Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Roger Langsdorf, 85, a Washington-based lawyer with ITT Corp. who directed the company’s antitrust compliance, died Dec. 30 at a senior facility in Chevy Chase, Md. The cause was a stroke, said a daughter, Julie Langsdorf.
Mr. Langsdorf, a Chevy Chase resident, was born in New York City. He came to Washington in 1965 as a lawyer with the Federal Trade Commission. In 1973, he joined the legal staff of ITT, where he also served as assistant general counsel before retiring in 1998. In retirement, he was a volunteer with the Legal Aid Society.
Allen Thomas, 77, a former math teacher and football coach at Gaithersburg, Seneca Valley, Damascus, and Sherwood high schools in Montgomery County, Md., died Dec. 23 at his home in Clarksburg, Md. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Andi Bernat.
Mr. Thomas was born in Johnstown, Pa., and had lived in the Washington area since 1965. He was a Montgomery County teacher and coach from 1965 to 1993, and his various teams won nine state championships, his family said.
He spent five years as defensive coordinator for the football team at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., and, from 2008 to 2012, was back in Montgomery County coaching football at Sherwood High School and again at Damascus High School.
Herbert Broner, 88, a furniture business executive who retired in 1987 as chairman and chief executive of Mohasco Corp., died Dec. 10 at a care center in Potomac, Md. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son-in-law, Bruce Cort.
Mr. Broner, a Potomac resident, was born in Chelsea, Mass. Early on, he worked in the Washington area as a furniture buyer at the Hecht Co. He later worked with Rowe Furniture before joining Mohasco in 1968 and developing Cort Furniture Rental as a subsidiary. He became chairman and CEO of Mohasco in 1985. Mr. Broner retired two years later, after the company was purchased by Citicorp Venture Capital, but continued to serve as a consultant.
Margaret Ekern, 96, the wife of a Foreign Service officer who accompanied her husband to posts in Iceland, Sierra Leone and Germany, died Nov. 30 at a care center in Arlington, Va. The cause was heart ailments, said a daughter, Carol Connors.
Mrs. Ekern was born Margaret Tanner in Soledad, Calif., and was a 50-year resident of North Arlington. In the 1970s, she was a Washington tour guide. She also was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, a certified master gardener and a competitor in contract and duplicate international bridge tournaments.
Ruth Graze, 102, a Washington advertising executive who founded and ran Impact Advertising for 40 years until retiring in 2000, died Dec. 23 at her home in Arlington, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Gregory Graze.
Mrs. Graze was born Ruth Gordon in New York City and settled in the Washington area in the late 1930s. She was an intelligence analyst with what then was the War Department and an account executive with the Alvin Epstein Advertising Agency before opening her own business. She was a volunteer with Arlingtonians for a Better County, a nonpartisan political organization.
Anna Watkins, 97, an International Monetary Fund officer who retired in 1980 as chief of the operations division in the treasurers department, died Dec. 25 at a senior care center in Kensington, Md. The cause was heart ailments and Alzheimer’s disease, said a daughter, Katharine Webb.
Mrs. Watkins was born Anna Tandlerova in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, and settled in the Washington area in 1948. She worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization before joining the IMF in 1951.
An amateur historian, she wrote an article about the Jesuits and slavery published in 2012 by the journal of the Catholic Historical Society of Washington. She also edited a volume of the papers of Edmund A. Walsh, a Jesuit priest who founded Georgetown University’s foreign service school.
Harriett Jenkins, 90, who worked as NASA from 1974 to 1992 as assistant administrator for equal opportunity programs, where she helped recruit some of the space agency’s first African American astronauts, died Dec. 21 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was complications from a fall, said a friend, Zhalisa Clarke.
Dr. Jenkins, a Bethesda resident, was born Harriett Green in Fort Worth, Texas. She spent much of her early career in Berkeley, Calif., where she became assistant superintendent of schools, and she settled in the Washington area in the early 1970s. After leaving NASA, where she received honors for distinguished service, she spent four years as director at the Senate’s new office of fair employment practices. In 2000, NASA established a pre-doctoral fellowship program in her name to further the education of minority students.
Evelyn Cox, 91, the wife of a retired Navy rear admiral who became a member of the Northern Virginia Women’s Club, died Dec. 25 at her home in Fairfax County. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Thomas Cox.
Mrs. Cox was born Evelyn Brewer in Norfolk, Va. She accompanied her husband, Donald Cox, on assignments, was involved in the admirals’ wives clubs and settled in the Washington area in 1974.
Alan Teitzman, 62, a Capitol Hill dentist and orthodontist for 30 years, died Jan. 1 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was pancreatic cancer that spread to his liver, said his partner, Richard Fennell.
Dr. Teitzman, a District resident, was born in New York City and grew up in Hollywood, Fla. He came to the Washington area in 1978 and opened a dental practice here in 1986. He was an enthusiastic road runner and volleyball player.
Frank Angevine, 95, who retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in the late 1960s and then spent 17 years as a civilian with the Air Force Department, died Dec. 30 at his home in Temple Hills, Md. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, said a grandson, Byron Warnken.
Col. Angevine, a native of Brooklyn, served as an Army Air Forces in Europe pilot during World War II. He spent 19 months at a German prisoner of war camp after his plane was shot down over Czechoslovakia. He joined the Air Force when it became a separate service branch in 1947 and later worked in intelligence on active duty and as a civilian.
— From staff reports