On April 17, Gil Ferber of Silver Spring. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Mary Ferber (née McBath); cousin Ruby Axelrod; and dear friends. While he worked as a research meteorologist at NOAA, his great love in life was chess. He was an avid chess player and had been since childhood. Most important of all, he was Mary’s best friend for a full 65 years, and will be greatly missed.