began working as an analyst for the Rural Electrification Administration. He joined the SBA in 1962. He was a resident of Silver Spring, Md., before moving to the nursing home two years ago.
Marianne Swindler, ITT employee
Marianne Swindler, 91, who worked for the conglomerate ITT as a government contracts administrator before retiring in the mid-1990s, died July 29 at an assisted-living home in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was complications from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, said a son, Gary Swindler.
Mrs. Swindler was born Marianne Christeller in Charleston, W.Va. She settled in the Washington area by the late 1940s and worked briefly as an office assistant for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As a divorced mother raising four children, she reentered the workforce in 1971 with ITT as an executive secretary. Later at ITT, she worked with Communications Satellite Corp., known as Comsat. She spent many years at Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring and volunteered with the PEO International philanthropic organization.
Michael Tobacco, dentist
Michael Tobacco, 74, a dentist who served 27 years in the Navy before retiring as a captain in 1992 and then had a civilian dental practice in Washington and Bethesda, Md., until 2015, died July 6 at a hospice center in Rockville, Md. The cause was a stroke, said a son, John Tobacco.
Capt. Tobacco, a Rockville resident, was born in Albany, N.Y. His Navy career included duty aboard aircraft carriers, posts in the Middle East and teaching at the Navy Dental School. He had lived in the Washington area for 35 years. From 2007 until 2015, he was a professor at University of Maryland’s dental school.
Val Halamandaris, NAHC founder
Val Halamandaris, 75, the founder and president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, died July 27 at his home in Annapolis, Md. The cause was pneumonia, said the association’s publicist, Gordon James.
Mr. Halamandaris, born in Price, Utah, came to Washington in the 1960s to work on the staff of Sen. Frank E. Moss (D-Utah). Later, he was on the staff of the Senate Committee on Aging, where he helped craft Medicare, Medicaid, home health care and hospice benefits. Leaving congressional service in 1982, he founded the home care association. He was president of the NAHC until his death.
Emily Pomeranz, lawyer
Emily Pomeranz, 50, a lawyer for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals at the Department of Veterans Affairs until 2014, died July 27 at an assisted-living center in Falls Church, Va. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said a brother, William Pomeranz.
Ms. Pomeranz was born in Cleveland and lived in the Washington area since 1997. She volunteered at the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. Shortly before her death, Ms. Pomeranz was featured in a Washington Post story about an Ohio restaurant that shipped a mocha milkshake to her hospice bedside to fulfill one of her dying wishes.
Herbert Brubaker, journalist
Herbert Brubaker, 84, a journalist for the “NBC Nightly News” in Washington for 21 years, died July 30 at his home in Rockville, Md. The cause was Parkinsonism, said a son, Kurt Brubaker.
Mr. Brubaker was born in New York and moved to the Washington area in 1950. During his career, he covered the White House, the Vietnam War, presidential elections and civil rights. After retiring from NBC in 1987, he founded an organization that provides training to aspiring television journalists.
Mildred Shiver, teacher
Mildred Shiver, 94, a public school teacher throughout Virginia, including at Charles Barrett Elementary School in Alexandria, where she worked from 1969 to 1985, died Aug. 1 at her home in Alexandria. The cause was a liver ailment, said a son, Jube Shiver Jr.
Mrs. Shiver was born Mildred Leigh in South Boston, Va., and settled in Alexandria in the late 1950s. Her teaching career began in 1951, and she retired in 1995. She was a founding member of Black Women United for Action. From 1976 to 2012, she served as a Fairfax County elections officer.
Robert Berger, biophysicist
Robert Berger, 91, a biophysicist who studied hemoglobin and developed biophysical instruments, died July 29 at a retirement home in Silver Spring, Md. The cause was complications from a neuromuscular degenerative disease, said his wife, Victoria Harden.
Dr. Berger was born in Omaha and grew up in St. Joseph, Mo. He moved to Bethesda, Md., in 1962, when he began working for the National Institutes of Health as a senior scientist and later as chief of biophysical instrumentation. He was assigned to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research as a blood research senior investigator from 1994 to 1996, when he retired. He continued to supervise the institute’s internship program after his retirement.