Robert Norman Paty, 61, a former ranking personnel official with the Peace Corps and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, died of cancer Sept. 23 at a hospital in Atlanta. He lived in Oxford, Ga.

A former Annandale resident, he had maintained a home in the Washington area from about 1960 until moving to Georgia, where he had lived since 1982.

Mr. Paty was born in China to American parents who were Methodist missionaries. He grew up in the Far East and served there as a translater-interpreter with Army intelligence during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and received a master's degree in oriental studies at Johns Hopkins University.

He worked for the U.S. Civil Service Commission in Atlanta and San Juan, P.R., before joining the Peace Corps in 1961 as its deputy personnel director. From 1965 to 1967, he was stationed in Kuala Lumpur as deputy director of Peace Corps programs in Southeast Asia. After that, he returned to Washington as assistant personnel director at HUD, a post he held until retiring in 1978.

His wife, the former Andrena Anderson, died in 1981. Survivors include two sons, James Morris Paty of Alameda, Calif., and Army Sgt. Franklin Muse Paty, who is stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash.; a daughter, Katherine Paty Graves of Clarendon Hills, Ill.; his mother, Katherine B. Paty, and a sister, Helen Paty Stamps, both of Oxford, Ga.; a brother, Dr. Donald Winston Paty of Vancouver, B.C., and a grandchild.

ROBERT E. PLAIN,

50, a certified public accountant who was a partner in the accounting firm of Touche Ross & Co., died of cancer Sept. 27 at his home in Silver Spring.

Mr. Plain began his accounting career in Kansas City, Mo., with Touche Ross in 1958. He transferred to the Washington office in 1965. At the time of his death, he was director of professional standards of the Washington office, and he had served as the firm's national director for public sector practice.

He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Municipal Finance Officers Association and the District of Columbia Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Plain was a native of Garnett, Kan., and a 1958 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he received an accounting degree.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy C., of Silver Spring; a son, Douglas A., of Washington; three daughters, Karen E. Broderick of Gaithersburg, Nancy Plain of Plano, Tex., and Cynthia Plain of Silver Spring; his father, George A., of Garnett, and a grandchild.

BESSIE LOUISE PATTON LEGORY,

78, a retired Texas schoolteacher who had lived here from 1935 to 1945 and again since the early 1970s, died of pneumonia Sept. 24 at Mount Vernon Hospital.

Mrs. LeGory, who lived in Fairfax, was a native of Crockett, Tex. She lived here when her father, Nat Patton (D-Tex.) served in the House of Representatives. She was a graduate of the University of Texas and taught elementary school in Houston County, Tex., for 15 years before retiring in the mid-1960s.

She was a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Annandale. Her hobbies included oil painting and hooking rugs.

Her husband, Joe Gus LeGory, died in August 1987. Her survivors include a son, James Patton LeGory of Fairfax; a brother, Nat Patton of Crockett; a sister, Bonnie Patton Smith of Austin, Tex., and four grandchildren.

SOL SAX,

83, a retired Washington musician and music teacher who had lived here since the early 1930s, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 26 at the Washington Hospital Center. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Sax played piano at silent movie houses in his native Pennsylvania, and he lived in Baltimore, where he graduated from the Peabody Conservatory and was staff pianist with WBAL radio, before moving here.

He played for a short time in the 1930s with the National Symphony, and he performed with a trio at the Carlton Hotel from 1949 to 1958. He had privately taught voice and piano and had accompanied professional artists during Washington performances.

He leaves no immediate survivors.

JAMES PALMER DEARING,

52, a former respiratory therapist at the National Institutes of Health who had been a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston since 1974, died of cancer Sept. 27 at his home in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

An authority on the use of heart-lung machines and other life-support systems, he had been chairman of the university's extracorporeal circulation technology department.

Mr. Dearing was born in Boston and moved to the Washington area in 1941. He was a graduate of Ohio State University and served in the Army in the 1950s. He worked at NIH from the mid-1950s until 1967. He then worked for Ohio State University until moving to South Carolina.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Clark Dearing, and two sons, Michael Scott and James Randall Dearing, all of Mount Pleasant; two daughters, Vicki Lynne Rayfield of North Carolina, and Cynthia Anne Dearing of Mount Pleasant; his father, Dr. W.P. Dearing of Bethesda; two brothers, John, of Malvern, Pa., and Albert S., of Sunland, Calif., and a grandchild.