Philip G. Asher, 90, federal employee

December 03, 2003

Philip G. Asher, a retired federal employee, died Friday at his Sherwood Forest home from congestive heart failure. He was 90.

Born in Holcomb, Mo., Mr. Asher earned a degree in education from Southeast Missouri State University in 1935. That June, he began working as a file clerk in the old Agriculture Adjustment Administration.

He retired in 1972 from the former Department of Health, Education and Welfare -- now the Department of Health and Human Services. By the time of his retirement, Mr. Asher had become an expert in budget management and had a master's degree in the field from George Washington University.

"He was very detailed," said his son, Philip G. Asher Jr. of Sherwood Forest. "He was able to bring warring factions together and reach compromises."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, 620 N. Bestgate Road in Annapolis.

Mr. Asher also is survived by two other sons, Ralph B. Asher of Fort Collins, Colo., and Robert D. Asher of Chicago; three daughters, Patricia A. Gutierrez of New York, Barbara I. Phillips of North Potomac and Beverly A. Russo of Reston, Va.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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