James E. Lunson, senior vice president of the Riggs National Bank in the operations administrations division has been elected to serve a one-year term as president of the Mid-Atlantic Clearing House Association.

The association is a nonprofit organization, formed in January 1975 to organize and operate an automated clearing house system and to supervise and coordinate the processing of electronic funds transfer for its members. The association falls within the confines of Maryland, D.C., Northern Virginia and Charlestown, W. Va.

Harry T. Edwards, of Ann Arbor, Mich., has been elected Chairman of the board of directors of the National Railroads Passenger Corp. (Amtrak)

Edwards is a professor of law specializing in labor law, at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, as well as a faculty member of the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard University.

Nominated by President Carter in October 1977, Edwards is serving a term that will expire in July 1980.

John D. Buhl, president of Buhl Electric Co. in Vienna, has been elected chairman of the board of Bank of Vienna.

A member of the Optimist Club of Vienna and the Chamber of Commerce, Buhl has served as president of the Northern Virginia Electrical Contractors Association for the past two years.

Michael S. Hollins has been elected president of First Maryland Savings & Loan Inc. Hollins also serves as a director of The Potomac Community Federal Credit Union and United Communications Corp.

Julie Fraunholz has been named president of Kirkley Press Inc., one of Maryland's oldest mail order organizations.

Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. has recently announced the following promotions: Charles L. Anderson, vice president and general comptroller; James P. Coughlin, vice president, human resources; E. Warren Goode, vice president, data processing, and Richard E. Drechsler, second vice president, data processing.

William I. King, a Montgomery County farm operator and businessman, has been elected to the board of directors of Citizens Bank & Trust Co. of Maryland.

A long-time developer of dairy and beef cattle breeding stock, King is past president of the Maryland Angus Association and the Montgomery County Cooperative Agriculture Center. He presently serves on the Maryland Agriculture Commission and the Maryland Wholesome Meat Advisory Board.

The Sales and Marketing Executives of Metropolitan Washington recently honored Albert W. Turner as their salesman of the year.

Turner was honored for "outstanding contributions as a salesman of the free enterprise system and for his sales and marketing achievement in community development." Previous SME salesman of the year award recipients include Abe Pollin, Joseph Danzansky and J. W. Marriott Jr.

Turner is chairman of the board of directors of MCD Holdings Inc. His Building achievements include more than 13,000 dwellings primarily in Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

John Hechinger, president of Hechinger, has announced the appointment of Richard Ponton to vice president-director of stores for all the company's do-it-yourself outlets, located in the District, Virginia, Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. A resident of Vienna, Va., Ponton has been with Hechinger since 1964 in various capacities.

Robert S. Cooper, director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has been appointed vice president-engineering of Satellite Business Systems.

SBS is establishing a communication satellite system that will feature advanced technology and offer innovation services to users.

Cooper, a space scientist and electrical engineer, has had extensive experience in the development and management of space systems. In addition to being director of Goddard, Cooper has served as an assistant director for defense research and engineering in the office of the secretary of defense from 1972 to 1975.