The title of Douglas MacMillan, an official at Environmental Systems Co., was incorrect in Washington Business on Nov. 23. He is Washington counsel for government affairs at the Little Rock, Ark., firm. (Published 12/9/87)

What kind of message does it send when the president of the National Council of the Aging Inc. takes early retirement? Just ask him.

"I talk about new options and second careers for older people at the council," said Jack Ossofsky, who is retiring from the council at age 62. "Now I am following my own advice."

The National Council on the Aging is a private, not-for-profit organization based in Washington that serves the needs of older people. It conducts research projects, provides training and pushed for improvements in public and private policies that affect the aging. "We are trying to educate people that the reality of a long life is old age," Ossofsky said.

The group has 2,000 member organizations and 4,000 individual members. It is supported through membership dues, private contributions, public grants and income from publications.

"It is the right time to turn over the reins," Ossofsky said of his decision to retire. "The organization is fiscally sound -- we are looking at a budget of over $40 million next year -- the staff is well-trained, we have a strong board of directors and a good public image. If we were having difficulties now, I couldn't leave."

Ossofsky joined the council 23 years ago, while on a leave of absence from a job as director of pensions at District 65 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in New York. His first assignment was to document poverty among the elderly in urban and rural areas. The project's findings helped establish the foster grandparents plan, several adult care centers and the congregate meals program, which brings hot meals to senior citizens in group settings.

At the council, Ossofsky has seen the end of mandatory retirement laws, improvement in Medicaid and Social Security benefits, and the implementation of a number of programs for the elderly. He also has seen the definition of "elderly" grow to include not only "the frail and needy but the well and willing, too," he said. "We are now developing programs in the arts and humanities that will can tap the capacities of healthy older people."

The National Council's board is setting up a committee this week that will search for Ossofsky's successor inside and outside the organization.

Over the years, Ossofsky has coordinated many programs on retirement, "and I always talk about what workers are retiring from, what they are retiring with, and what they are retiring to. I still don't know what I am retiring to," he said. "I have been so busy, I haven't had time to consider what to do next."

ASSOCIATIONS

Paul R. Ignatius has been named chairman of the board of trustees of the Logistics Management Institute, a federally funded research and development center. Ignatius was formerly secretary of the Navy, president of The Washington Post and chairman and chief executive officer of the Air Transport Association.

Peter D. Weddle, president of Hay Systems Inc., has been elected vice president of the National Security Industrial Association of Washington.

Leslie W. Rowland has been appointed manager of public information for the Air Transport Association in Washington.

The American International Automobile Dealers Association of Washington promoted Louise Ale to vice president of meetings and convention services.

Ken A. Crerar joined the National Association of Casualty & Surety Agents, which is based in Bethesda, as vice president of government affairs.

The American Association of Airport Executives, which is based in Alexandria, has promoted J. Spencer Dickerson to senior vice president.

BANKING, FINANCIAL SERVICES

The National Association of Securities Dealers Inc., a Washington-based organization that oversees the over-the-counter securities market, has elected Stephen L. Hammerman chairman of the association's board of governors. Richard L. Hinton was elected vice chairman-elect of the board. William L. Tedford Jr. was chosen chairman and James F. Peck vice chairman of NASD's National Business Conduct Committee.

Finalco Group Inc., an equipment financing and brokerage firm based in McLean, appointed Robert W. Bertrand president and chief operating officer.

Sailors & Merchants Bank and Trust of Vienna appointed Wilson L. Harrison president of the bank and a member of the board.

Grace Dailey Harwood has been appointed general manager of The Foundation for Savings Institutions Inc. of Washington.

Christopher J. Grimm joined Sovran Bank N.A. as vice president of business development for the Washington employe benefit trust sales office.

Fredericktown Bank appointed J. Brian Gaeng vice president in the commercial lending and business development division.

David W. Doody joined PaineWebber Mortgage Finance Inc.'s Columbia office as a residential mortgage loan officer.

The Student Loan Marketing Association named Robert D. Friedhoff senior vice president and controller; James V. Manaro vice president of public finance and national accounts, and Doris H. McGhee assistant vice president of human resources.

Citizens Bank of Maryland named three new board members: Robert Bone, Gordon T. Wells II and Harry R. Smith.

First National Bank of Maryland has promoted Thomas B. Freeze to vice president of the commercial finance division.

