Thomas C. Allder
circulation manager

Thomas C. Allder, a circulation manager for The Washington Post for 30 years, died July 15 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 72 and an Annapolis resident.

He had respiratory failure and a stroke, said his wife, Myrna Allder.

Thomas Clifford Allder was born in Washington. He grew up in Chevy Chase and graduated in 1958 from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He was a 1964 graduate of the University of Maryland and attended the University of Maryland law school in Baltimore.

As a young man, he was a circuit court clerk in Montgomery County.

After retiring from The Post in 2001, Mr. Allder enjoyed playing golf at the Potomac Ridge Golf Course in Waldorf.

His marriage to Sally Jane Wolford ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Myrna Robey Allder of Annapolis; three children from his first marriage, Thomas C. Allder Jr. and Matthew V. Allder, both of Little Compton, R.I., and Elizabeth J. Allder-Wordell of Portsmouth, R.I.; a stepdaughter, Charlene Robey of Annapolis; and six grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

Norman Larson
Navy captain

Norman Larson, who retired from the Navy at the rank of captain in 1977 and became an executive with defense contractor Research, Analysis and Management Corp., died July 29 at the Wilson Health Care Center at the Asbury Methodist Village retirement community in Gaithersburg. He was 87.

The cause was complications from dementia, said his daughter, Nancy Larson.

Capt. Larson served in the Army at the end of World War II, joined the Navy in 1949 and was a Korean War veteran. He specialized as a program officer and ship-design coordinator, and his final active-duty assignment was manager of acquisitions of special mission ships. His decorations included the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

After his military retirement, he became vice president and director of engineering at Research, Analysis and Management Corp. of Rockville. He worked there for 13 years, assisting the Navy as a contractor in the acquisition of ships.

Norman Oscar Larson was a native of St. Joseph, Mo., and a 1949 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. In 1955, he received a master’s degree in naval architecture and a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering, both from the Webb Institute in Glen Cove, N.Y.

He was a resident of Rockville and a volunteer counselor at the Washington DC Family History Center in Kensington.

His first marriage, to Barbara Hayes, ended in divorce. His second wife, Elizabeth Loughran, died in 1994.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Douglas Larson of Calabasas, Calif., Nancy Larson of Albany, Calif., and John Larson of Bremerton, Wash.; three stepchildren, Elizabeth Montanio of Lusby, Thomas Montanio of Dunn Loring and Richard Montanio of North Potomac; and seven grandchildren.

— Trishula Patel

Mary Jane Haas

Mary Jane Haas, a former docent at the National Portrait Gallery and at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Alexandria, died July 24 at Arleigh Burke Pavilion, a continuing care facility in McLean, where she had lived since 2010. She was 81.

The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Patricia Haas-Cleveland.

Mrs. Haas was also president in the 1990s of the board of directors of the Alexandria Lyceum, the official city history museum.

Mary Jane Farrell was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and moved to Alexandria as a child. She was valedictorian of her 1949 graduating class at the old St. Mary’s Academy in Alexandria and attended St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind. She left before graduating to marry George A. Haas in 1951. For most of their marriage, they lived in Alexandria. Mrs. Haas graduated from George Mason University in 1980.

Her avocations included collecting American antiques and folk art, gardening and playing the piano.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, of McLean, survivors include four children, Theresa H. Krause of Winchester, Va., Patricia Haas-Cleveland of New York, Susan H. Meyer of McLean and Christopher Haas of Alexandria; and seven grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes