Elmer Granville Burland was a Californian working with the American Relief Administration in Moscow after World War I when he met Ekatcherina, a ballerina with the Bolshoi ballet.

They fell in love and were married, and in 1924 she came with him when he returned to his homeland. They were inseparable during the next 54 years.

On June 30, Elmer Burland died of emphysema at the age of 85 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Eight days later, Catherine Burland was found dead at the age of 77 in their Washington apartment. The doctor said she died of a heart attack. Her family says she died of a "broken heart."

They had maintained a home in Washington since 1942, although Mr. Burland's work had taken them for extended periods to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ankara, Turkey, and Arequipa, Peru. They had lived quietly here since his retirement in 1968.

He was born in Visalia, Calif. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he also earned a law degree.

After serving as an officer with the U.S. Army in France in World War I, Mr. Burland joined the American Relief Administration as chief of its food package operation in Vienna, Austria. He held the same position with the ARA mission in Moscow from 1921 to 1924.

The experiences he had with that work later led him to help establish CARE in 1946. He was the organization's deputy executive director in New York City that year.

When he first came back to this country in 1924, Mr. Burland worked for a year for the International Chamber of Commerce in Washington. He then became an officer of Blair and Co., Inc., investment bankers in New York.

He took leave from the firm during World War II to serve as an economic adviser in the liberated areas division of the State Department in Washington.

After his year with CARE in New York, Mr. Burland returned here as financial adviser in the loan department of the World Bank, a position he held until 1952, when he became an official of a private investment bank in Rio de Janeiro.

He returned to the World Bank here two years later as an adviser on capital markets. In 1957, he was sent to Ankara, Turkey, by the International Cooperation Administration, later the Agency for International Development.

Mr. Burland was a consultant on Pakistan and Brazil at AID offices in Washington during 1963-65. He then became an analyst with the Stanford Research Institute, which assigned him to the AID mission to Peru in Arequipa, where he retired.

When she left Moscow, Mrs. Burland left behind her career as a ballerina. She never danced professionally again. Her role was that of wife and mother. Ocassionally she worked on translations from Russian to English.

The Burlands are survived by two sons, Granville (Sascha) Burland, a composer and record producer, of Bridgehampton, N.Y., and Dr. J. Alexis Burland, a psychoanalyst, of Bala-Cynwyd, Pa., and a grandchild.