James F. Smith To Head Crown Central

Crown Central Petroleum Corp., the Baltimore-based oil company, last week named James F. Smith president and chief operating officer to replace W. M. Ginder, who became vice chairman of the board of directors.

Smith, 53, left Tesoro Petroleum Corp. in San Antonio, where he was group vice president of refining, marketing and crude supply. A 12-year veteran of the multibillion-dollar company, Smith had served as group vice president since 1978.

Ginder, who joined Crown Central Petroleum 38 years ago, was appointed president in July 1984. He will replace George W. Jandacek, who resigned as vice chairman of the board on May 30.

"The personnel change also marks a realignment of duties," Smith said. "In the past, Mr. Ginder was not responsible for all of the operational departments. Now, operational functions will report to me and staff administration functions will report to Ginder or Henry A. Rosenberg Jr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer ."

Smith, who has been in the oil business "all his life," said he decided to make his first move east of the Mississippi two weeks ago after he was recruited by Crown Central Petroleum to become president of the publicly held company.

Smith said he will concentrate on the operations of the company. He also hopes to expand retail marketing and cut back on oil exploration.

In April, Crown Central Petroleum acquired 81 BP service stations in Maryland and Delaware from British Petroleum Co. About 20 of the stations were sold and the 60 in Maryland were refurbished as Crown Central stations, bringing the total to 106 stations throughout the state.

The acquisition doubled Crown's share of the Maryland gasoline market from 5.6 percent to 11 percent.

The company reported $1.5 billion in revenue for 1985. AUTOMOTIVE

Steve Smith, owner of Steve Smith Pontiac in Fairfax, recently acquired Springfield Ford and Springmall Dodge for an undisclosed sum. Smith also signed an agreement to handle all advertising for another Springfield dealer, M&M Pontiac. M&M and the two newly acquired dealerships will operate as Steve Smith Springfield Auto Park. Smith, 29, opened his Pontiac dealership in Fairfax two years ago. Since then, according to Pontiac officials in Detroit and in the division's Washington sales zone, his has become one of the fastest-growing Pontiac dealerships in the metropolitan area. Smith said that his new acquisitions will give him the ability to sell 10,000 vehicles annually. BANKING, FINANCIAL SERVICES

Robert D. Cook was named senior vice president of administration for the Bethesda-based Oxford Mortgage & Investment Corp., a subsidiary of Oxford Development Corp. Cook joined Oxford Mortgage in 1984 and in his new position will oversee administration and finance.

Ginger Pape, 36, was named assistant vice president of government relations at the American Stock Exchange. Pape joined the Amex in 1983 and opened the first Washington office as director of government relations in 1984. Pape will remain in the Washington office.

Perpetual American Bank appointed Stephen B. Smith to the newly created position of senior vice president of corporate communications. Smith, formerly with the Federal National Mortgage Association as assistant to the chairman, will be responsible for coordinating communications functions for the bank.

Arthur G. Cohen, a real estate developer and investor, was elected chairman of the board of directors of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Roanoke. Cohen is also chairman of the board of Colonial Savings and Loan Association in Richmond.

Baltimore Bancorp, parent company of the Bank of Baltimore, reelected the following six members to a three-year term on its board of directors: William P. Coliton, F. Barton Harvey Jr., Martin L. Millspaugh, John M. Nelson III, Harry L. Robinson and Thomas H. Sherlock. GOVERNMENT

David G. Dickson, former manager of community services for the Virginia Department of Economic Development, was named director of community and business services for the department. Dickson has been with the department since 1979. HOTEL, FOOD SERVICE

Jean-Francois Gatti, former manager of Hotel Athenaeum Inter-Continental in Athens, was named resident manager at the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel. Gatti began his career with Inter-Continental Hotels Corp. in 1971 at the Paris Inter-Continental. INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING

Fairchild Industries Inc. elected John D. Jackson a vice president of the corporation. He remains secretary of the corporation, his position since 1978. Jackson joined Fairchild in 1970 as an assistant general counsel.

