Union Pacific Corporation has elected G. Henry M. Schuler a vice president. He will operate out of the company's government affairs office in Washington. The election took effect on the first of the year.

Schuler is currently vice president of governmental relations and public affairs for Champlin Petroleum Company, an operating unit of Union Pacific.In 1974 he joined the corporation as vice president of Champlin and president of Champlin U.K. in London. From 1970 to 1974, Schuler was in charge of European, African, and Middle Eastern operations for Hunt International Petroleum Corp.

The Garfinkel specially stores yesterday appointed three vice presidents: David L. Milbrandt Joseph B. Carter, in merchandise distribution. Ward and Milbrandt, formerly divisional merchandise managers, will report to executive vice president Hanna Merriman. Carter is a 33-year employee.

The Federal Home Loan Bank Board recently announced the appointment of Alvin Hirshen as director of a new office within the board responsible for implementing the board's urban lending initiatives.

The Gold Seal Wine Company, a division of Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., has appointed Jerry Rothal regional manager for Maryland, Virginia and the District. Rothal has been with the wine marketing divisions of Seagram for the past seven years.

The joint corporate board of directors of The First National Bank of Maryland and its parent holding company, First Maryland Bancorp, last week elected Charles W. Cole Jr. president and director. In his new post Cole will act as chief administrative officer for the bank as well as continuing his duties as chief lending officer.

The Riggs National Bank has named James J. Keating as assistant vice president and assistant manager (Park Road). The bank also announced the following promotions: Susan L. Corcoran, Edward A. Mildenberger and Kenneth M. Tinsley, assistant cashiers; Sarita K. Ettenson, Deborah J. Martens, Sharon L. Murphy, Shredia D. Noonan, and Stephen F. DiGirolamo, assistant cashiers and assistant branch managers.

The new president of Foremost-McKesson, Inc., is Thomas D. Drohan, replacing William W. Morrison, who will take over as chairman. Drohan is currently executive vice president of the San Francisco-based company, which deals in food, chemicals and property. He assumed the presidency Jan. 1.

The new head of the loan department for Mount Vernon Savings and Loan Association is Barry J. Hyde. Prior to his appointment, Hyde was a loan officer with First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Washington.

The board of directors of the Industrial Bank of Washington has elected John D. Thompson to be a director of the bank. Thompson, a Washington area realtor for 17 years, is a past president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc.

The new general manager of the Fairfax Hotel is Christian Jacques Mari, it was recently announced. Mari had been executive assistant manager of the York before coming to the Fairfax.

William R. Kitchel has been named controller of the Joseph M. Zamoisky Co., a Baltimore wholesale distributing firm. Prior to his promotion Kitchel served as internal auditor of the company.

Stanley Ragone, executive vice president of Virginia Electric and Power Company, was elected to a one-year term on the board of directors of the Atomic Industrial Forum, a Washington-based international association concerned with the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Eastern-Liberty Federal Savings and Loan has announced the promotions of Vernon J. Naslup to president, and Robert Bolen to senior vice president.

The National Alliance of Businessmen, a Washington-based organization which works with employers in hiring the hard-core umemployed, has named Matthew B. Coffey as executive vice president. Coffey has served as president of the Association of Public Radio Stations for the past four years and also worked on the Carter-Mondale transition team.

National Savings and Trust Company has added two new members to its staff. Joseph R. Schellhorn will take over as vice president in the operations department and Francis J. Ferguson will become the senior real estate officer for the bank.

Gordon B. Silcox has joined Paul Stafford Associates, Ltd., a management consulting firm, as principal and vice president in the Washington office.

Silcox formerly served as vice president and trust investment officer with Union First National Bank of Washington and has headed the bank's trust investment division for the past eight years.