The board of directors of Fairchild Industries last week elected Richard R. Molleur and Joseph F. O'Connell to the positions of corporate vice presidents.

Molleur is general counsel to Fairchild as well as secretary of the corporation and will continue to serve in those positions. He came to work for Fairchild in 1969 as assistant general counsel. Before then Molleur was assistant dean and associate professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Prior to his appointment, O'Connell was general manager of Fairchild Burns Co. and Fairchild Aircraft Service Devision, both divisions of Fairchild Industries. He joined Fairchild in 1964.

Waldo H. Burnside and Fracis O. Day, Jr. have been elected to the board of directors of Suburban Trust Bank.

Burnside was recently named president of Woodward and Lothrop and is a member of the University of Maryland Alumni board of trustees. Day is the co-founder and president of the Francis O. Day Co., Inc. of Rockville and serve on Suburban Trust's Advisory Board.

B. Larry Jenkins, president and chief operating officer of People Life Insurance Co., has been elected chief executive officer of the Washington-based firm. He was also named president and chief executive officer of the Home Life Insurance Co. of America, an affiliate.

Jenkins joined the firm in 1959 as an agent and in 1971 was elected vice president responsible for general agencies operations. In 1974 he was named senior vice president, administration, and in 1976 was elected executive vice president. One year later he was elected president and chief operating officer.

John Fletcher and Robert Witherspoon were promoted to vice presidents of the economic and real estate consulting firm of Gladstone Associates.

Prior to joining Gladstone, Fletcher was a supply officer in the U.S. Navy. He has also served on the faculty of George Washington University's Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Witherspoon has been with gladstone since 1973 and is responsible for a wide range of economic consulting assignment for public, private and institutional clients.

The Industrial bank of Washington recently announced the promotion of Effie M. Fancett to assistant vice president in charge of proof and bookkeeping and Cordell H. Hayes to assistant vice president is charge of real estate loans.

Faucett has been with Industrial for 25 years. Hayes was formerly assistant cashier of the real estate loan department and has served with the bank since 1964.

Virginia Rodriguez has been appointed public relations manager of The Washington Post.

Rodriguez joined The Post in 1967 as executive secretary to the promotion department and transferred to the public relations department when it was established in 1972. In 1975 she was promoted to assistant public relations manager.

Robert R. Liggitt, district manager of the central district for the Bank of Virginia-Potomac, has been promoted to vice president.

Liggitt joined the bank in 1976 and was promoted to assistant vice president in 1977.

Julia Montgomery Walsh, chairman of Julia M. Walsh and Sons, Inc., has been elected to the board of Washington Magazine Inc., publishers of the Washington magazine.

Walsh served as vice chairman of the board of Ferris and Co. Inc. prior to founding her own brokerage firm in 1977.

Executive vice president and general manager of station WJLA-TV, Thomas B. Cookerly, has been named president of the broadcast division of Allbritton Communications Co., the license of WJLA.

Cookerly will continue as general manager of WJLA while taking on additional duties for the operation of the two other stations comprising Allbritton Communications - WCIV-TV Charlestons, S.C., and WSET-TV Lynchburg, Va.

Cookerly began his career in broadcasting with WBT-WBTV in Charlotte, N.C. When he left he was vice president of Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting and managing director of WBTC and Jefferson Productions. He then joined WJLA as general manager in 1971 and was appointed executive vice president in 1976.

Taymond A. Peck, Jr., former deputy assistant Secretary of the Interior, has joined the staff of the National Coal Association as director of regulatory affairs.

Peck served in the Ford administration as deputy to the assistant Secretary of the Interior for energy and minerals, responsible for regulatory and power marketing policies.

Prior to that, he was director of the Treasury's office of energy regulatory and legislative policy, and special counsel for environmental matters in the Department of Commerce.