Vitro Corp. of Silver Spring named Gary P. Burris senior vice president and controller. Burris joined Vitro in 1969 as a staff specialist and most recently served as an assistant controller.

Systems Technology Associates Inc., a manufacturer of electronic parts for communication satellite networks, hired George E. Martin as director of engineering. Martin was director of engineering at Telesciences Inc. in Mt. Laurel, N.J. At Systems Technology, he will oversee the engineering and research departments.

Vidar Systems Corp., a manufacturer of image-scanning equipment in Herndon, named William T. Altmann vice president of marketing and sales. Altmann joins Vidar Systems from Computervision Corp. of Bedford, Mass., where he was director of marketing. INSURANCE

Richard White, formerly a risk manager at the Washington Post Co., joined the insurance firm Wolf & Cohen Inc. as vice president and account executive. In his new position, White will be responsible for production of new business and serving existing accounts. RETAIL, WHOLESALE TRADE

Peoples Drug Stores announced the last of its top management changes: John P. Manton was named senior vice president of corporate development and real estate; David Forman was named senior vice president of human resources; and James Schwarz was named senior vice president of legal.

Woodward & Lothrop named Joanne Ross divisional vice president and merchandise manager and E. Wayne Breeden divisional president for home fashion and interior design. Ross previously was regional sales executive and Breeden was director of the Interior Design Studio. NONPROFIT

Lynne Cheney, senior editor of Washingtonian magazine, was selected by the U.S. Senate to chair the National Endowment for the Humanities. Cheney, who is leaving her position at the Washingtonian, will be the first woman to head the 250-person agency.

Roger W. Sullivan, former deputy assistant secretary of State, was appointed president of the National Council for US-China Trade by the council's board of directors. Sullivan served as executive vice president of the National Council since 1981.

The D.C. Preservation League named six new members to its board of directors: William B. Alsup III, vice president of Gerald D. Hines Interests; Stuart Marshall Bloch, attorney at Ingersoll and Bloch; Francine G. Cohen, president of the Lincoln Theatre Foundation; Warren J. Cox, FAIA, co-owner of Hartman-Cox Architects; Richard J. Hindin, co-owner of Britches of Georgetown; and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Jones; legislative assistant to Sen. Mitch McConnell Jr. (R-Ky.) PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Dynalectron Corp. named Barbara Happe Van Blarcum vice president of corporate communications. Van Blarcum joined Dynalectron in March and previously served as senior director of investor relations at Wendy's International Inc. in Columbus, Ohio.

PHH Group Inc. of Baltimore promoted Linda K. Kropp to vice president of PHH Aviation Systems Inc. Kropp joined PHH Group in 1982 and most recently served as general manager of PHH Aviation Service Card.

The Bionetics Corp. of Hampton, a subsidiary of Mercury Consolidated Inc., named Fred G. Farthing Jr. vice president of business management and Wayne R. Glenny vice president of administrative services. Farthing served as head of operations and Glenny joined the company from Martin Marietta Aerospace in Baltimore, where he was in management.

Capital Commercial Inc. of Bethesda, a subsidiary of the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships, named Sam Stern vice president for development. Stern will manage land acquisition and commercial properties for the company.

John C. O'Neill left his position as vice president of property management with Boston Properties of the District to become president of the Rockville property management firm Mulligan/Griffin Property Management Inc.

L & N Realty Services Inc. of Alexandria named David Hepburn director of finance and operations and Judith K. Cohen director of brokerage services. Hepburn was formerly with Mt. Vernon Realty as sales director of the new homes division.

Woodward & Lothrop named Joanne Ross divisional vice president and merchandise manager and E. Wayne Breeden divisional president for home fashion and interior design. Ross previously was regional sales executive and Breeden was director of the Interior Design Studio.