Joan Estelle Abel

AT&T Supervisor

Joan Estelle Abel, 77, a longtime supervisor for AT&T, died of cancer Oct. 3 at her home in Gaithersburg.

Miss Abel was born in Washington and raised in Gaithersburg. She was a 1947 graduate of Gaithersburg High School, where she was a member of the girls' basketball team. When she was in high school, she worked as a soda jerk at a Gaithersburg drugstore.

She joined AT&T soon after high school and worked as a plant assignment supervisor at locations in Virginia and Silver Spring until her retirement in 1986. She then cared for her parents.

She was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg.

Survivors include a sister.

Burnside Elijah Huffman

Army Veteran of 3 Wars

Burnside Elijah Huffman, 85, a retired Army major general who was a combat veteran of three wars and former chief of staff of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va., died of pneumonia Oct. 3 at his home in McLean.

Gen. Huffman was a native of Columbus, Ga., and a 1941 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also graduated from the Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He received a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University in 1965.

His combat experience began during World War II, when in its final months he served in Europe with the 718th Field Artillery Battalion of the 63rd Infantry Division.

In the Korean War, he made two jumps into North Korea with the 674th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, which at the time was made a part of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team.

In 1965, he was assigned to II Field Forces command in Vietnam, first as artillery commanding general and then as chief of staff. He served about 10 months in Vietnam before he was promoted to major general and reassigned to the Pentagon as the Army senior member of the Defense Secretary's Weapons Systems Evaluation Group.

In between his war service, Gen. Huffman served as chief of staff of the 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Benning; G-3 operations chief of the 8th U.S. Army in Seoul; and assistant division commander of the 82nd Airborne Division.

He settled in McLean after his retirement from active military duty in 1975. That year, his health declined from a neurological disorder, limiting his physical capabilities.

He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, playing bridge, fishing and summer trips to Rehoboth Beach, Del., where he was skilled at catching rockfish. He also volunteered as treasurer of several West Point class reunions.

His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars and the Air Medal.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Margaret "Marka" Uncles Huffman of McLean; four children, Lucy H. Ballard of Redwood City, Calif., Elizabeth H. Trabucco of Bethesda, Rebecca H. McElroy of Raleigh, N.C., and John U. Huffman of Arlington; and seven grandchildren.

Elizabeth Good Wolfson

Garfinckel's Employee

Elizabeth Good Wolfson, 82, a Cincinnati native who was raised in Washington and graduated from the Holton-Arms School, which was then based in the District, died Oct. 15 at her home in Point Pleasant, N.J. She had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mrs. Wolfson was a graduate of Rollins College in Florida and spent about a decade in sales at Garfinckel's department store in Washington before marrying in 1953. She later ran a boutique in Bay Head, N.J., near her then-home in Mantoloking, N.J.

Survivors include her husband, Norman Wolfson of Point Pleasant; three children, Amy Bigerna of South Orange, N.J., Thomas Wolfson of Del Mar, Calif., and Michael Wolfson of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister; and two grandchildren.