First Virginia Bank senior vice president Evelyn R. Jenkins has retired from the bank after 40 years of continuos service. Jenkins was also manager of the bank's branch office on Lee Highway in Arlington.

jenkins originally joined Old Dominion Bank, an antecedent of First Virginia, in 1937 and by 1957 was its first woman vice president. As senior vice president, she was the highest ranking woman officer in First Virginia's history.

Suburban Trust Bank has named Robert L. Peterman senior vice president and division manager of the mortgage loan department. Peterman replaces Wesley A. Stewart, who retired from the bank Feb. 1 after 18 years.

The new president of First & Merchants Corp.'s affiliate, Equitable Leasing Corp., is Stephen J. Lux. Lux was senior vice president and controller of F & M, and he will continue to serve in the latter position.

A lengthy list of recent promotions at Security National Bank includes Robert R. Lee, senior vice president and comptroller; Warren L. Love, senior vice president and cashier; Bettie G. Ryan, senior vice president; Michael W. Kavanaugh, vice president; Margaret D. Leach, vice president; Stuart S. Wishard, vice president; Warran B. Lane, vice president, and John P. Lynch, vice president.

Three new vice presidents at Northern Virginia Bank are Janice Pleming, Donald Fisher and Grace Harms.

Fowe Furniture Corp. in Arlington has elected Keith J. Rowe to the board of directors and promoted him to vice president. Rowe, who started in the company's Salem, Virginia, factory, is a grandson of the company's founder, D. E. Rowe Sr. and the son of the late chairman, D. E. Rowe Jr.

Hugh E. Witt, formerly in the Office of Management and Budget, has left 25 years of government service to join the Washington office of the United Technology Corp, as director of government liaison.

Former Michigan representative Marvin L. Esch has been named director of public affairs for United States Steel Corp. in Washington. The Republican was elected to five terms as representative from the state's second district.

Ford Aerospace & Communications Corp. has named Robert K. Beach vice president in the company's Washington office to succeed William S. Henry.