Samuel D. Bingman Jr.

ICC Official

Samuel David Bingman Jr., 73, who spent about 20 years at the Interstate Commerce Commission and retired in the mid-1980s as training director, died Nov. 25 at Holy Cross Hospital. He had complications from knee surgery that week.

Mr. Bingman, a Chevy Chase resident, worked in retirement as a handyman, a real estate agent for Fairfax Realty and a substitute teacher in Montgomery County.

He was a native of La Juanta, Colo., and a 1955 graduate of the old College of Emporia in Kansas. After Army service in Korea, he attended George Washington University law school.

In the 1960s, he taught and became a dean of faculty at what is now Strayer University.

He was a member of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda. He also was a gourmet cook.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Margaret Renshaw Bingman of Chevy Chase; two children, Annette Olmert of Rockville and Bruce Bingman of New York; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Ruth Peck Maddox

Office Manager

Ruth Peck Maddox, 87, office manager of Hugh T. Peck Properties, a Montgomery County-based real estate business owned by her brother, died Nov. 29 at the National Lutheran Home in Rockville. She had dementia.

Mrs. Maddox worked for the now-defunct company from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s.

She was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of the old Central High School. She was a former resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring.

Her marriage to John C. Maddox ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, John W. Maddox of Purcellville and Robert C. Maddox of Potomac; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

Bruce O. Francis

Tech Company Co-founder

Bruce Owen Francis, 55, an engineer and North Potomac resident who helped start technology companies, died Nov. 28 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He had a brain tumor.

Mr. Francis came to the Washington area in 1980 and was a co-founder of Advanced Navigation Inc., a developer of navigational applications. BF Goodrich acquired the business in 1989, and Mr. Francis spent several years as a consultant for Goodrich and also for Circuit City.

In the 1990s, he co-founded Comfort Technology, which manufactured a heat pump controller for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. He also sold that business.

In recent years, he designed and managed Web sites.

He was born in Fort Scott, Kan., and raised in Garden City, Kan. He was an electrical engineering graduate of the University of Kansas.

Early in his career, he was a vice president of engineering for Austron Inc., an Austin-based supplier of time and frequency products.

A tennis player, he was webmaster and served on committees of area tennis organizations. He recently received an award from the Montgomery County Tennis Association for his contributions to tennis in Maryland.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Nancy McCartney Francis of North Potomac; two brothers; and a half brother.