William A. Maio, 85, a retired auditor who was president of the Southeast Washington Citizens Association and the Southeast Council of Citizens Associations during the 1930s and 1940s, died May 20 at the Chevy Chase Nursing Center after a stroke. He lived in Chevy Chase before moving to the center in 1980.

Mr. Maio was born in Italy and reared in Washington. He was a graduate of the old Business High School.

He joined the P.T. Moran Co. as an machinist in 1921. He was later manager of the feed and grain company. He retired in the early 1950s as an auditor with the Griffith Consumers Co., an oil company.

During World War II, he worked with the Selective Service Board and was chairman of a civil defense committee in Washington.

Mr. Maio was a former official of the D.C. Suffrage Association and the Metropolitan Police Boys Club. He was a past president of the Lido Civic Club and a member of the Washington Council of the Knights of Columbus.

His wife, Grace Costantino Maio, died in 1964.

Survivors include a daughter, Regina M. Zinn of Lothian, Md.; a son, William A. Jr., of Chevy Chase; a brother, Frank, of Forestville; a sister, Leonora Maio of Washington; three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.