C. Howard Hardesty Jr. has been elected by the shareholders of Peoples Drug Stores Inc. to the company's board of directors. Hardesty is chairman and chief executive officer of Commonwealth Oil Refining Co. Inc. of San Antonio. He is also a partner in the Washington law firm of Rose, Schmidt, Dixon, Hasley, Whyte & Hardesty. Before joining Commonwealth Oil, Hardesty was vice chairman and a director of Continental Oil Co.

Thomas T. Chambers has been named chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Frank Parsons Paper Co. Inc. He succeeds Hubert N. Phillips, who was named chairman emeritus.

Jane D. Arrants has been promoted to vice president for administration of Washington Consulting Services Inc.

Harold Cladny, president of M. Cladny Construction Co. Inc., has been elected president of the Master Builders' Association, D.C. chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America Inc.

John F. Saffer Jr. has been named vice president and regional manager of the John Muir & Co.'s new Georgetown office at 1101 30th St. Nw.

Toni Lee Aluisi has been appointed director research for the Baltimore/Washington Regional Association.

Joyce H. Kircher has been promoted to manager of the Cabin John Mall branch of Government Service Saving & Loan Inc.

Wyatt B. Thompson has been named general manager of WEZR Radio in Fairfax.

Ben Knowles has been appointed president of Brandon Systems Institute Inc. of Bethesda.

Reba K. Huge and Nathan Landow have been elected to the board of directors of The National Bank of Washington.

Lee R. Carroll has been promoted tomanager of the Baltimore/Washington Owens Ford Co.

Robert H. Bird has been named vice president of Continental Bank and Trust Co.

Kenneth M. Duberstein has been promoted to vice president for the Committee for Economic Development.

James C. Goodale has resigned as vice chairman and general counsel of The New York Times Co. to join the New York law firm of Debevoise, Plimpton, Lyons & Gates.

Paul D. Fennel has joined Johnston, Lemon & Co. Inc. as director of the tax shelter department and a vice president of JL Financial Services Inc.

Mercer Lee Jackson Jr. has joined the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts as executive vice president.

Rohit M. Desai, a vice president of Morgan Guaranty Trust Co., has been named to the board of directors of The Rouse Co.

Robert W. Rogers has been promoted to director of the Washington region of Development Dimensions International.

Kathleen A. Richards has been appointed manager of public relations in the Washington officer of Union Carbide Corp.

R. L. "Pete" Browning, owner of the El Palacio and Pueblo Joe's Mexican restaurants, has been elected president of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.

William G. Hendren has been appointed vice president for corporate affairs of Medical Service of D.C., the Blue Shield Plan of the Washington area.

Deborah J. Striner has been appointed assistant promotion director -- broadcast for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States.

Fred P. Wacker will join the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as vice president and treasurer on March 1.

Raymond G. LaPlaca, former commissioner and vice chairman of the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission, has joined the management firm of Carrollton Enterprises.

Dan Remenick, formerly vice president of SMI Corp., has been appointed president of White Brokerage Co.

John J. Sponski has joined First & Merchants National Bank as senior vice president in charge of its corporate systems and operations services divisions.

Fred Sellers has been promoted to vice president/associate creative director of the advertising and public relations agency of HJK&A.

Thomas E. Orange has been elected vice president and manager of the insurance department of the Floyd E. Davis Co.

G. Lawrence Holdridge has been named vice president of PRC Data Services Co. He will be responsible for federal civil systems marketing.