Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia..
Arlene Boswell, telephone operator
Arlene Boswell, 79, a telephone operator with Bell Atlantic and then Verizon for 33 years before retiring in 2005, died Oct. 6 at a hospital in Rockville, Md. The cause was sepsis and facial shingles, said a son, Mark Gailmor.
Mrs. Boswell, a resident of Gaithersburg, Md., was born Arlene Gailmor in Queens, N.Y., and moved to the Washington area in 1959.
Prem Lata Dua, homemaker
Prem Lata Dua, 78, a Washington-area homemaker since 1978 who was active in Hindu religious groups, died Oct. 24 at her home in McLean, Va. The cause was complications from gallbladder cancer, said a son, Tito Dua.
Mrs. Dua was born Prem Kanwar in what was then Sargodha, India (now Pakistan).
Laurin Balkam, homemaker, volunteer
Laurin Balkam, 96, a Washington-area homemaker and volunteer with ecumenical church groups, died Oct. 5 at a retirement community in Rockville, Md. The cause was dementia and heart disease, said a daughter, Ruth Chite.
Mrs. Balkam was born Laurin Cooper in New Orleans and spent much of her childhood in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. She served in the women’s branch of the Marine Corps during World War II, becoming confidential secretary and administrative assistant in the office of the commandant, her family said. She lived in the Washington area from 1943 to 1969 and again since 1986, after an interlude in England.
Leonard ‘Tony’ Bracken Jr., Navy captain
Leonard “Tony” Bracken Jr., 84, a retired Navy captain who became vice president of marketing at Sippican Holdings, a supplier of naval electronics systems, died Sept. 25 at an assisted-living center in Falls Church, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Len Bracken.
Capt. Bracken was born in Philadelphia. He served in the Navy from 1955 to 1980, training as an aviator and later specializing in airborne anti-submarine warfare. He held command positions and served two tours at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. On his second mission in the Soviet Union he played a key role in the rescue of U.S. military personnel from an aircraft that crashed in the Bering Sea and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, his family said. He joined Sippican soon after his military career ended and retired in 1993. He was a longtime resident of the Lake Barcroft area of Fairfax County, Va., and published a history of the community.
William Painter, law professor
William Painter, 91, a professor at George Washington University’s law school from 1987 until he retired in 1997, died Oct. 28 at his home in Yarmouth Port, Mass. The cause was cancer, said a son, Richard Painter.
Mr. Painter, a Pittsburgh native, taught law at the University of Illinois from 1972 to 1987. His expertise was corporate, securities and tax law, and he wrote books and articles on those subjects. He moved from Washington to his summer home in Massachusetts a few years ago. He was a member of the Cosmos Club and the National Capital English Setter Club.