Walter Hunt Wood Sr., 71, a former picture editor for The Washington Post and The Evening Star who became an editor of magazines published by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the Department of Labor, died of leukemia Oct. 29 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Wood, who lived in Clinton, was born in Washington. He graduated from McKinley Technical High School and George Washington University. He began his newspaper career in 1936 with the old Washington Times and in 1939 joined The Post as a police reporter. He became picture editor in 1940.

During World War II he was a combat correspondent with the Marines in the South Pacific and participated in the landings at Peleliu and Okinawa.

He returned to his job as picture editor at The Post after the war. In 1952, he went to The Star, where he was picture editor until 1963. He was picture editor of the Baltimore News-American from 1963 to 1966. He then joined HEW, where he edited American Education magazine. Later he edited Labor Worklife magazine at the Labor Department. He retired in 1986.

Mr. Wood was one of three editors who helped organize the journalism department at the University of Maryland. He also taught journalism at American University and George Washington University.

He was a member of the White House Correspondents Association, the White House Photographers Association, the National Press Club and the E Streeters, a group of Post employes who worked at the newspaper when it was on E Street NW.

Survivors include his wife, Estelle Wood of Clinton; four daughters, Edith Estelle Evander of Cockeysville, Md., Sarah and Mary Wood, both of Alexandria, and Valerie Britain of Silver Spring; one son, Walter Hunt Wood Jr. of Clinton; and two grandchildren.

MARY CRAFT-COTTRELL,

90, a retired home economics teacher with the D.C. public schools, where she worked for more than 40 years, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 27 at Washington Hospital Center. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Craft-Cottrell was born in Washington. She graduated from the old M Street High School, Miner Normal School and Howard University. She earned a master's degree in education at New York University.

She taught in the public schools of Wilson, N.C., before returning to Washington in 1919 and joining the D.C. public school system. She spent most of her career at Shaw Junior High School, the old Armstrong Technical High School and McKinley Technical High School, where she retired in 1960.

She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta, the social and service sorority, the Washington Urban League and St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Her husband, C. James Cottrell, died in 1959. Survivors include a daughter, Camille Cottrell Espeut of Washington.

RONALD C. JOHNSON,

45, an electronics repairman at the North Office Machines company in Washington since 1972, died Oct. 26 at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md., as a result of injuries in an automobile accident the previous day in Middletown, Md.

An official of the Frederick County Sheriff's Department said Mr. Johnson was a passenger in an automobile that ran a stop sign at Old Frederick Road and Double Bliss Bridge Road in Middletown and was struck broadside by another vehicle. The official said the stop sign had been bent over and no charges were filed in the case.

Mr. Johnson, a resident of Middletown, was born in New York City. He served in the Navy in the 1960s and then moved to the Washington area. He worked for the Burroughs Corp. before joining the North Office Machines company.

Survivors include his parents, Donald and Georgine Johnson of Florida, and one brother, Don Johnson, and one sister, Pamela Johnson, both of New York.

JOHN SEWALL,

80, a retired official of the Agency for International Development who had been a media and communications specialist in India, Pakistan and Indonesia, died Oct. 27 at Montgomery General Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Sewall, who lived in Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from New York University. Before moving to the Washington area in 1949 he worked for Walt Disney productions in California and for the United Nations.

He worked two years for the Agriculture Department here before joining the State Department in 1951 as a Foreign Service officer assigned to foreign assistance programs. He retired in 1973.

Mr. Sewall was a member of the Kiwanis Club at Rossmoor Leisure World.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Sewall of Rossmoor Leisure World; one son, Roy Sewall of Bethesda; one daughter, Nym Sewall of Salem, Ore., and four grandchildren.

RUSSELL M. BROWN,

84, a retired government graphics designer who was active in church groups, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Oct. 31 at Montgomery General Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Brown was a native of Prince George's County and a graduate of McKinley Technical High School. He began his government career with the Farm Credit Administration and retired in 1965 from the U.S. Maritime Administration. He was a 1959 recipient of the meritorious service award.

He was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Seat Pleasant. He served as church treasurer from 1934 to 1974, and helped found its Addison Chapel Foundation.

