Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Bertram Snyder, 90, an internist who had a private practice in Arlington, Va., from 1953 to 1999, died Feb. 21 at a hospital in Arlington. The cause was acute respiratory failure, said a daughter, Cynthia Snyder.
Dr. Snyder, a resident of Falls Church, Va., was born in New York and graduated from medical school at 21. He was a past chief of the medical department at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital in Arlington and past medical director of the Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church. He was a volunteer physician at the Arlington Free Clinic.
Sue Rowell, 75, an office manager for the Syska Hennessy Group, an engineering consultation firm, from 2001 to 2013, died Feb. 28 at a hospital in Fairfax County, Va. The cause was lung cancer, said a daughter, Debbie Frank.
Mrs. Rowell, a resident of Gainesville, Va., was born Sue Pierce in Abingdon, Va. She settled in the Washington area in the early 1960s and was a clerk and executive secretary at government agencies for the next several decades, including Department of Health and Human Services, the Army Audit Agency and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. She volunteered at the Northern Virginia Training Center in Fairfax County, a state-run institution for people with disabilities.
Benjamin Martin, 100, a longtime union official who later served as a labor specialist at the State Department for about 10 years until retiring in 1977, died Feb. 19 at his home in Washington. The cause was complications from prostate surgery, said a son, Serge Martin.
Mr. Martin was born in Chicago. Early in his career, he was on the national field staff of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America and an international representative of the United Steelworkers. He joined the U.S. Information Agency in the early 1960s and was a labor attache at the U.S. embassy in Chile. He moved to Washington in 1966.
In retirement, Mr. Martin wrote a book, “The Agony of Modernization: Labor and Industrialization in Spain” (1990), was a lecturer at American University and Cornell University and a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Veronica Mason, 74, who ran her own day-care service at her home in Potomac, Md., for more than 30 years, died March 13 at a hospital in Rockville, Md. The cause was complications from pancreatic cancer, said a son, Christopher Mason.
Mrs. Mason was born Maria Veronica Gandarillas in Santiago, Chile. She moved from the Palo Alto area in California to Alexandria, Va., before settling in Potomac in the early 1980s. She was the director of Copenhaver Park in Potomac and a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Rockville.
Foreign Service officer
Perry “Pete” Peterson, 94, a Foreign Service officer and World War II Army Air Forces bombardier who was taken prisoner by the German army after having been shot down over France, died March 6 at a care center in Medford, Ore. The cause was pneumonia, said a son, Steven Peterson.
Mr. Peterson was born in Omaha. He joined the Foreign Service in 1950, was soon assigned to the newly created U.S. Information Agency and worked in Europe, Africa and Asia specializing in public affairs. He retired in 1980 and later moved to Oregon from Fairfax County, Va.
During the war, he was awarded the Silver Star for helping to guide his aircraft back to its base in England after having suffered a wound in his throat from a piece of shrapnel that pierced the bombardier bubble of his aircraft. In October 1944, he was shot down over France and held as a POW until the war in Europe ended in the spring of 1945.
Virginia Rosick, 90, a business manager who became vice president of McLean, Va.-based EPM Publications for about 25 years before retiring in 1999, died Feb. 9 at an assisted-living center in Scottsdale, Ariz. The cause was respiratory failure, said a daughter, Patricia Roderick.
Mrs. Rosick, a Scottsdale resident, was born Virginia Sands in Brooklyn and grew up in Washington. In the 1940s, she was a typist for the federal government and then for an insurance agency. She was also an accountant for her husband’s bookstores in Washington and Alexandria from 1962 to 1983. Mrs. Rosick was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Md., and moved to Scottsdale from Silver Spring in 2012.
— From staff reports