Herman J. Shechtel, 65, retired assistant branch engineer with the ground support divison of the Navy Air Systems Command, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 7 at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.

Mr. Shechtel was born in Boston. He graduated from Northeastern University. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific. He retired from the Navy Reserves with the rank of commander in 1982.

After the war, he became a civilian employe of the Navy Department at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory. He later transferred to the Navy Air Systems Command, where he retired in 1976.

He was a founding president of the Young People's Synagogue and a past vice president of Ohr Kodesh Synagogue in Chevy Chase. He was a member of B'nai B'rith and a past president of the men's club of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. He was a past president of the Coquelin Run Citizens Association in Chevy Chase.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine, of Chevy Chase; one son, Stephen, of Belleair Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Bonnie Keller of Largo, Fla., and Barbara Safian of Wilmington, Del.; one sister, Anita Bromberg of Boston; two brothers, Nelson, of Bowie and Irwin, of Boston, and five grandchildren.

CARLOS ALFONSO ESPARZA,74, a retired insurance underwriter with International Group Plans Inc. in Washington, died of pneumonia Aug. 7 at Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Falls Church.

Mr. Esparza was born in Peru. He moved to the United States in 1964 and settled in the Washington area. He joined IGP, an insurance firm, in the late 1960s and retired in 1978.

He was a 33rd degree Mason and a former Supreme Grand Commander in South America.

Survivors include his wife, Renee, of Falls Church; four daughters, Martha Leal of Annandale, Renee Day and Rosa Albisu, both of Falls Church, and Rocio Esparza-Bell of Fairfax; one son, Carlos Esparza of Lima, Peru; two sisters, and seven grandchildren.

DR. ROBERT E. MAHER,81, a Washington physician for 51 years before retiring in 1983, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Aug. 8 at the Potomac Valley nursing home in Rockville. He lived in Rockville.

In addition to maintaining a general medical practice, he had taught at Georgetown University medical school.

Dr. Maher was born in Medina, N.Y., and moved to this area to attend college. He graduated from Georgetown University and, in 1932, its medical school. He interned at Georgetown University Hospital.

He was a member of Congressional Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Louise, of Rockville; two sons, Robert E., of Alexandria, and Michael J., of Summit, N.J.; two daughters, Mary M. Sherwood of Rockville, and Ann M. Bissonette of Snyder, N.Y., and eight grandchildren.

F. EUGENE NEWBOLD,69, a retired executive vice president for business development with Rolls-Royce Inc., died Aug. 7 at his home in Washington after a heart attack.

Mr. Newbold was born in Devon, Pa. He graduated from Princeton University. In 1940, he joined the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corp., where he became vice president of engineering and marketing. During the early 1960s, he worked for aerospace firms in Massachusetts and New Jersey.

He formed an aviation consulting firm in New York City in 1964 and became a consultant with Rolls-Royce in 1967. He was made a vice president of the firm in 1976 and transferred to the Washington offices in 1981. Since retiring in 1984, he had been a full-time consultant at Rolls-Royce.

His marriage to Marion Newbold ended in divorce. His second wife, Helen B. Newbold, died in 1975.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah F. Vaughan Newbold of Washington; two daughters by his first marriage, Eleanor N. Sinkler of Elverson, Pa., and Marion N. Terrell of Laguna Hills, Calif.; one son by his second marriage, Thomas E., of Stamford, Conn.; one brother, William F., of Philadelphia, and four grandchildren.

WILLIE W. ANDERSON,88, who worked for the Agriculture Department for 42 years before retiring in 1969 as a marketing specialist, died Aug. 8 at Carriage Hill nursing home in Silver Spring after a stroke. He lived in Silver Spring.

Before moving here in 1946, he had worked for the Agriculture Department in Florida, Mississippi, Delaware, West Virginia and Canada. Mr. Anderson was a native of Chatham, Va., and a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He started working at the Agriculture Department in 1927.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Silver Spring, where he had been a deacon and had taught a men's class. He was a Mason and had belonged to several area garden clubs.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Ross Anderson of Silver Spring; two daughters, Elizabeth East of Olney and Martha Coon of Brookesville, Md., and five grandchildren.