonel who later owned an executive consulting firm in Washington, died of lymphoma Sept. 29 at his home in Fort Belvoir. He had lived in the Washington area for the past 35 years.
He was born in Des Moines and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Dubuque in Iowa. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in April 1942. During World War II, he served as a platoon commander and company commander with the 1st Marine Division in the campaigns of North China, Guadalcanal, Tinian, Peleliu and Okinawa.
During the Korean War, he served as a battalion executive officer with the 1st Marine Division. He was the commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, which was the first Marine infantry battalion to land in Vietnam in 1963.
His other duty assignments included serving as commanding officer of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. He also was a Marine officer instructor at the University of Utah and had assignments at Marine Corps headquarters and with the undersecretary of defense.
His awards included the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal and Presidential Unit Citation.
He received a master's degree in public administration from Ohio State University in 1949, a PhD in public administration from American University in 1952 and an LLB from LaSalle University in Chicago in 1958. He also completed postdoctoral work at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1968, Col. MacAskill operated Ross MacAskill Associates in Washington until 1984.
He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and active in the leadership of The Fairfax retirement home. He was a 32nd-degree Mason (Home Lodge No. 370 in Des Moines) and a member of the St. Andrew's Society of Washington.
Col. MacAskill was also a charter member of the Pentagon Officers Athletic Association and was active in the handball club there.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Helen Humke MacAskill of Fort Belvoir; three children, Ross MacAskill Jr. of Colorado Springs, Collin Anne Kerstetter of Iowa City and Mary Christine "Chris" Motley of Alexandria; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Doctor Earnest McKnight
Doctor Earnest McKnight, 92, a former heating engineer at the National Zoological Park, died of dysrhythmia Sept. 29 at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham.
Mr. McKnight, known as "Doc" and "Mac," was born in Louisburg, N.C. During World War II, he was a sergeant in the Army, serving with an engineering unit in the Asian Pacific Theater. He participated in the Battle for New Guinea.
After the war, he moved to the District and began work at the National Zoological Park. He retired in 1973 and moved to Buena, N.J., two years later.
His first wife, Ruth Little McKnight, died in 1975. His second wife, Emma Whitley McKnight, died in 1984.
Survivors include a sister, Odessa Morris of Washington.
Shawn M. Bentley
Shawn M. Bentley, 41, a Time Warner AOL vice president and a former congressional aide to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), died Sept. 29 of cancer at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was a Fairfax resident.
Mr. Bentley became corporate counsel to Time Warner AOL in 2002 and served as vice president for intellectual property and global public policy until his death. He was recognized as an accomplished lawyer, lobbyist and political advocate, as well as a musician and person of comedic wit.
For nearly 10 years, he worked with Hatch as chief intellectual property counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He played a key role in crafting the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act of 2001, which gave accredited nonprofit educational institutions the right to freely use copyrighted works in distance education, and the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act, which allowed satellite companies to offer local broadcast channels.
John Schulman, executive vice president and general counsel of Warner Bros., described Mr. Bentley as incredibly smart and funny.
Mr. Bentley was a gifted guitarist, a sometime deejay and occasional comedian. He appreciated fine literature and was often found enjoying a good book.
Mr. Bentley was born in St. George, Utah, and graduated cum laude in English from Brigham Young University in 1987. He received a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1990, where he received the Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. Mr. Bentley then was an associate at the Dow, Lohnes & Albertson law firm in Washington.
He was honored in April by his colleagues and friends from Capitol Hill at an event to support his family during his battle with cancer.
Mr. Bentley was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From 1982 to 1984, he served on a full-time church mission in Brazil. He also served his church as a Sunday school teacher and elders' quorum president.
Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Becky Daines Bentley, and two daughters, Kathryn Bentley and Samantha Bentley, all of Fairfax; his parents, Marion and De Anna Bentley of Provo, Utah; and five brothers.