Retired Army Lt. Col. Orin A. Fayle, 59, a combat veteran of World War II who had worked for the Commerce Department since 1966, died of kidney failure Oct. 2 at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

Col. Fayle was an officer in Gen. George S. Patton Jr.'s 3rd Army in Europe during World War II. He became a member of the U.S. Advisory Group in Nanking, China, in 1946, and was interned by Chinese Communist forces for five months before being released in October 1949.

His later tours of duty included Japan and Italy. He was assigned to the office of chief of Army engineers at the Pentagon and then was assistant district Army engineer in Baltimore in the early 1960s before retiring from active duty in 1963.

Three years later he joined Commerce as chief of construction management for the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration.

A native of Canada, Col. Fayle came to this country at an early age and was reared in New York City. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and was a graduate of the Command and General Staff School. He entered the Army in 1940.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie, and a daughter, Madeline, both of McLean; three sons, Patrick, of Alexanderia, Paul, of Lexington, Va., and Philip, of Richmond; a brother, Alton, and two sisters, Ada Totten and Jane Mercure, all of Connecticut.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Kidney Foundation.