Elsie S. Anderson


Elsie S. Anderson, 88, a former government clerk and longtime Montgomery County volunteer, died of pneumonia Oct. 9 at the National Lutheran Home in Rockville, where she lived.

Mrs. Anderson, a Washington area resident since the early 1950s, was born in Baltimore. She did volunteer work with the Coast Guard during World War II.

She worked as a clerk at the Government Printing Office in the 1950s and 1960s. She then became more active as a volunteer with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rockville, of which she was a member, and the National Lutheran Home.

In 1988, she received a community volunteer service award from the Rotary Club of Potomac.

Her husband of 38 years, Leif Anderson, died in 1973.

Survivors include a daughter, Carole Oxford of Olney; a son, Bruce Anderson of Fort Washington; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arwyn Arnhart

Railway Engineer

Arwyn Arnhart, 83, a retired senior research engineer specializing in brakes for what became Norfolk Southern Railway, died Oct. 28 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had complications from recent surgery for an aortic aneurysm.

Mr. Arnhart worked for Southern Railway for more than 30 years before its 1982 merger with the Norfolk and Western Railway. He retired soon after.

He was a native of Knoxville, Tenn., and a chemical engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee.

He served in the Army Air Forces in the China-Burma-India and Pacific theaters. He was a bombardier on B-29 Superfortresses. His decorations included two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He settled in the Washington area about 1950 and at his death was an Alexandria resident.

He was a member of Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton and the Shriners. He did volunteer work at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Emelia Rueter Arnhart of Alexandria; two sons, Stephen L. Arnhart of Sarasota, Fla., and Brad Arnhart of Montclair, Va.; two brothers, James Arnhart of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Tom Arnhart of Knoxville; a sister, Maxye Gunderson of Lake Anna, Va.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Colin Paul Hammon

Naval Aviator, Economist

Colin Paul Hammon, 72, a retired Navy captain who also worked as an economist specializing in industrial engineering, died Oct. 4 of lymphoma at the Gladys Spellman Specialty Hospital and Nursing Center in Cheverly. He lived in Catlett.

Capt. Hammon served 26 years in the Navy beginning as an ensign in 1954. While in the Navy, he graduated with a degree in geology from Oregon State University and received a master's degree in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School (1964) and a doctorate in resource economics from the University of Rhode Island (1975).

He commanded a helicopter anti-submarine squadron; served as a combat helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War; and helped implement the Navy Department's planning, programming and budgeting system as an assistant chief of programs at the Pentagon.

He also led a study investigating cost overruns on Navy shipbuilding programs and taught at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval War College.

After retiring from the Navy in 1980, he worked about three years as an adjunct professor of industrial engineering at the University of Washington. He then came back to the Washington area, where he helped prepare studies at the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Defense Analyses.

He co-authored papers on flight training, resource allocation process for the military reserves and the cost of integrating the private radio systems of federal law enforcement agencies.

His marriage to Shirley Hammon ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Elizabeth Austin Hammon of Catlett; three children from his first marriage, Kipp Hammon of Eugene, Ore., Shelly Jackson of Fredericksburg and Lisa Loper of Redmond, Wash.; three stepchildren, Ernest Austin Jr. of Fairfax, Edward Austin of Ashburn and Erin Austin of Lovettsville; four sisters; a brother; and 10 grandchildren.

Egon D. Petersen

Account Manager

Egon Dale Petersen, 60, a Herndon resident who had been an account manager for Electronic Data Systems in the Washington area since 1986, died Oct. 30 in a motorcycle crash near Franklin, W.Va.

A West Virginia State Police spokesman said Mr. Petersen was traveling east on U.S. Route 33 when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a car. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and the accident is not under further investigation.

Mr. Petersen was born in Honolulu and spent his high school years in Indianapolis. He was a graduate of Indiana University and received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii.

Early in his career, he handled flight software for Delta Air Lines. He joined Electronic Data Systems in Hawaii in the early 1980s.

He served in the Army in Vietnam from 1968 to 1971, and his decorations included the Bronze Star.

His memberships included a Vietnam War veterans group called In Memory and the Us Too prostate cancer support group. During the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, he was known as "the boot man" for giving away flowers he carried in his motorcycle boots.

His marriages to Mie Matsui Petersen and Bernadette O'Connor Petersen ended in divorce.

Survivors include a sister, Lisa Petersen of Owings.