Jose Otero, 86, a retired health bulletin editor with the Pan American Health Organization and former language instructor with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School, died Oct. 15 at Suburban Hospital. He had congestive heart failure.

A resident of Bethesda, he came to the Washington area in 1953 and spent the next 12 years with the Pan American Health Organization. He then taught at the USDA Graduate School until about 1970.

Mr. Otero was a native of Spain and attended the University of Madrid. He was director of the magazine Pan and was wounded while fighting in the Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War before leaving Spain in 1936.

He spent a short time in England, then settled in Argentina where he wrote, edited and translated books. A volume he wrote on "The Atom" won a Latin American prize. He came to the United States in 1947 and spent the next six years as head of the modern language department at Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Otero was a member of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington.

His wife, Alicia, died in 1977. Survivors include a daughter, Alicia Lamb of England, and two grandchildren.


77, who owned and operated the Casa Lebrato Cuban-American grocery in Washington for 11 years before retiring in 1975, died Oct. 17 at the Leewood nursing home in Annandale, where he had spent the past nine years. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Lebrato was a native of Camaguey, Cuba. He was mayor of Santa Cruz del Sur, Cuba, and he worked as a sugar company surveyor before coming to this country in 1962. He settled in the Washington area and made his home in Bethesda. He spent two years as a draftsman with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission before starting his store in 1964.

Survivors include his wife, Caridad, and a daughter, Vivian Porro, both of Bethesda; a brother, Agustin, and a sister, Gloria Barreto, both of Miami, and four grandchildren.


79, a founding member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, where she had been a Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder, died of a heart ailment Oct. 16 at the Oak Meadow Nursing Home in Alexandria.

She had been active with the Alexandria Girl Scouts. Mrs. Rinker, an Alexandria resident who moved to this area in 1935, was born in Steubenville, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University and attended the College of William and Mary.

Her husband, James T. Rinker, died in 1960. Survivors include two daughters, Gail Ragan of Hyattsville, and Robin MacFarland of Alexandria; one son, John R. Rinker of Cherry Hill, N.J.; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


63, a retired practical nurse and a member of Rock Creek Baptist Church in Washington, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 16 at the Washington Hospital Center. She lived in Washington.

Miss Singleton was born in Battleboro, N.C. She graduated from Fayetteville State Teachers College in North Carolina. She moved to the Washington area in 1951 and became a self-employed practical nurse. She retired in 1984.

Survivors include seven sisters, Mable Hinton and Mae E. Bullock, both of Washington, Lessie Singleton of Battleboro, and Bessie Chambers of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Lindora Taylor, Sarah Swan, and Edna Jackson, all of Philadelphia.


76, an area resident since 1975 who was a Mason, died Oct. 17 at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Bain was a native of Alabama and a 1934 graduate of Auburn University. He worked for the War Department during World War II. After the war, he was an executive in Atlanta with Chevrolet and several oil companies, and retired in 1975 as a restaurateur.

His marriage to Lucy J. Bain ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Jackson, of Alexandria, and Robin, of Mobile, Ala., and eight grandchildren.