Edward Michael Law-Yone, 69, former official of Burma and then of the Burmese government-in-exile, died Friday at Montgomery General Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Silver Spring.
Mr. Law-Yone came to this country in 1971 from Thailand, where he had been secretary general of the Burma Parliamentary Democracy Party and foreign minister of the Burmese government in exile since 1968.
He lived first in Durham, N.C., coming to the Washington area three years ago. Since coming to the United States, he had lectured at various universities, worked as a translator and had written for a number of publications.
Mr. Law-Yone was born in Nyitkyina, Burma, and later worked as a civil servant for the British government there. He served in the British army prior to World War II. After escaping to India during the war, he resigned to serve as an officer in the U.S. Office of Strategic Services in the China-Burma-India theater.
He returned to Burma after the war and later was editor of two English language daily newspapers. From 1950 to 1962, Mr. Law-Yone headed various Burmese government commissions. When Burma was taken in a military coup, he was held as a political prisoner for six-years until his release in 1968.
Mr. Law-Yone was the author of several books.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, of Silver Spring; five children, Marjolaine Tin-Nyo of Camp Hill, Pa., Jocelyn Scholz of Alexandria, Hubert, of Haifa, Israel, Wendy, of Washington, and Dr. Bryon, of Silver Spring; two brothers of Burma, and nine grandchildren.