Jane Becker Hopkins
Church Administrative Secretary
Jane Becker Hopkins, 87, a former church administrative secretary, died Sept. 28 at Montgomery General Hospital after a heart attack. She lived in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Hopkins was born in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., and raised in Chevy Chase, where she graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1935.
In 1944, at age 26, she received a pilot's license and qualified to enter the Women's Air Force Service Pilots corps at the end of World War II.
Trained at the Washington School for Secretaries, Mrs. Hopkins worked for the rector at All Saint's Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase from 1961 to 1974 and then for the next three years at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.
She also worked two years at an Episcopal church in Santa Rosa, Calif., before retiring in 1979.
Mrs. Hopkins was a volunteer at Montgomery General Hospital, the Inter-Faith Chapel in Leisure World at Silver Spring and the Sandy Spring fire department.
Her husband of 33 years, Herbert C. Hopkins Jr., died in 1974.
Survivors include two daughters, Wendy Huddleston of Hansville, Wash., and Jennie Rubin of Novelty, Ohio; a son, Herb Hopkins of Reston; a sister; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Frederick M. Gloeckler Sr.
Navy Department Official
Frederick M. Gloeckler Sr., 89, a Navy Department civilian who retired in 1972 as director of advanced systems for the Naval Air Systems Command, died Oct. 9 at his home McLean. He had heart disease.
Mr. Gloeckler joined the Navy Department in 1938, after receiving a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from New York University. He worked in the Philadelphia area before settling in the Washington area in 1959.
During World War II, he had a major role in designing and testing the PBN-1 Nomad seaplane. He also was project engineer and manager of the Gorgon missile program that produced experimental missiles using jet and rocket propulsion with several types of guidance systems and aerodynamic configurations.
Starting in 1959, he was director of research and analysis at the Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics and worked on the development of aircraft and missile systems. His decorations included the Navy Civilian Career Achievement Award.
In retirement, he did consulting work on aircraft design and testing matters.
Frederick Matthew Gloeckler Sr. was born in New York and raised in Teaneck, N.J. In high school, he was active in the aviation club that took flight training at the Teterboro, N.J., airport.
He was a founding member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in McLean. He also was a choir member and church elder and served in several offices, including chairman of the building committee.
He was a former chairman of Fairfax Community Ministry and a former member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board of Fairfax County.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Rae Keith Gloeckler of McLean; two children, Frederick M. Gloeckler Jr. of Alexandria and Linda G. Wenri of Great Falls; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Lucille W. Evans
Lucille W. Evans, 94, a Washington public school teacher for 36 years, died of a stroke and congestive heart failure Oct. 14 at Suburban Hospital. She was a Washington resident.
Mrs. Evans taught math and science from 1946 until 1982, when she retired as chairman of the math department of Calvin Coolidge High School.
She was born in Annemanie, Ala., and graduated from Knoxville College in Tennessee. She received a master's degree in math at the University of Michigan in 1943.
She arrived in Washington during World War II to work for the Coast and Geodetic Survey in the Commerce Department. After the war, she joined the faculty of Howard University and was a demonstration teacher for the old Miner Teachers College. She joined the District's public schools in 1946 and taught at Terrell, Eliot, Banneker, Browne and MacFarland junior highs before moving to Coolidge.
Mrs. Evans was a member of 15th Street Presbyterian Church since the early 1940s. She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and Neighbors Inc., a civic group.
Her husband, Robert L. Evans, died in 1968.
Survivors include three sons, Robert L. Evans Jr. of Silver Spring, Roscoe L. Evans of Washington and Gary E. Evans of Great Falls; and a grandson.
Henry L. Rucker
D.C. Court Official
Henry L. Rucker, 63, who served as D.C. register of wills from 1981 to 1987, died Oct. 7 of colon cancer at the Washington Nursing Facility. He was a Washington resident.
Mr. Rucker began working at the Office of Register of Wills for the D.C. Superior Court in 1975, serving initially as deputy and then chief deputy register of wills. In 1981, Mr. Rucker was appointed to the top position, in which he remained until 1987.
He then went into private legal practice, specializing in wills, estates and trusts. In 1993, he temporarily retired and began volunteering with and later working for Food & Friends Inc., an organization that provides meals to the home of people with HIV or AIDS.
Mr. Rucker, who was known as Hank, was born in Atlanta and grew up in Bridgeport, Conn. He graduated from Tufts University in Massachusetts in 1964 and volunteered for two years with the Peace Corps in Colombia. He organized vegetable gardens, made road and school repairs, and worked with athletic programs.
He also worked with the secretary of education in the city of Barranquilla to prepare teachers for the installation of televisions in classrooms that were to receive programs from Bogota, Colombia, and he taught English as a second language at the University of Barranquilla.
