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The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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