The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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