Drug Fair, Inc., has appointed Paul S. Forbes to the newly-created post of vice president for communications and public affairs.

Forbes recently resigned from Giant Food, Inc., after 25 years with the company. During nine of those years, Forbes was executive assistant to then-president Joseph B. Danzansky. Danzansky recently relinquished his chief executive role at Giant to become chairman.

Forbes said he made his decision "to star a second career" before Danzansky made his own decision about his role at Giant.

"I loved Giant and it was a great 25 years," Forbes said. "You just get to a point when you feel it is time to make a move."

While at Giant, Forbes organized and served as the first director of the public relations department. He was also one of those responsible for bringing Esther Peterson to the chain.

At Drug Fair, Forbes will have broad responsibilities internal and external communications.

Annapolis Federal Savings and Loan Association has promoted Marion J. Minker Jr. to executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

Minker, who has been with the association for 12 years, was named a director in 1970 and senior vice president in 1974.

Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co. of Baltimore has elected Dennis J. Straughnessy a senior vice president in the trust division.

Shaughnessy's promotion is part of Mercantile's reorganization of its trust department. Shaughnessy with head the newly-created personal services department in the division.

Also in charge of new departments in the division are senior vice president Alton A. Shoda, who will head institutional services and senior vice president Fred E. Wurzbacher, who will head investment services.

Union First National Bank has named Maurice Archambault vice president in international banking.

Archambault recently joined Union First after being with another area bank for a number of years.

Bank of Virginia-Potomac has named two new vice presidents.

Nana B. Oast, who joined the bank in 1950, is now responsible for the customer service, bookkeeping, savings, check filing and records and exceptions departments.

Ralph L. Thompson, who is in the bank's financial administration department, transferred to Potomac from Bank of Virginia-Eastern, where he was controller.

In addition, the bank also promoted Thomas A. Weatherly to controller. Weatherly, who joined the bank in 1969, has been assistant controller since 1975.

First National Bank of Maryland vice president Walter A. Frey III has been appointed division executive in the bank's financial institutions division. Frey was head of the Maryland department of the banking division.

The financial institutions division provides services to correspondent banks, savings and loan institutions and credit unions.

Snider and Associates, Inc., of Bethesda has named James A. Reise president.

Prior to joining the insurance agency, Reise was vice president of international brokerage and banking operations at Government Employees Financial Co.

PRC Information Sciences Co. has appointed Richard A. O'Connor vice president and general manager of the management systems division. PRC Information is a McLean-based division of Planning Resarch Corp.

Prior to this appointment, O'Connor had been president of another PRC division, PRC Jacobs, Inc. That company specializes in property tax appraisals for assessment purposes.

Home Life Insurance Co. of American, a subsidiary of Peoples Life Insurance Co., has appointed Randolph K. Hambrick vice president for agencies and John E. Gilligan vice president for operations.

Paul M. Lyons has been promoted to vice president of production services at Charlie/Papa Productions, Inc., a Rockville-based motion picture production company.

Lyons has been production manager for the past five years at Charlie/Papa.

The Conference Board has reelected G. William Miller chairman and Frank T. Cary was elected co-chairman. Miller is chairman of Textron, Inc., of Providence and Cary is chairman of International Business Machines Corp.

Katharine Graham, chairman and president of The Washington Post Co. and publisher of The Washington Post, was elected a trustee of the organization.

The Conference Board is an organization of businesses, trade associations, labor unions, government agencies, libraries and universities that analyzes business and economic developments.

New directors of Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Co. of Alexandria are Hugh R. Heishman, president of both Joe Heishman's Porsche-Audi, Inc., and Heishman's BMW, Inc., and Robert E. Lee IV, director and vice president of A. Smith Bowman Distillery of Sunset Hills, Va.