obituaries

The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES -

Obituaries of res­i­dents from the District, Mary­land and North­ern Vir­ginia.

Stephen Dachi, For­eign Ser­vice of­fi­cer

Stephen Dachi, 84, a ca­reer For­eign Ser­vice of­fi­cer who spent many years with the U.S. In­for­ma­tion Agency in Latin Amer­ica, Asia and Cen­tral Europe, died July 2 at his home in Wood­bridge, Va. The cause was cancer, said a daugh­ter, Sally Valdez.

Dr. Dachi was born in Bu­dapest and, af­ter be­ing or­phaned, grew up with rel­a­tives in Ro­ma­nia and Canada. He trained in oral pathol­ogy, helped start the University of Ken­tucky den­tal col­lege and served in the Peace Corps in South Amer­ica be­fore join­ing USIA in 1972. Among his po­si­tions, he served as pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer in Hun­gary from 1973 to 1977, Latin Amer­ica and Caribbean direc­tor from 1978 to 1984, and pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer in New Delhi from 1991 to 1994.

While in Sao Paulo as con­sul gen­eral in 1986, he used his oral pathol­ogy train­ing to play a role in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that iden­ti­fied the re­mains of Nazi war crim­i­nal Josef Men­gele af­ter the body had been ex­humed from a Brazil­ian ceme­tery a year ear­lier. He also helped trans­late a hand­writ­ten diary kept by Men­gele that led to the dis­cov­ery of the den­tist who had treated Men­gele.

Af­ter his For­eign Ser­vice re­tire­ment in 1996, he spent 14 years as chair­man for South Asia area stud­ies as well as spe­cial Afghanistan pro­grams at the State De­part­ment’s For­eign Ser­vice In­sti­tute. He also was an ad­junct pro­fes­sor at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton University, among other jobs.

Daniel Robin­son, project en­gi­neer, man­ager

Daniel Robin­son, 90, an elec­tron­ics en­gi­neer, project en­gi­neer and man­ager with Fairchild In­dus­tries in Ger­man­town, Md., from 1966 un­til his re­tire­ment in 1987, died July 1 at his home in Rockville, Md. The cause was Parkin­son’s dis­ease, said a son-in-law, Wil­liam Sweet.

Mr. Robin­son was born in New York and worked as an elec­tron­ics en­gi­neer with aero­space com­pa­nies on Long Is­land, be­fore set­tling in the Wash­ing­ton area in 1966. At Fairchild, he worked on satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems for de­vel­op­ing na­tions, in­clud­ing Iran, In­dia, China, Brazil, Nige­ria and Indonesia. He was a past board pres­i­dent of the Grosvenor Park III con­do­minium res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion.

Berdj Ke­nad­jian, IRS chief econ­o­mist

Berdj Ke­nad­jian, 87, who served as chief econ­o­mist for com­pli­ance es­ti­mates at the IRS from 1977 un­til retiring in 1989, died June 23 at his home in Hay­mar­ket, Va. The cause was car­diac ar­rest, said a son, Glenn Ke­nad­jian.

Dr. Ke­nad­jian was born in Is­tan­bul and set­tled in the Wash­ing­ton area in 1959. He spent the next 18 years as an econ­o­mist, op­er­a­tions an­a­lyst and an­a­lytic statis­ti­cian for the U.S. gov­ern­ment and pri­vate eco­nomic re­search or­ga­ni­za­tions. He was a past pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club’s Ross­lyn-Fort Myer chap­ter and a vol­un­teer with the Alexan­dria, Va., sui­cide-pre­ven­tion hot­line, an Ar­ling­ton, Va., men’s shel­ter and Meals on Wheels, among other places. In 1993, he re­ceived an award from the Vir­ginia gov­er­nor for vol­un­teer­ing ex­cel­lence. His books in­cluded “Eco­nom­ics of the New Age” (1973).

David Hess, jour­nal­ist

David Hess, 83, who cov­ered Capi­tol Hill and the White House for the Knight Rid­der news ser­vice and was a past pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Press Club, died July 19 at a hos­pi­tal in Colum­bus, Ohio. The cause was com­pli­ca­tions from strokes, said a nephew, Dar­ren Burn­ham.

Mr. Hess was born in Moundsville, W.Va., and served as an Army in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer and Korean lan­guage spe­cial­ist dur­ing the Korean War. He be­gan his jour­nal­ism ca­reer in West Vir­ginia, then cov­ered pol­i­tics in Ohio and later joined the Akron Bea­con Jour­nal.

He came to Wash­ing­ton in 1970 as a re­porter for the Bea­con Jour­nal, part of the Knight chain of pa­pers (later Knight Rid­der). He worked for Knight Rid­der un­til the late 1980s and was known as a men­tor to younger col­leagues. He later was a re­porter for Na­tional Jour­nal’s Congress Daily.

Mr. Hess was pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Press Club in 1985 and presided over the club’s merger with the Wash­ing­ton Press Club. He lived in Springfield, Va., be­fore mov­ing to Colum­bus in 2010.

Don­ald Larrabee, jour­nal­ist

Don­ald Larrabee, 93, who owned and op­er­ated a Wash­ing­ton news ser­vice for many years and also served as a pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Press Club, died July 18 at an as­sisted-living fa­cil­ity in Wash­ing­ton. He had a form of dementia, said a daugh­ter, Donna Larrabee Palmer.

Mr. Larrabee was born in Port­land, Maine, and be­gan edit­ing a base news­pa­per while serv­ing in the Army Air Forces dur­ing World War II. He moved to Wash­ing­ton af­ter the war and joined the Grif­fin News Bureau, which supplied Capi­tol Hill cov­er­age pri­mar­ily to news­pa­pers in New Eng­land. He soon be­came a part­ner in the busi­ness and con­tin­ued to op­er­ate the Grif­fin-Larrabee News Bureau un­til his re­tire­ment in 1978. He then ran an of­fice rep­re­sent­ing the state of Maine un­til 1989.

Mr. Larrabee served as pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Press Club in 1973. He was a found­ing mem­ber of the Na­tional Press Foun­da­tion, which awards schol­ar­ships, and was its ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor from 1979 to 1985.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Wash­ing­ton chap­ter of the So­ci­ety of Pro­fes­sional Jour­nal­ists in 1980 and was a mem­ber of the Grid­iron Club and Chevy Chase Club.

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