COMMUNICATIONS

WUSA-TV, the Gannett-owned CBS affiliate in Washington, appointed Dana Rudman an "Eyewitness News" assignment editor and Barbara Cox a producer of the 6 p.m. "Eyewitness News" program. Cox replaces Paul Malkie, who recently was promoted to executive producer of the 11 p.m. "Eyewitness News."

Susan Barron joined the staff of Washingtonian magazine as a senior writer.

Contel Corp.'s federal systems applied systems division appointed Michael H. Kostrzewa as director of human resources.

Changing Times magazine named William Giese an associate editor. He will cover real estate and housing issues.

COMPUTER, HIGH TECHNOLOGY

Vitro Corp. of Silver Spring promoted Kathleen Hall Lyons to the newly created position of director of retirement programs.

HOTEL, FOOD SERVICES

Rajan Batra bas been named director of sales at the McLean Hilton.

INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING

Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., named Joseph J. Radcliff Washington district general manager of building systems services.

INSURANCE

Francis W. Plante joined Morgan & Cheves Inc., an Alexandria-based insurance company, as manager in its surety division.

Robert Truett has been named senior commercial lines underwriter for The Harleysville Insurance Companies' branch office in Richmond.

USLICO Securities Inc., a subsidiary of USLICO Corp. based in Arlington, elected David A. Richard senior vice president; Judith A. Ferris and Richard J. Pascal vice presidents; Elizabeth A. Schwarzman assistant vice president, and Duanlley START NOTE cq END NOTE Dawkins treasurer.

NONPROFIT

Maureen T. Thornton, former general counsel for the League of Women Voters of the United States, has been named director and general counsel of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Athey Martin Webb, a Richmond-based advertising agency, named John T. Leitch senior vice president of operations and Mary Susan Rowe media manager.

Paul X. Kelley, retired commandant of the Marine Corps, has been elected to the board of PHH Group Inc., a Baltimore-based corporate services company.

Hay Systems Inc. of Washington named John F. Short chief financial officer and secretary/treasurer; Elden H. Wright general manager of the company's federal systems division; and Barbara Pate Glacel general manager of its management programs division.

Suzanne Kenrick has joined The Hamilton Court Shop Inc., an interior design firm based in Washington.

Touche Ross and Co., an accounting and consulting firm, named Joe Freimuth partner-in-charge of the northern Virginia office.

Sandcastle Resorts Inc., a hotel management and marketing corporation based in Fairfax, appointed Michael P. Donoghue president.

Mary Debus has been elected a senior vice president of Doremus Porter Novelli of Washington.

Greenhorne & O'Mara Inc., a consulting firm based in Greenbelt, promoted David A. Huber to division manager of transportation engineering; Charles E. Bornman to division manager of structural engineering; Jeffrey B. Retterer to division manger for development engineering in the Rockville office; Robert J. Lewis to head of its transportation engineering departments; and Edward A. Grabarek to department head in charge of transportation related to structural design.

Roger D. Semerad, currently an assistant secretary of Labor, will join the public relations firm of Burson-Marsteller as a senior vice president in its Washington office.

Charlene Fuhrman-Schulz has been promoted to department head of plans processing at Bengtson, DeBell, Elkin & Titus Ltd.

Porter Partnership Inc., a Bethesda-based design firm, named John C. Porter president of the construction services division.

Kamber Engineering Inc., a civil and environmental engineering firm based in Gaithersburg, named Paul L. Shank an associate of the firm.

BSI Temporaries promoted Sandi Cook and Rose Holland to vice presidents.

Douglas MacMillan was named president of Environmental Systems Co., a hazardous waste incineration and cleanup firm based in Washington.

Thomas M. Smith joined the consulting firm of Johnson, Mirmian & Thompson as a project manager in the Baltimore office.

REAL ESTATE

Interstate General Co., a home-building company based in St. Charles, named Betsy Cooksey director of industrial development and Robert P. Hardesty assistant vice president of construction.

Capital Homes Inc. of Bethesda promoted Richard M. Stover to corporate director of construction.

CMC Realty Services Inc. appointed Chuck Martin vice president and principal broker.

RETAIL, WHOLESALE

Carol Bierwagen joined Andrews Office Products as manager of the furniture sales and design department.

Send information about appointments, promotions and other personnel moves to M.B. Christie, researcher, Business News Department, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. All material must be submitted in writing by the Monday preceding publication.