Robert Wylie Kilpatrick

Economist, Professor

Robert Wylie Kilpatrick, 69, an economist with the Office of Management and Budget and a former professor of economics at Cornell University, died Oct. 13 of pneumonia and metastasized pancreatic cancer at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was a resident of the District.

Dr. Kilpatrick was born in Washington and received a bachelor's degree from Haverford College in Pennsylvania in 1957. He received a master's degree in 1958 and a doctorate in 1965, both from Yale University, and began his career as an economics professor at Cornell. He taught there from 1962 to 1971.

As a professor, he was known for his four-color pen, each color used to communicate a different message to his students. He enjoyed teaching and mentoring others and was proud of having overseen 19 doctoral dissertations during his nine years at Cornell.

He joined OMB in 1971 as a fiscal economist and worked on an array of issues in the budget divisions. He did substantial work with the Treasury Department, the General Accounting Office and other budget-related government agencies. He was a key member of the group of OMB experts who refine and enforce budget concepts, attempting to ensure that the budget includes all federal activities and records full costs upfront.

During the Reagan and Clinton administrations, he also collected and analyzed information on the theory and practice of budgeting for various kinds of capital. He worked with the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board to develop accounting standards and auditing guidance.

Dr. Kilpatrick was active with the cooperative where he lived and with the District Association of Cooperatives. He also was interested in historic preservation.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Justine Kilpatrick of the District.

William Martin Meyer

Furniture Company CEO

William Martin Meyer, 65, president and chief executive of Applied Ergonomic Solutions Inc., a specialty office furniture company, died of pancreatic cancer Oct. 31 at Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington. He was a Great Falls resident.

A fourth-generation Washingtonian, Mr. Meyer was born in the District and grew up in Chevy Chase. He attended Georgetown Preparatory School and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, where he was a short, stocky fullback on the 1958 championship football team and a sprinter on the track team. Football -- high school, college and professional -- was a passion.

He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Villanova University in 1963. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1964 to 1970. An art connoisseur and collector, he formerly was president and chief executive of Traders of the World Art, an art consulting company he founded in 1974. During the 1980s, he held executive positions with several manufacturers of office products, including Ginns Inc., Southern Office Supply and Corporate Express. He founded Applied Ergonomics in 1991.

Mr. Meyer remained interested in art throughout his life and often traveled to France, Greece, Italy and elsewhere in Western Europe to indulge his enthusiasm. He also enjoyed visiting the Dominican Republic and kept a country cottage in Canada, two hours north of Toronto.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Chantal Darmet Meyer of Great Falls; a sister, Sallie Ann Cantor, and a brother, F. Weller Meyer, both of Potomac.

Edward F. Canfield


Edward Francis Canfield, 83, managing partner from 1971 to 1993 at Casey, Scott and Canfield, a Washington law firm that specialized in government contracts and corporate law, died Oct. 30 at a hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He had respiratory failure.

Mr. Canfield spent his early career with RCA in New Jersey, working on government contracts, and then with Philco, where he became corporate director of government planning and marketing. He moved to the Washington area from Philadelphia in 1964 for Philco, the defense and home products manufacturing giant.

Mr. Canfield was a Philadelphia native and a 1943 graduate of what is now St. Joseph's University. He was a 1949 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania law school.

During World War II, he served in the Navy and participated in the landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was a Navy intelligence officer in New York during the Korean War.

He moved to Haverford, Pa., from Arlington in 1993. He continued to practice law in Washington at his firm, Canfield and Smith, where he represented mid-size businesses and industries.

He was a member of Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

His marriage to Janet Trotter Canfield ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Harvey Canfield, whom he married in 1993, of Haverford; two children from the first marriage, Janet Canfield of Marietta, Ga., and Andrew Canfield of Shelburne, Vt.; and two granddaughters.

Sidney M. Washington

Electronic Technician

Sidney Mitchell Washington, 50, a former field service electronic technician for Panasonic who worked in the same role most recently for Fax Plus in Arlington, died Oct. 31 at his home in Accokeek. He had leukemia.

Mr. Washington was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Woodrow Wilson Senior High School. He attended Federal City College, a predecessor of the University of the District of Columbia.

After brief service in the Navy and Navy Reserve, he joined Panasonic in 1980 and spent 20 years there. He had been with Fax Plus since 2001.

His hobbies included fishing.

Survivors include his wife of five years, Frances Hartley-Washington of Accokeek; a daughter from a previous relationship, Danyelle Washington of Rocky Mount, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Angela Hartley of Accokeek; his mother, Clara Washington of Miami Shores, Fla.; a sister, Denise Best of Miami Shores; and two brothers, Wallace Washington of Miami Shores and Walter Washington of Largo.