In 1966, Mr. Rucker began studying law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he won a John Hay Whitney Fellowship. He graduated in 1969 with a JD.
During law school, he worked as a law clerk for the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union in Sunflower County, Miss. While there, he was an official observer at polling places and assisted counsel in federal court cases about police harassment of civil rights activists such as Fannie Lou Hamer. He also served as a law clerk to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
From 1967 to 1969, he was a substitute teacher for D.C. public schools, teaching government and history in elementary, junior high and senior high schools.
After law school, Mr. Rucker worked as a Reginald Heber Fellow with Community Legal Services Inc. in Philadelphia, and in 1970, he returned to Bridgeport to teach.
He came to Washington in 1971 as a staff attorney at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program and eventually became managing attorney of the D.C. office. From 1973 to 1975, he served as an attorney for the Legal Services Plan of the District Council of Laborers in Washington.
He served on several legal and community organizations, including the Steering Committee for the estates and trusts section of the District of Columbia Bar and the Barney Neighborhood House board of trustees, where he was second vice president. The house tries to provide social services, health care and education to senior citizens and youths, among others, according to its Web site. He also was on the faculty of the Georgetown University/District of Columbia Bar Continuing Legal Education Program.
Survivors include three brothers.
Evelyn Joy Huntington
Evelyn Joy Huntington, 93, a registered nurse and audiologist, died of complications from congestive heart failure Oct. 14 at her Falls Church home.
Mrs. Huntington worked most recently as an audiologist for the Washington Hearing Society from 1966 to 1981.
She was born in Sullivan, Maine, and graduated from the nursing school at the University of Maine in 1932. She worked as a nurse with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and was the head nurse for the National Youth Administration in Eastport, Maine.
She married and moved to Washington in 1939, and began working at the old Doctors Hospital. The family moved briefly to Connecticut after World War II but returned to the Washington area in 1949, settling in Falls Church.
Mrs. Huntington was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington since 1950. She also enjoyed walking, gardening, needlework and summer trips to Maine.
Her husband of 62 years, Albert H. Huntington Jr., died in 2001.
Survivors include two children, Joy Huntington Roeder of South Freeport, Maine, and Albert H. Huntington III of McLean; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Odessa D. Robinson
Beauty Shop Owner
Odessa Davis Robinson, 78, a cosmetologist who owned and operated Odyssey Beauty Shop in Washington from 1957 to 1980, died Oct. 10 at her home in Silver Spring. She had cardiopulmonary arrest.
Mrs. Robinson, a Cleveland native, worked early in her career as a telephone operator in New York. She settled in the Washington area in 1952 and was a beautician.
She closed her shop in 1980 because she had cancer, from which she recovered. She then joined a bowling league.
Her marriage to Lewis Robinson ended in divorce.
She had no immediate survivors.
Kathleen H. Pritchard
Swiss Watch Historian
Kathleen H. Pritchard, 81, author of an authoritative encyclopedia on the Swiss clock and watch industry, died Oct. 13 of liver failure at the Manor Care nursing home in Bethesda. She was a resident of Bethesda.
Mrs. Pritchard was born in the silver mining town of Cobalt, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1945 and received a master's degree in fine arts and museum work from Radcliffe College in 1947.
She worked as a librarian at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and, from 1976 to 1989, at Satellite Systems Engineering in Bethesda, the firm her husband, Wilbur Pritchard, founded.
In the 1950s, she lived in Sudbury, Mass. In 1960, the engineering company her husband worked for purchased an Italian firm. He was sent to Rome to head up the acquisition. Mrs. Pritchard took with her a crate of peanut butter, fearful that she wouldn't be able to find the staple in Europe for her children.
From 1962 to 1967, she lived in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and then moved to the Washington area. She was active in the League of Women Voters in Massachusetts, California and the Washington area, and she served on the boards of the Montgomery County chapter and the National Capital Area League of Women Voters. She chaired the regional organization's transportation committee and was the Montgomery chapter's newsletter editor.
With her husband, she collected precision clocks and watches. She was a volunteer at the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors' museum in Columbia, Pa., and from 1982 to 1992 was a trustee of the museum.
Although reference works existed for British, French and American watch and clock companies, Mrs. Pritchard was annoyed that there was no such book for the Swiss industry. She decided to tackle the job and spent 20 years compiling information. In 1997, her 1,800-page, two-volume book, "Swiss Timepiece Makers, 1775-1975," was published. It covers more than 2,000 Swiss firms.
In 2000, Switzerland's Musee Internationale d'Horlogerie honored her with the Prix Gaia, a prize for outstanding work in the area of timekeeping.
She was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac.
