Lyman L. Bryan, 62, a retired Department of Commerce official who had been active in cultural, professional and youth groups, died of cancer Sept. 13 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Bryan retired in 1982 after 10 years as public and congressional affairs director of the Department of Commerce's minority business development enterprise program. He was the recipient of a Public Relations Society of America award for the best government development public relations program.

He was cochairman of the Great Books reading and discussion group in Falls Church and had contributed articles to and served as a columnist for journals published by trade organizations. He was a member of the National Press Club and Sigma Delta Chi, the national journalism honor society. He had been a Little League baseball and football coach in Arlington.

Mr. Bryan was a native of New Castle, Okla., and a 1948 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he received a journalism degree. He contracted polio while serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and spent a year in the hospital.

He was information director of the Independent Petroleum Association in Washington from 1953 to 1955. He then spent a year as a community relations manager with the Chrysler Corp. in Detroit and a year as executive vice president of the Oklahoma State Development Council.

He returned to this area in 1957, when he opened the Washington division of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He served as division director until joining Commerce in 1972.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Modlin Bryan of Arlington; one son, Lowell L., of New Canaan, Conn.; three daughters, Lisa B. Staples of Newport News, Va., and Laurel and Layne Bryan, both of Arlington; his father, A. Roy Bryan of Norman, Okla., and five grandchildren.

ANN SIMON KAPLAN,

69, a retired budget analyst with the Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget, died Sept. 3 at the Ellenville Hospital in Ellenville, N.Y. She had diabetes.

Mrs. Kaplan lived in Silver Spring and was vacationing when she was stricken. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., she graduated from Brooklyn College and received a master's degree in psychology from New York University.

During World War II, she worked for the Office of Price Administration in Washington. She lived in Cherry Hill, N.J., until moving here permanently in 1962. She went to work for Montgomery County in 1969 and retired in 1982.

Mrs. Kaplan was a member of Congregation Har Tzeon -- Agudath Achim, Hadassah and Ma'Anat USA, a charitable organization.

Her husband, Sidney Kaplan, died in 1969. Survivors include two sons, Stuart and Bruce Kaplan, both of Silver Spring, and two brothers, Hyman and Joshua Simon, both of Brooklyn.

C. ELEANOR STEWART,

83, a registered nurse who was on the staff of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases from 1956 until she retired in 1973, died of heart ailments Sept. 13 at the Potomac Valley nursing home in Rockville.

Mrs. Stewart, a resident of Rockville, was born in Holidaysburg, Pa. She graduated from the Jefferson Medical College Hospital school of nursing in Philadelphia in 1925 and was a nurse at the hospital before moving to the Washington area in 1939.

From 1952 to 1956, she was a nurse at Suburban Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Harold L. Stewart of Rockville; two children, Janet S. Burchett of Bethesda and Robert C. Stewart of Westfield, N.J.; one brother, Oliver P. Finn of Harrisburg, Pa.; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

EMMA KNIGHT DOWELL,

90, a member of the Women's Association of the McLean Baptist Church and the Women's Club of McLean, died at her home in Fairfax Sept. 13 of heart and lung ailments.

Mrs. Dowell was born in Selma, Ala. She graduated from Montevallo University in Alabama. As a young woman, she was a teacher in the home extension program in Alabama and drove a horse and buggy to reach her students.

In 1918, she moved to the Washington area. Except for the years from 1928 to 1935, she had lived here since. She was a member of the Kenwood Golf and Country Club.

Her husband, A. Yates Dowell, a patent attorney, died in 1970.

Survivors include three children, A. Yates Dowell Jr., Margaret Cochran Kearney and Josephine Dowell Hinson, all of McLean; nine grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

GERTRUDE LANMAN KANE,

76, a retired secretary who had worked for the Montgomery County school system, the National Geographic and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, died of cancer Sept. 12 at her home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Kane retired in 1961 after 11 years at Four Corners Elementary School. During the late 1930s and 1940s she had been a secretary at National Geographic and the FBI.

She was born in Washington and graduated from Central High School and Temple Business School.

As a young woman, Mrs. Kane acted in amateur theatrical productions of the D.C. Community Players and the Nativity Players. She was a former president of the Christ Child Institute Auxiliary, a charitable organization.

Survivors include her husband, Owen A. Kane Jr. of Silver Spring; two daughters, Maureen A. Kammerer of St. Louis and Catherine A. Houff of Baltimore; one son, Owen A. Kane III of Louisville; one brother, Maurice H. Lanman, and one sister, Anna Marie Horan, both of Kensington, and six grandchildren.

IRVING B. KISSELEFF,

78, a retired sales manager at Calvert Toyota in Arlington and Tysons Toyota in Falls Church, died of pneumonia Sept. 6 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.

Mr. Kisseleff, a resident of Phoenix, was born in Washington. He grew up in Arlington and graduated from Washington-Lee High School. He served in the Army in World War II.

As a young man, he worked at Kisseleff's Market, a grocery in Arlington that was started by his father in the mid-1920s. He ran the store until 1966, when he went to work at Calvert Toyota. He transferred to Tysons Toyota in the early 1970s and retired in 1979.

Mr. Kisseleff was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Kisseleff, and one stepson, Philip Nickle, both of Phoenix; two brothers, Harold Kisseleff of Forestville and Lyman Kisseleff of Alexandria, and three sisters, Beatrice Kisseleff of Alexandria, Ruth Ladd of Forestville and Josephine Yochelson of Bryans Road, Md.

HARRIET WEILL BAER,

73, an area resident since 1955 who was active in Jewish organizations, died of cancer Sept. 13 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mrs. Baer, who lived in Chevy Chase, was a native of New York City.

She was a past president of the Irving Cooper chapter of the National Children's Center Inc. in Washington and a member of Hadassah.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Milton Baer of Chevy Chase; one son, Dr. Michael Baer of Rochester, N.Y.; one daughter, Kathy Porsella of Columbia; one brother, Irving Weill of Santa Cruz, Calif.; two sisters, Marion Cerrell and Juliette Posner, both of Los Angeles, and four grandchildren.

LUCY CROSS BROWN,

88, a former employe of Garfinckel's department store and the Southern Railway, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 13 at Kensington Gardens Nursing Center.

Mrs. Brown, a resident of Washington, was born in Montevalo, Ala., and moved to this area in 1926.

During the late 1940s she was a salesclerk at the Garfinckel's in Spring Valley. Later she worked in the treasurer's department of the Southern Railway until she retired in the early 1960s.

She was a member of the Church of Pilgrims Presbyterian Church in Washington.

Her husband, F. Kenneth Brown, died in 1945.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathryn B. Kunkel of Kensington and Charlotte B. Turner of Millville, Del.; one sister, Vivian Young of Montgomery, Ala., and five grandchildren.