Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
James S. Peelman, 90, a career FBI agent who retired in 1978 as chief of the bureau’s civil rights section in Washington, died Jan. 22 in the rehabilitation wing of a Rockville retirement community. The cause of death was vascular disease, said a daughter, Darlene Merry.
Mr. Peelman, a Potomac resident, was a Cincinnati native and a Navy pilot during World War II. He had a 28-year career with the FBI. He won eight senior club championships at the Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Md., where he served two terms as club president.
Craig Voorhees, 92, who managed accounts and NASA projects at the Boeing Co. in Washington from 1986 until his retirement in 1990, died Jan. 29 at a hospital in Rockville, Md. The cause was complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said a friend and neighbor, Robert Zich.
Mr. Voorhees was born in Glen, N.Y., and moved to the Washington area in 1964. He was a project manager at the Atomic Energy Commission and later spent 17 years a staff member of what is now the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He worked at the National Academy of Public Administration from 1982 to 1986, when he joined Boeing. He lived in Rockville, Md.
William L. Cleary, 66, a transportation systems engineer who worked with the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for 16 years, died Dec. 18 at his home in Beltsville, Md. The cause was complications following heart-valve replacement surgery, said a daughter, Kirsten Cleary Zuzin.
Mr. Cleary was born in Cheverly, Md., and grew up in Landover Hills, Md. He held executive roles at several leading consulting firms, including Operations Research Inc., Fairchild Space and Defense Corp. and EA Engineering, Science and Technology. He joined the Energy Department in 1998. His memberships included the Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Beltsville.
Robert C. Brouns, 93, a retired Air Force colonel who later worked as an engineer with the Energy Department to help develop power generators for spacecraft, died Jan. 9 at a hospital in Olney, Md. The cause was a stroke, said a daughter, Ann B. Conway.
Col. Brouns was born in Osakis, Minn., and was an Army Air Forces meteorologist during World War II. He stayed in the service when the Air Force was formed in 1947, working in engineering and aircraft structural testing. He was on special assignment to NASA to work in support of the Apollo program and a satellite program. After retiring from the Air Force in 1969, Col. Brouns worked at the Atomic Energy Commission, which later became part of the Energy Department, until his retirement in 1986. He lived in Rockville, Md., where he was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
— From staff reports