William P. Roche
William P. Roche, 80, former treasurer and vice president for finance at Catholic University and managing partner at the accounting firm Thomas Havey & Co., died of congestive heart failure Nov. 18 at Shady Grove Hospital in Rockville. He was a Silver Spring resident.
Mr. Roche began his career in the accounting department of Catholic University and then formed McGinley & Roche in 1962 and McGinley, Roche & Mallory in 1969. In 1979, the firm merged with Thomas Havey & Co. of Chicago, and Mr. Roche became managing partner of the Washington office.
In 1988, he was appointed vice president for finance and treasurer for Catholic University and worked there until retiring in 1993.
Mr. Roche served as a volunteer for a large number of organizations. He was member of the finance council for the Archdiocese of Washington and chairman of the 1985 and 1986 Archbishop's Appeal. He was a board member of Christ Child Society Inc., Olney Theatre Corp. & University Players Inc., Circus Saints and Sinners, P.T. Barnum Tent, Associated Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese, Catholic Charities Corp., Center for Life at Providence Hospital and St. Ann's Infant and Maternal Home. He also was treasurer of the Immaculata Preparatory School Fathers' Club.
In 1993, Pope John Paul II gave him the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice insignia for his work in the Catholic Church. In 1983, Mr. Roche was the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award in the field of business and finance from Catholic University.
He was a member of the Federal Order of the Knights of Malta and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of St. Bartholomew Church of Bethesda and Our Lady of Grace Church in Silver Spring.
Mr. Roche was born in Winthrop, Mass., and moved with his family to Washington in 1928. He attended Gonzaga College High School and graduated from Eastern High School. During World War II, he served as a bombardier/navigator in the Army Air Corps and was a member of the 390th Bombardment Group, flying 17 missions over enemy territory.
He was a 1948 graduate of Strayer College and received his CPA certificate in 1952. He was a 1962 graduate of the Columbus School of Law of Catholic University.
Mr. Roche lectured on legal accounting at the Columbus School of Law and taught income taxation and tax law for small businesses in Catholic's adult education program.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Travis Roche of Silver Spring; four children, William P. Roche Jr. of Poolesville, Thomas E. Roche of Silver Spring, Joseph P. Roche of Potomac and Monica R. Allston of Olney; and 17 grandchildren.
Matthew Eugene Buresch
World Bank Energy Economist
Matthew Eugene Buresch, 51, a senior energy economist at the World Bank, died of melanoma Nov. 24 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Buresch, who lived in Washington for 17 years, had a career in international economic development that took him to more than 30 countries. He was devoted to renewable energy and published a book, "Photovoltaic Energy Systems: Design and Installation" (1983), on the topic.
He had worked at the World Bank in private-sector power reform since 2004. He previously was a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche and manager at a number of consulting firms. He also was a professor of business strategy at American University of Bulgaria in the mid-1990s.
Mr. Buresch was born in Great Neck, N.Y. His maternal grandfather was Allen W. Dulles, former director of the CIA, and his paternal grandfather was Eugen Buresch, the chancellor of Austria in 1934. Mr. Buresch held American and Austrian citizenships.
He graduated from Antioch University and received a master's degree in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. He was a trustee of A Rocha, an international Christian environmental organization. His first cousin, once removed, is Avery Dulles, the first U.S. theologian named to the Catholic Church's College of Cardinals.
He was a member and volunteer at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.
His marriage to Victoria Cox ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of eight years, Lyubomira Dzhonova Buresch of Washington; two children from his second marriage, Jasmina and Eugene Buresch, both of Washington; his mother, Joan Buresch-Talley of Santa Fe, N.M.; a sister; two half sisters; and a half brother.
Richard Charles Johnson
Richard Charles Johnson, 77, a retired captain in the Navy, died of complications from an infection Nov. 23 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. He was a resident of Vienna.
Capt. Johnson served in the Navy from 1947 until 1976, as a naval aviator and assistant air officer on the aircraft carrier Intrepid during the Vietnam War. His last assignment was as division director of the Logistics Management Division of the Naval Air Systems Command.
He worked for defense contractors Syscon Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. as a logistics manager until his second retirement in 1993.
A native of Brookline, Mass., Capt. Johnson attended Boston University and graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He was a member of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Vienna and the Westwood Country Club.
His marriage to Doris Mae Johnson ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Joan Johnson of Vienna; two sons, Mark Johnson of Vienna and William Johnson of Casselberry, Fla.; two daughters from his first marriage, Denise Squire of Las Vegas and Donna Morton of Ranger, Ga.; two stepdaughters, Deborah Manderbach of Wyomissing, Pa., and Delaine Beane of Pensacola, Fla.; and 13 grandchildren.
Thomas C. Shumaker
Service Station Owner
Thomas Craig Shumaker, 81, a retired service station owner who stayed in the business as a cashier after moving to Northern Virginia, died Nov. 8 of complications of lymphoma at Inova Commonwealth Care Center in Fairfax County.
Mr. Shumaker was born in Lenoir, N.C., and at 17 joined the Navy. During World War II, he served as an aircraft engine mechanic based in the New Hebrides Islands in the South Pacific.
He married in 1952 and moved to Cleveland, where he bought a service station that became one of the highest grossing Arco stations in Ohio.
In 1987, Mr. Shumaker retired and moved with his wife to Fairfax. He quickly found a way to remain in the business he loved by working as a cashier at Dulles Exxon in Chantilly. His friendly smile and expert advice soon made him a favorite with customers and co-workers, family members said.
He was an active member of Reston Bible Church, where, as a greeter, he extended handshakes and hugs to Sunday morning worshipers.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Mary Poole Schumaker of Fairfax; two daughters, Carol Schumaker of Fairfax and Linda Shumaker George of Summit, N.J.; a brother; a sister; one grandson; two step-grandsons; and three step-great-grandchildren.
Melvin P. Lader
Art History Professor
Melvin P. Lader, 58, an art history professor at George Washington University for 27 years, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 16 at his home in Fairfax County.
Dr. Lader joined GWU as an assistant professor of art history in 1978 and became a full professor in 1989.
As an art historian, he researched and wrote extensively about Armenian-born artist Arshile Gorky and other artists in the abstract expressionist movement. He co-wrote the catalog for the 2003 exhibition "Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective of Drawings" at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Dr. Lader, a native of Auburn, N.Y., received a bachelor's degree in 1969 and a master's degree in art history in 1972 from the State University of New York at Albany. He received a PhD in art history from the University of Delaware in 1981.
He and his wife shared an interest in genealogy, and they worked at a family history center in Springfield helping people research their family history.
He was a member of the Early American Pattern Glass Society and a dealer in early American pattern glass.
He also was a member of the College Art Association, the Association of Historians of American Art, Archives of American Art and the Catalogue Raisonne Scholars Association.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Roberta Cole Lader of Fairfax County; two sons, Matthew Lader of Chesapeake, Va., and Christopher Lader of Fairfax County; and three sisters.