Abraham Jacob Levine

HUD Official

Abraham Jacob Levine, 89, a retired public policy official for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, died Nov. 19 at the Riderwood Village retirement community in Silver Spring. He had heart disease.

Mr. Levine joined the old U.S. Housing Authority in 1940 and spent 33 years working for its successor agencies. He retired from HUD as chief of the publicly financed programs branch under the assistant secretary for housing management.

During his career, he worked on urban renewal, slum clearance, public housing management, housing assistance and urban planning.

He managed two public housing projects -- in Indiana and Ohio -- helped draft national housing regulations and oversaw federal public housing assistance programs.

He received commendations from the HUD secretary for his service and was awarded a lifetime membership in the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

He was a native of Springfield, Mass., and a 1937 cum laude sociology graduate of Harvard University.

In retirement, he did volunteer work for citizen advisory committees to Montgomery County government on issues affecting fiscal affairs and community development.

He was a former Kensington resident and a former member of the Montgomery County Men's Garden Club.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Bertha Beiff Levine of Silver Spring; three children, Paul Levine of Rockville and Rick Levine and Barbara Harsha, both of Silver Spring; a sister; and six grandchildren.

Robert Geoffrey Krauss


Robert Geoffrey Krauss, 52, a steamfitter and sales engineer with a mechanical construction and service supplier, died Nov. 25 at Washington Hospital Center after he was struck by a car.

Mr. Krauss was using a leaf blower along Piping Rock Drive in Silver Spring when he was hit by a passing vehicle, according to Montgomery County police.

He was born in Bethesda and graduated from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring. He became a journeyman steamfitter with Local 602 of the steamfitters union and worked on major public and private buildings in the area, including the White House and the Octagon House, behind which are the headquarters of the American Institute of Architects. He was a sales engineer for W.E. Bowers Inc.

He had a farm in Williston, Md., on the Eastern Shore.

Survivors include his parents, Wilburta Cornelius of Montgomery Village and Robert W. Krauss of Williston, and a brother, Douglas A. Krauss of Montgomery Village.

Bessie Franklin 'Nana' Turner

PTA Leader

Bessie Franklin "Nana" Turner, 83, a District resident who was active in the local and national PTA for nearly 40 years, died Nov. 23 at Providence Hospital of complications of chronic pulmonary disease.

Mrs. Turner began her involvement with the PTA in 1952 as a parent volunteering at her children's schools. She rose to leadership positions on the local and national levels, including first and second vice president. Locally, she also had served as parent membership chairman and president of the Shoe and Rubber Fund.

She was born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and moved to Washington as a child. She graduated from Dunbar High School and attended Virginia State University. She worked in the D.C. public schools in personnel recertification for more than 20 years, retiring in 1985.

She was known as "the other mother" of a number of young people. She also was called the "mother" of the Howard University Marching Band when one of her daughters was captain of the flag twirlers and Mrs. Turner traveled with the band.

Mrs. Turner was a member of the St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in the District.

Her husband, Roy C. Turner, died in 1998.

Survivors include two daughters, Pamella T. Wilkins of Washington and Vernice T. Turner of Lanham; and two grandchildren.

Alice Heinbuch Harrison

Bank Employee

Alice Heinbuch Harrison, 93, who spent 44 years working for the old National Bank of Washington and retired as a secretary in 1974, died Nov. 23 at a nursing home in Indianapolis after a stroke.

Mrs. Harrison, who spent much of her bank career doing bookkeeping work, moved to Indianapolis from Arlington more than two years ago.

She was an Arlington native and attended Washington-Lee High School.

She was a member of Christ Crossman United Methodist Church in Falls Church. She did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels and what is now Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

Her avocations included crocheting.

Her husband of 53 years, Warren J. Harrison, died in 1996.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Werne of Lafayette, Colo., and Donna Fletcher of Indianapolis; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.