Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Gerald E. Miller, 95, a retired Navy vice admiral who flew combat missions in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, died Nov. 6 at his home in Oakton, Va. The cause was cancer, said a son, Douglas Miller.
Adm. Miller was born in Sheridan, Wyo., and joined the Navy on his 17th birthday. He was a former commander of the Atlantic and Mediterranean fleets, the author of two books on nuclear weapons and naval aviation, and the recipient of three Distinguished Service Medals, four Legions of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired from active duty in 1974 after 38 years in the Navy. In retirement, he was a consultant to defense-related organizations and departments.
Mary L. Linstrom, 95, who worked with the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System for 11 years, died Nov. 9 at a nursing home in Adelphi, Md. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Elizabeth Linstrom.
Mrs. Linstrom, a Greenbelt, Md., resident, was born Mary Marcilliat near Somerset, Ky., and moved to the Washington area in 1948. She raised nine children in Greenbelt before joining the library’s Hyattsville location in 1967. She transferred to the library’s Greenbelt branch in the early 1970s. She was a past president of the Ladies of Charity at St. Hugh of Grenoble Catholic Church in Greenbelt and the Archdiocese of Washington. She volunteered with an interfaith council in Greenbelt and moved to Adelphi in 2011.
Chester N. Truax Jr., 87, a mining engineer and retired officer of the American Mining Congress, died Oct. 26 at a hospice in Branford, Conn. He had complications from a fall, said his sister, Ednajane Truax.
Mr. Truax was born in Belle Vernon, Pa. He was a mining engineer and college teacher in Pennsylvania and worked at a mine in Upstate New York before moving to the Washington area in 1961 as director of the coal division of the American Mining Congress. He lived in Alexandria, Va., until 1988, when he moved to Madison, Conn., after his retirement.
Carl R. Sturges, 90, a former Washington-area real estate broker and co-owner and operator of the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn restaurants in Bethesda, Wheaton, Gaithersburg and Greenbelt, Md., died Nov. 8 at a hospital in Phoenix. He had heart ailments, said a son, Robert Sturges.
Mr. Sturges, a Washington native, owned and operated Bethesda Realty from 1956 until he entered the restaurant business in 1970. He retired about a decade ago and later moved from Bethesda to Phoenix.
Thorndike Saville Jr., 89, who retired after 31 years with the Army Corps of Engineers in 1981 as the technical director of the Coastal Engineering Research Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., died Nov. 5 at a hospital in Washington. The cause was cardiac arrest, said a daughter, Sarah Saville Shaffer.
A Baltimore native, Mr. Saville was raised in Chapel Hill, N.C., and New York City. He moved to Washington in 1950 and began his civilian career with the Corps of Engineers as a hydraulic engineer. He joined the Coastal Engineering Research Center in 1963. He received many awards for his work and was a fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences, an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and a member of the Cosmos Club.
Hugh O. Muir, 82, a journalist who spent much of his career with the U.S. Information Agency and Voice of America, died Nov. 4 at a hospital in Fairfax County, Va. The cause was complications from a stroke, said his wife, Phyllis Muir.
Mr. Muir was a native Washingtonian who began his journalism career in New York with the old World-Telegram and Sun. He settled in Vienna, Va., in 1966 and worked briefly for The Washington Post before joining USIA, where he covered the White House, Capitol Hill, the State Department and the Pentagon. He was an information officer at the U.S. Embassy in London and the Nairobi-based East African bureau chief for the VOA. After retiring from federal service in 1991, he worked for a newspaper in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., before moving in 2005 to Fredericksburg, Va., where he wrote features for the Free Lance-Star newspaper.
Richard H. Harryman, 86, a self-employed artist and teacher, died Nov. 4 at his home in Severna Park, Md. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Deborah Rolig.
Mr. Harryman was born in Baltimore. He was a designer and illustrator for aerospace companies and government agencies before founding the Maryland College of Art and Design in Silver Spring in the 1970s. The school later was absorbed into Montgomery College. In addition to painting portraits of political leaders and other notables, Mr. Harryman was a lecturer and mentor to aspiring artists for many years.
Charles W. Beattie, 70, a commercial airline pilot and Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, died Nov. 6 at a medical center in New Bern, N.C. The cause was sudden cardiac death, according to the death certificate, said his wife, Paula Beattie.
Mr. Beattie was born in Middletown, Ohio. He settled in the Washington area in 1973 and was a pilot with Eastern Air Lines and US Airways from 1973 until 2004. He was a colonel in the Air Force Reserve and was a founder of Fort Hunt Youth Lacrosse in Northern Virginia. He was a resident of Alexandria, Va., before moving to Oriental, N.C., in 2005.
— From staff reports