Alvin E. O'Konski, 83, a Wisconsin Republican who served 30 years in the House of Representatives and was a coauthor of the GI Bill of Rights, died of a heart ailment yesterday at his summer home in Kewaunee, Wis.
Mr. O'Konski left the House in 1973 after being defeated by Democrat David Obey when reapportionment reduced Wisconsin's representation to nine seats.
As an author of the GI Bill, he helped in the enactment of legislation that provided educational benefits, insured home mortgage loans, health care and other benefits to millions of Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II and afterward.
He once described himself as a "New Deal Democrat domestically, and a rabid conservative internationally," and he was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union. In 1945 he condemned the postwar partition of Poland as "the most ghastly crime of all ages known to man or beast."
Mr. O'Konski was a former chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and he served on the Public Works, Education and Labor and Armed Services committees. He also served on the House District Committee, where during the 1960s he was a vigorous opponent of legislation to create a rail rapid transit system for metropolitan Washington on the grounds that the cost would be excessive.
He also was a staunch opponent of home rule for the District during the 1960s, but he changed his position near the end of his congressional service.
Mr. O'Konski was born on a Kewaunee County farm May 26, 1904. He attended the old Oshkosh State College and did graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa.
Before being elected to the House, Mr. O'Konski taught at high schools and at Itasca Junior College in Coleraine, Minn., Oregon State College and the University of Michigan at Detroit.
Mr. O'Konski also owned and operated The Iron County Miner in Hurley, Wis., radio stations in Merrill and Wausau, Wis., and a television station in Rhinelander, Wis.
He retired to Winter Park, Fla., in 1980 and had a summer home in Kewaunee.
He is survived by his wife, Veronica (Bonnie) Hemming O'Konski, and two brothers.
CARL S. PARIS, 71, the general manager of a building maintenance firm in Prince George's County who had been director of the administration division of the Naval Ship Engineering Center, died of cancer July 7 at Providence Hospital.
Mr. Paris, a Hyattsville resident, was born in Rochester, N.Y., and received a law degree from the old Columbus Law School.
He moved to Washington in 1934 and began his government career as a messenger with the old Home Owners Loan Corp. He served in the Navy during World War II, then went to work for the Navy Department.
Mr. Paris retired in 1975. During his government career, he received the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Award and its Superior Civilian Service Award.
Since his retirement from the government, Mr. Paris had been general manager of Toledo Service and Maintenance Corp. in Hyattsville.
In 1959, while working for the Navy, Mr. Paris persuaded his fellow employes to sign one large Christmas card instead of exchanging cards and to send the money they saved to Bill Gold's District Line column at The Washington Post for Children's Hospital. That plan developed into Operation Christmas Card, which continues today.
Mr. Paris was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Hyattsville, the Knights of Columbus and the Loyal Order of Moose.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Paris of Hyattsville; two sons, William C. Paris of Denver and Christopher S. Paris of Brunswick, Md.; three daughters, Janine M. Paris of Timonium, Md., Carol A. Paris of Morgantown, W.Va., and Mary P. Conway of Laurel; one brother, Donald M. Paris of Hamilton, Ontario; one sister, Mary D. Horner of Wyomissing, Pa., and eight grandchildren.
THOMAS HENRY HELD, 50, a history and geography teacher at Anacostia High School for 17 years before he retired in December, died July 7 at Holy Cross Hospital of complications of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Mr. Held, a Silver Spring resident, was born in Baltimore and moved to this area when he was in his early twenties. He was a graduate of the old D.C. Teachers College and received a master's degree in education from George Washington University.
He had taught in the D.C. school system for 24 years, the last 17 at Anacostia High School.
Mr. Held was a member of the professional education fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa.
His marriage to Lee Held ended in divorce.
Survivors include two daughters, Toby Held of Silver Spring and Susan Held of Evergreen, Colo.
JOHN FRANCIS HAUBER, 83, a Northern Virginia salesman with the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. from 1944 to 1962 and a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church in Groveton, Va., died July 5 in Mount Vernon Hospital. He had cancer.
Mr. Hauber, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Washington. Before joining Pittsburgh Plate Glass, he was a car salesman.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Inez Moore, of Alexandria.