Remembering the Navy Yard fallen: 12 diverse stories come to a sudden end

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Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46, of Waldorf, Md.

A Charles County native, Kenneth Bernard Proctor was remembered as a good father to his two sons and a devoted Washington Redskins fan.

The utilities foreman was “a very loving, caring, gentle person,” said Evelyn Proctor, who was married to Mr. Proctor for 19 years. “His kids mean a lot to him.”

Though Mr. and Ms. Proctor divorced this year, Ms. Proctor insisted that the two, who were high school sweethearts, were still very close and lived near each other in Waldorf.

She said she was shocked about his death.

“He didn’t even work in the building,” she said. “It was a routine thing for him to go there in the morning for breakfast, and unfortunately it happened.”

Vishnu Shalchendia Pandit, 61, of North Potomac

Friends and neighbors of Vishnu Shalchendia Pandit said they will remember him as a loyal husband and a leader.

The North Potomac resident had a wife, Anjali, who he’d been married to since 1978, two sons, and a granddaughter.

“He was a real family man and he loved dogs,” including the family’s golden retriever, Bailey, family friend M. Nuns Jain said.

At home, he was an active member of the local Hare Krishna Hindu temple and at work he was a marine engineer and naval architect at Navy Yard.

Olga Galperina, a next-door neighbor, told the Huffington Post that only a few days ago Mr. Pandit knocked on her door to tell her some of her garden tomatoes were ripe.

“He could have ignored it, let them rot,” she said. “It’s a silly example. He was human to me.”

Gerald Read, 58, Alexandria

Gerald Read, an information assurance specialist, worked for the Navy Sea Systems Command for 12 years after a career that included a stint as a military police officer with the U.S. Army and as a senior systems analyst with Northrop Grumman.

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