Dorothy Bush LeBlond, who spent some of her childhood in Washington when her dad was a Texas congressman, chairman of the Republican Party and director of the CIA, goes to work for the National Rehabilitation Hospital in the Washington Hospital Center complex on Aug. 6. She will be the coordinator of special audiences in the communications and development office.

Rob Hartman, director of communications, said yesterday that LeBlond would be involved in special-event planning and would serve as staff liaison to the hospital's board of associates, people "who give their time to help raise money and produce events."

Special events are part of the hospital's bread and butter, but LeBlond won't be directly involved in soliciting gifts, according to Hartman. The hospital's two main fund-raisers each year are the Victory Awards show at the Kennedy Center, honoring people who have overcome physical adversity, and a golf tournament. This year those events raised a total of $350,000. There is also a polo match between American and British teams in alternate years.

"Planning them takes an enormous amount of time," Hartman said, adding that he expects LeBlond to start work on the Victory Awards, scheduled for October, and next year's golf tournament.

LeBlond, who turns 31 next month, has been working for Maine's tourism office, where her job is convention planning. She began job hunting in Washington shortly after her divorce was granted in April from William H. LeBlond, a Maine building contractor. Married eight years, they have two children, Ellie, 3, and Sam, 5, who have accompanied their mother to Washington.

The not-for-profit 160-bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Northwest Washington treats stroke victims, patients with arthritis, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries and other neurological and orthopedic conditions.

At this point, Barbara Bush may know as much about the four-year-old hospital as her daughter does, having met many of its "alumni" during the 1989 Victory Awards celebration, when she invited the 25 state winners as well as singers Barbara Mandrell and Julio Iglesias to a White House reception.

The White House isn't saying where LeBlond has moved -- other than it's not the White House. Wherever it is -- the District, Maryland or Virginia -- she is the second of the Bushes' five children to be living in the area. Son Marvin resides in Northern Virginia.

Hartman said he did not know the details of how LeBlond came to be hired, but Anna Perez, Barbara Bush's spokeswoman, said yesterday that the job LeBlond finally decided upon was "one that matched."

Another presidential daughter goes before a Senate committee tomorrow to urge passage of a law that would require tuna products to be labeled with information about the methods used to catch the tuna.

What Patti Davis, representing the Earth Island Institute, has to say about the killing of dolphins in tuna nets may not be what Dad would like to hear, but that won't keep her from linking Ronald Reagan's deregulation practices with what she calls the "largest slaughter of marine mammals in history."

"During the Reagan administration, the implementation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act stalled at 20,500 {dolphins caught} a year," she said yesterday. "This was not the original intent of the act, and the anti-regulatory stance of the administration gave the tuna lobby that much more power to eliminate certain measures designed for dolphin protection."

Davis says that last spring she asked Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and vice chairman of the National Ocean Policy Study, to hold a hearing on the labeling law. To document the need, she invited Kerry to see film taken by fellow environmentalist Sam LaBudde of dolphins being killed by tuna fishermen.

Marilyn Quayle, recovering from what sources said was a hysterectomy last weekend at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, is expected to be back home in a couple of days, a spokesman for Vice President Dan Quayle said yesterday.

David Beckwith said she was "doing well" and "we expect her home sometime this week." He added that the family had decided against disclosing the type of operation or the disease even though Mrs. Quayle has been a highly visible and vocal spokeswoman in the crusade against breast cancer. Her mother, a pediatrician, died of breast cancer at the age of 56.

This spring, Mrs. Quayle testified before a congressional health subcommittee. She and the vice president also ran in a celebrity "Race for Cure" aimed at encouraging women to undergo early screening and mammograms.

President Bush called her during the weekend "to wish her a speedy recovery," according to his spokesman, Marlin Fitzwater. And Barbara Bush called Vice President Quayle, according to her spokeswoman, Anna Perez.

Perez said she did not know if the First Lady plans to pay Mrs. Quayle a visit before leaving town at the end of the week for her annual August vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Did Richard Nixon snub Spiro Agnew -- or was it the other way around last week in Yorba Linda, Calif.?

Nixon's office confirmed yesterday that Agnew, Nixon's first-term vice president, who resigned in 1973 pleading no contest to a tax evasion charge amid allegations of receiving kickbacks, was invited to the dedication of the Nixon Library & Birthplace -- unlike John Dean, John Ehrlichman and G. Gordon Liddy.

Other sources speculate that Agnew, probably only too aware of what his former colleagues thought of him after the National Archives released the Nixon papers, just never bothered to RSVP.