Alfred Tolins

Structural Engineer

Alfred Tolins, 81, a retired Navy structural engineer, died of infection at the Keswick Multi-Care Center in Baltimore. He lived in Lorton for many years before moving to Columbia in the mid-1990s.

Mr. Tolins was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

After his discharge, he received bachelor's and master's degrees in structural engineering, both from City College of New York in the late 1940s. He received a master's degree in administration from George Washington University in the 1960s.

He moved to the Washington area in 1958 to work for the Navy Department as a structural engineer specializing in shore facilities. He was an expert on concrete and won a presidential award for inventing a cost-saving design for doors on "hush houses," testing facilities for jet engines. He also represented the Navy at engineering conferences around the world, including a NATO conference, where he gave a speech. He retired in 1990.

In retirement, he sang bass with several barbershop choruses, played chess regularly and enjoyed serving as a supernumerary with the Baltimore Opera. He also participated in Fairfax community theater.

His marriage to Alma Tolins ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of six years, Marjorie Silverman Tolins of Baltimore; two daughters from his first marriage, Amy Mann of Centreville and Victoria Tolins of Fairfax City; two stepchildren, Jeanne Adams of Richmond, Vt., and David Silverman of East Greenwich, R.I.; two brothers; two grandsons; and four step-grandchildren.

Robert P. Parkinson

Census Bureau Official

Robert P. Parkinson, 82, who worked for about 10 years for the Census Bureau before retiring in 1978 as head of the crime statistics analysis staff and acting director of the office of demographic analysis, died of emphysema Oct. 27 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

Before joining the Census Bureau in 1967, Mr. Parkinson was an analyst for the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare and an intelligence research specialist in the Far East branch of the State Department.

Mr. Parkinson, who had lived in Silver Spring since 1951, was a native of Muncie, Ind. He graduated from Indiana University and studied Mandarin Chinese at the University of California at Berkeley.

He served in the Army during World War II, including duty in China with the Office of Strategic Services.

He was an elder at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, an active member of the North White Oak Civic Association and a precinct worker with the Democratic Party.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Joan H. Parkinson of Silver Spring; two children, Nancy Parkinson Natoli of Silver Spring and Robert C. Parkinson of Kenner, La.; and five grandchildren.

Joseph A. Maloney

Union Station Employee

Joseph Ambrose Maloney, 88, a 30-year employee of Washington Terminal Co., which operates Union Station, died Oct. 27 at his home in Falls Church. He had a heart ailment.

Mr. Maloney retired in 1981 as a storekeeper, someone who helps oversee supplies used by janitors, mechanics and others at the station.

He was born in Philadelphia and raised in Washington, where he was a 1936 graduate of St. John's College High School. He attended what is now Strayer University.

Early in his career, he was a storekeeper for the Norfolk and Washington Steamboat Co. and worked in food service for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.

He was a former president of the Washington Terminal local of the Transportation Communications International Union, a member of the Knights of Columbus and a former assistant leader of Boy Scout Troop 681 in Falls Church.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mona Fleming Maloney of Falls Church; two children, Joseph Thomas "J.T." Maloney of Falls Church and Nancy Maloney of Anmore, B.C.

Eleanor Larsen Fisher

Club Member

Eleanor Larsen Fisher, 79, a homemaker, club member and longtime Alexandria resident, died Oct. 31 of cancer at her home.

Mrs. Fisher moved to Alexandria in 1963 and was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and also served as church secretary. She was a member of the Sunrise Women's Investment Club, for which she was secretary and treasurer, and was also a member of the Collingwood Garden Club and Mount Vernon Genealogy Society.

Mrs. Fisher was born in Fargo, N.D., and grew up in Chicago. She was a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. She was a ticket agent for Northwest Airlines in Chicago.

She was an excellent seamstress and knitter and enjoyed traveling, particularly to visit her mother's birthplace in Denmark.

Her husband of 52 years, Joseph Allen Fisher, died in 2001.

Survivors include five daughters, Nancy Fisher Schmitt of Corvallis, Ore., JoAnn Padgett of San Diego, Pamela Fisher of Charlottesville, Joelle Wirth of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Laurie Fisher of Whitefish, Mont.; and five grandchildren.