Arthur L. Label, 76, retired chief of the telecommunications division of the State Department, died of a cerebral hemorrhage May 12 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
He joined the State Department in 1930, and stayed in the aviation division until 1947, when he transferred to telecommunications. He retired in 1967, and moved to Fort Lauderdale a year later.
While at the State Department, Dr. Lebel was a member and chairman of U.S. delegations to numerous international conferences.
These included meetings held by the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
From 1939 to 1965, Dr. Label prepared this country's positions for most of the International conferences on allocation of radio frequencies for use by civil aviation.
He was elected president of a number of conference including the 1948-49 ITU International Administrative Aeronautical Radio Conference at Geneva, and the first session of the ITU Extraordinary Administrative Aeronautical Radio Conference at Geneva in 1964, and the second session in 1966.
D. Lebel was a member of the U.S. section of the International Technical Committee of Aerial Legal Experts, known as CITEJA, and of the American section of the International Technical Consultative Committee on Radio Communications.
He received the State Department's Meritorious Service Award in 1951 and the Federal Aviation Agency's Distinguished Service Award in 1965.
Born in Haverhill, Mass., Dr.Label was a graduate of Georgetown University and received the degrees of master of patent laws and doctor of juristic science from National University.
He was a member of the D.C. Bar Association, the Institude of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics.
He is survived by his wife, Ella D., of the home; a son, Andre, of Los Angeles, and a daughter, Jeanette Fifer, of Upland, Calif.