- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Carl J. Fleps, a retired Marine brigadier general, died Feb. 28 of complications from Parkinson’s disease at Virginia Hospital Center. He was 92.

Gen. Fleps was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio.

In September 1932, just months after graduating from high school in Youngstown, he enlisted in the Navy and was ordered to the battleship USS West Virginia.

Two years later, he was selected to stand for examinations for admission to the United States Naval Academy and entered the academy in July 1934.

He was a member of the boxing and football teams and graduated in 1938, requesting his commission in the Marine Corps.

During the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Gen. Fleps was returning from the Philippines to the U.S. via Hawaii. He later served in the Pacific as a transport squadron commanding officer in the Solomon Islands. One of his subordinates was Richard M. Nixon, then a Navy lieutenant.

During the Korean War, Gen. Fleps commanded a Marine transport squadron based in Japan.

In 1953, he led the first trans-Pacific flight of Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcars departing San Francisco for Atami, Japan.

Gen. Fleps was a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School and the Air War College, where he also served on the faculty.

He retired from the Marine Corps in 1956.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and the Letter of Commendation Medal.

After retiring from the military, Gen. Fleps began a business career, which included a vice presidency with the Greyhound Corp., later the Dial Corp..

During the 1960 presidential campaign, Gen. Fleps led Maryland Volunteers for Nixon-Lodge and participated in a televised debate against a Kennedy campaign representative.

Gen. Fleps retired from Dial in 1979, and then served a year with the American Enterprise Institute in the District.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Josephyne Waples Fleps of McLean; a daughter, Christina Fleps Hardwick of the District; two sons, John J. Fleps of Southlake, Texas, and Peter C. Fleps of Evanston, Ill.; and seven grandchildren.

Paula Nickens-Edwards, 58, political activist

Paula E. Nickens-Edwards, chairwoman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee from 1997 to 2000, died of cancer March 10 at Washington Hospital Center. She was 58.

Mrs. Nickens-Edwards was a third-generation Washingtonian. She attended St. Cecilia Catholic High School and graduated from the University of the District of Columbia in 1972.

Mrs. Nickens-Edwards began embracing politics at an early age. In addition to serving as state chairman for the Democratic Party, she was a member of the Ward 5 Advisory Neighborhood Commission Redistricting Task Force and People United to Save Humanity.

She was on the board of directors of the Near Northeast Improvement Corp. and participated in the D.C. Young Democrats. She also was an officer of the Ward 5 Democrats and the Woodridge Civic Association.

Politicians often used Mrs. Nickens-Edwards’ home as a de facto campaign headquarters.

She played noteworthy roles in the mayoral campaigns of Marion Barry, Sharon Pratt Kelly and Anthony A. Williams, and also worked in the administration of Mayor Walter E. Washington.

She also worked for D.C. Council members Jack Evans, John A. Wilson, Harry Thomas Sr. and Linda W. Cropp. Most recently, she spearheaded campaign efforts for D.C. Board of Education President Robert C. Bobb.

Mrs. Nickens-Edwards also served as a youth delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She was a dedicated civil rights advocate and her efforts helped to integrate C&P; Telephone Co. in the 1970s.

She also advocated employment and business opportunities for women and minorities at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project.

Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Edwards of the District; her mother, Catheryn Nickens of the District; five sisters and three brothers.

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