Phyllis Pratt Nitze, 75, a longtime area resident who was active in church, civic and cultural organizations, died June 27 at her home in Washington. She had emphysema.

She had been married to Paul H. Nitze, a presidential adviser on arms control who has held high posts in the State and Defense departments, since 1932.

Mrs. Nitze had been board chairman of the old Washington Home for Incurables and a trustee of the National Symphony. She was a member of the Washington Cathedral, where she also had held office.

She was an accomplished horsewoman and had supported the theater. She had acted in New York in her youth.

Mrs. Nitze was born in Glen Cove, N.Y., and grew up in New York City. She attended the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va., and spent time in the Washington area when her mother, Rep. Ruth Pratt (R-N.Y.), served in the House of Representatives from 1929 to 1933.

In addition to her husband, of Washington, her survivors include two sons, Peter and William A., both of New York City; two daughters, Phyllis Thompson of Brookline, Mass., and Heidi Nitze of New York City; 11 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.


82, who spent 30 years in the Navy before retiring as a warrant officer in 1955 and then working for the old Statler Hilton Hotel in Washington until retiring again in 1975, died of leukemia June 25 at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

During his years with the Navy, he specialized in communications intelligence work. He served in the Pacific during World War II and worked on the breaking of Japanese codes.

His last assignment was with communications intelligence work in Africa. He then did communications work with the Statler Hilton.

Mr. Lewis, who lived in Churchton, Md., was a native of Bald Eagle, Pa. He lived in the Washington area for about 10 years before moving to Anne Arundel County in the mid-1960s.

He was a charter member of the Churchton Elks Club and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association of Annapolis, and the On the Roof Gang, an organization of former Navy communications intelligence personnel.

He leaves no immediate survivors.


63, an area resident since 1953 who was active in Army officers' wives clubs and in church work, died of cancer June 26 at her home in Silver Spring.

She was a native of Germany and came to this country in 1949 after her marriage to Orlyn C. Oestereich, now a retired Army colonel.

She accompanied her husband to posts in this country, Europe and the Far East.

Mrs. Oestereich had been an officer of the Walter Reed Officers and Civilians Auxiliary and of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Wives Club. She had been a member of the Army Officers Wives Club of the Greater Washington Area.

She was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, where her volunteer work included service with the meals-on-wheels program.

In addition to her husband, of Silver Spring, survivors include a daughter, Lisa, also of Silver Spring; a son, Mark, her mother, Lina Schoppler, a sister and a brother, all of West Germany, and a half-sister, Mary Louise Cunningham of Richmond.