"Charles Don (Don C.) Beymer worked at the Marine Corps Finance Center at the Bannister complex. He was employed there in May of 1997 when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, at age 58. He died 18 months later. Don never drank or smoked, was not overweight, and suffered no other health conditions whatsoever. He was the picture of health. The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer came as a sudden and unexpected shock to his family. It appears that environmental factors played a part in his illness."
""He was employed at the Bannister Complex from 1984 until his death in May, 2008, of pancreatic cancer. He worked for MCFC/DFAS. Gene was a healthy, active 59-year-old husband, father and grandfather, with no history of any pancreatic disorders. It is our hope that some answers will be found."
""My Mom died of liver/lung cancer after working at the Bannister location for approximately 10 years. Mom was 73 yrs when she died of liver cancer and lung cancer. It was a long, terrible illness. She worked on the CSA side for approx. 10 years. It was very traumatic for our whole family."
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"My mother is on the far right. Her name is Anna Louise Cockrell and she worked at Bendix. She died of cancer in 1985. She was 61 years old."
"Here is a picture of my precious wife. Handle with care. -- Loyd BG Davis"
Marion was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at 64 years old and died when he was 65.
Tommie A. Graham, died at 64 from a rare insulin producing (insulinoma) pancreatic cancer. Graham's daughter says her father held to the code of honor to not discuss what he was making but she recalls he would say, "We aren't told what we're working on, but it's not difficult to figure out when we look at the blueprints."
"Mary Helen and Robert L. Jenkins. Both worked at the Bendix plant and both died from pancreatic cancer. My mother died at 81 and my father was 67. As you may know, this is a rare form of cancer and the odds of two family members contracting it are similar to the odds of winning the lottery. Both of my parents lived about six weeks after diagnosis and we took care of them at home with hospice."
"Her death certificate says 'code 1569 - malignant neoplasm of billiary tract'. However, we were always told it was pancreatic cancer and /or it clearly started in the pancreas and moved to the liver. She had ongoing symptoms for 3 years prior to her diagnosis and death...."
Delores O. Jessee was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at 65 years old. She worked for the Marine Corps Finance Center for 24 years before retiring in July of 1989.
"Dave in Cabo"
"Due to the exposure to harmful chemicals at the complex, Joseph’s family believes he contracted pancreatic cancer which contributed to his premature death."
My husband was just short of his 64th birthday when he passed away. He had worked right up until he went to the hospital. He had worked for the IRS for about 12 years. He was diagnosed with Leukemia but what really killed him was a fungal infection in his lungs. When they first started treating him, they kept asking if he had left the country or been somewhere like New Mexico where the hantavirus is found. They were still trying to figure out where he could possibly have picked up this virus.
"She worked in the GSA Payroll division for over 20 years. She died of Breast Cancer in November 2003. She was 55."
Grace McArthur pictured with her daughter, Laurel, before she began working at the Bannister Federal Complex. Submitted by Laurel Alexander.
James Merriott at Christmas 1998 with his children, Jimmy and Jeana Merriott.
"Phillip Kevin Mullane was 79 years old at the time of his death. He worked for Bendix in the main building adjacent to Westinghouse Building. Illnesses included: Lung Cancer, Emphysema, COPD, Chronic Lung Infection, Pneumonia, Bronchitis and Histoplasmosis."
David H Owsley died Sept 23, 2008. He is survived by his wife Caren and daughter Mary Kate.
"Erna M. Pinkham. Erna worked at the Bannister Complex beginning in January, 1993 at Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), and later at the IRS on the east end of the complex until her death in 2004. She was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in July, 2003; began chemotherapy in August, 2003; and worked until she had to be hospitalized in April, 2004. She died on May 3, 2004, after three weeks in the hospital. I hope this helps to shed light on this continuing development. "
"At the request of the union, I filed a claim with the Department of Labor. The doctors were never able to tell us what caused the cancer. Terry did not have any of the more common dispositions linked to pancreatic cancer: diabetic, heavy smoker or alcoholic. He died November 2, 2006. The claim I filed with DOL was denied on Novemeber 27, 2009. It said nothing he worked with or was around caused the cancer."
"Dad worked at Honeywell for over fifteen years. Around the time he left the plant as a full time employee he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. For the next 14 years he endured two surgeries, twelve years of quarterly injections, two rounds of radiation, a year of a test medication, and a year and a half of chemo. Despite all this, the prostate cancer spread to his bones and in the end, it was in his heart and lungs. Dad was very proud of his profession as an engineer and the work that he did. If conditions at the plant caused our father to suffer from the emotional and physical pain of this disease for nearly the same number of years he worked there, we can only feel deep sorrow, but also be thankful he did not live to learn that his health was not valued by the facility for whom he was a dedicated employee."
Virgil Thurman worked for the Hastings Construction Company, working as as contractor at the Bendix plant from 1967 until his retirement in 1992. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March of 2010, and passed away Feb. 15, 2011.
"Carolyn Woods “Carol”, she worked at Bendix for over 20 years as a buyer. She was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer at age 61 and passed away at age 62 (1986). She suffered for a year. I firmly believe that she would have lived for years longer had she not worked at Bendix. Her mom, dad, brothers and sisters lived well into their 70s and 80s. Most of her siblings are still living. I feel that I was robbed of my Mom’s presence, she was too young to die and my siblings and I were too young to lose her."
Dion M. Wright, recently passed away on February 26, 2011, due to Acute Respitory Distress Syndrome complicated by ALL, Ph+ (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Philadelphia Chromosome positive).