A group of Washington area community leaders has established the Joseph B. Danzansky Commemoration Committee and a nonprofit, tax-exempt fund in memory of the late community leader and businessman.

Serving as cochairman of the committee will be Paul S. Forbes and Raymond R. Dickey.

Forbes served as Mr. Danzansky's chief aide for many years and worked closely with him on community projects. Forbes now is vice president of Drug Fair, Inc.

Dickey, a long-time friend of Mr. Danzansky, was his law partner for more than 20 years. Dickey is now senior partner in the law firm of Danzansky, Dickey, Tydings, Quint and Gordon.

The committee hopes to provide support programs and projects that continue Mr. Danzansky's life work, Forbes said. One idea under consideration is to recognize and support persons or groups who do the most to heal the ills of the community.

Another suggestion, made by Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton (D-Mo.), a Commemoration Committee member and friend of Mr. Danzansky, is an annual scholarship to a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia for masters' degree work at American, Catholic, Georgtown, George Washington or Howard Universities. The award would be for studies in political science, urban planning, community relations, labor relations or one of the many fields in which Mr. Dansansky demonstrated interest.

Contributions to the fund are welcomed and are tax deductible.Checks should be made payable to the Joseph B. Danzansky Commemoration Fund, c/o The Community Foundation of Greater Washington, Inc., 3221 M St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. For more information, call Forbes at 370-7736 or Dickey at 857-4012.