Her husband died in 1999. A son, Hugh Pritchard, died in March.
Survivors include two daughters, Sarah M. Pritchard of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Ruth W. Pritchard-Kelly of Silver Spring; a sister; and four granddaughters.
James J. McGurrin
James J. McGurrin, 86, a labor lawyer who retired from the Civil Service Commission in 1974 as deputy director of the bureau of intergovernmental personnel, died Oct. 14 at his home in Arlington. He had throat cancer.
Mr. McGurrin spent most of his federal career with the commission. He was often lent to other agencies and was known for his interdepartmental work on a variety of special projects ranging from Foreign Service to military draft policy.
After his federal work, he became assistant general counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees and was a columnist for the publication Federal Times.
James Joseph McGurrin was a native of Scranton, Pa., and a graduate of George Washington University and its law school. He served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II.
He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and St. Ann Roman Catholic Church in Arlington.
His hobbies included the study of Irish and Celtic culture.
A daughter, Mary Catherine McGurrin, died in 1994.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Lois Ross McGurrin of Arlington; four children, Jean McGurrin of Washington, Kathy Dunlap of Pittsburgh, Jim McGurrin of Falls Church and Peggy McGurrin of Arlington; two sisters; two brothers; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
John F. Neyhard Jr.
John F. Neyhard Jr., 60, a software engineer with Northrop Grumman Corp., died Oct. 12 while visiting with friends and family in Albuquerque, N.M. He had melanoma.
Mr. Neyhard, a resident of Reston since 1975, was born in Louisville. He moved to the District as a teenager, graduated from Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in 1962 and received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966.
He was a software engineer with IBM Federal Systems for 28 years and, after the sale of that division, worked for another eight years for Lockheed Martin. He joined Northrop Grumman in 2003 and continued to work for the company's Information Technology-TASC group until his death.
While living in Cambridge, Mass., Mr. Neyhard volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He stayed in touch over the years with the young man he mentored, Gabor Korthy, now of Portland, Maine. Mr. Neyhard and his wife became godparents to Korthy's children.
A modeler in his spare time, he flew radio-controlled planes and built model cars. He was a member of an Alfa Romeo owners' club; bits and pieces of his red 1960 Spyder remain in the family garage.
He also was an excellent cabinetmaker.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Mary Neyhard of Reston; and a sister.
Baba Crocker, 84, a Washington resident and former performer with Liz Lerman's Dancers of the Third Age, a company of seniors, died Oct. 15 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She had lung disease.
Ms. Crocker was born in Portsmouth, England, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
While volunteering in London with the American Red Cross during World War II, she met her husband, Dr. Michael M. Yoburn, an American.
She spent many years in Danbury, Conn. After her divorce, she lived in Palm Beach, Fla., where she took up dancing and exercise classes. She settled in the Washington area in 1987.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. David C. Yoburn of Newton, Mass., and Byron C. Yoburn of Larchmont, N.J.; a brother; a sister; and four grandchildren.
Gerald P. 'Jerry' Bunton
Gerald P. "Jerry" Bunton, 65, a retired Central Intelligence Agency officer who rode bulls during his high school years, leaped out of airplanes during his Army years and twice served in Beirut when danger was at its height, died of a heart attack Oct. 17 at his home in Raphine, Va.
Between his overseas tours with the CIA, he lived in Herndon and McLean before moving to Raphine in 2000.
Mr. Bunton was born in Morris, Ill. He got his start in rodeo in Cody, Wyo., when he was 11 years old, and was a bull rider on the rodeo circuit every summer through high school.
After graduating from high school in 1958, he joined the 327th Airborne Battle Group of the 101st Airborne Division, serving from 1959 to 1964.
He received a bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1968 and a master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1968. He joined the CIA in 1969.
His first duty assignment was in Beirut in 1972. He also served in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Nairobi before returning to Beirut, where he replaced William Buckley as U.S. Embassy station chief after Buckley was kidnapped in 1984 by Muslim Shiite fundamentalists. (Buckley was tortured to death the next year.)
Mr. Bunton spent most of his second tour searching for and trying to free Terry Waite, Terry Anderson and other hostages while trying to keep himself from being kidnapped.
"It was a wild and woolly place," Bill Lofgren, a friend and former colleague, recalled -- a place where the former bull rider thrived.
Mr. Bunton's final duty assignment was Frankfurt before his retirement in 1992. He continued working with the agency on contract, taking temporary assignments in Bosnia, Iraq, Pakistan, Macedonia, Zimbabwe, Germany and the Czech Republic.
His marriage to Judith Ann Parker Bunton ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, JoEllen Spaulding Bunton of Raphine; a daughter form the first marriage, Cory Fatello of Hampton, N.H.; and three grandchildren.