His wife, the former Ethel B. Collins, whom he married in 1930, died in 1984. His survivors include a son, Roland R., of Washington; a daughter, Barbara B. Leighton of Bethesda; two brothers, Lester A., of Temple Hills, and Clayton H., of Washington, and two grandchildren.

GEORGE ROBERT PYLE SR.,

67, a retired senior chief petty officer in the Navy and later an electronics teacher in the Prince George's County public school system, died Oct. 30 at Prince George's General Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Pyle, who lived in Bowie, was born in Charleston, S.C. He enlisted in the Navy on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He became a cryptographer.

During World War II he served in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Later assignments were at various posts in this country and he also took part in Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica in the late 1950s. He was at Bainbridge, Md., when he retired in 1967.

A resident of the Washington area since 1968, Mr. Pyle taught electronics at Crossland High School in Camp Springs from 1968 until he retired in 1979.

He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association and he had been a volunteer with Little League athletics.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet Harper Pyle of Bowie; three children, Ivy P. Morrison of Bowie, Jacqueline P. Platz of Upper Marlboro and George R. Pyle Jr. of Mechanicsville, Md.; two sisters, Ethel P. Richardson of Charleston and Margaret Stone of Bardstown, Ky., and eight grandchildren.

DAVID FREDERICK ESMACHER,

64, a retired administrative clerk at the State Department and a member of the Knights of Columbus, died of heart ailments Oct. 29 at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base.

Mr. Esmacher, a resident of Suitland, was born in Detroit. He served in the Army in World War II and then settled in Washington. He joined State in 1946 and retired in 1979.

He was a founding member of the parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Washington and more recently had been a member of the parish of Mount Calvary Catholic Church in District Heights. He also was a member of Stallings-Williams American Legion Post No. 206 in Chesapeake Beach, Md., and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Gilroy Esmacher of Suitland; four children, David F. Esmacher Jr. of Davidsonville, Md., Diane Marie Mathieson of Glen Arm, Md., Stephen Allen Esmacher of Bowie, and Matthew George Esmacher of Suitland; a twin sister, Delores Harrison of Dearborn, Mich.; another sister, Helen Payne of Harbor Beach, Mich.; one brother, Gerald Esmacher of Detroit; and five grandchildren.

DEXTER RIVENBURGH,

89, a retired rice marketing specialist for the Department of Agriculture, died of an aneurysm of the aorta Oct. 28 at Montgomery General Hospital.

Mr. Rivenburgh, who lived in Derwood, Md., was born in Chatham, N.Y. He graduated from Cornell University. During World War I he served in the Army.

He joined the Department of Agriculture in 1921 in New York and was transferred to Washington in 1937.

After retiring from Agriculture in 1963, Mr. Rivenburgh spent 3 1/2 years in Belgium as a representative of the U.S. rice industry to the European Common Market.

He returned to this area and worked as a consultant on rice-related matters for private industries.

In retirement, Mr. Rivenburgh also did painting and photography, and he was working on a book about rice cultures around the world.

His first wife, Charlotte Rivenburgh, died in 1948. His second wife, Camille Rivenburgh, died in 1968.

Survivors include three daughters by his first marriage, Barbara Hall of Derwood, Elizabeth Mayer of Oldsmar, Fla., and Ruth Couch of Kensington; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

PERCY FORD MILLER,

85, a retired civil engineer who worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and other federal agencies, died Oct. 26 at his home in McLean. He had diabetes.

Mr. Miller was born in Presque Isle, Maine. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and earned a master's degree in education at New York State Teachers College and a master's degree in civil engineering at Cornell University.

Before moving to the Washington area in 1951, Mr. Miller was a high school teacher in New York and a member of the faculties of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Lehigh University. He began his government career here with the Department of the Army. He later worked for the Air Force and then the FAA, where he retired in 1972.

He was a member of the Cherrydale Masonic Lodge.

His wife, Minnie Burrill Miller, died in 1984.

Survivors include two sons, Harlan S. Miller of Chelmsford, Mass., and Paul B. Miller of Seattle; one brother, James Hugh Miller of Portsmouth, N.H.; one sister, Alma Wengert of Utica, N.Y.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

AVONNE ARLENE PARKER GREEN,

60, a former biology teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and a scientific illustrator in the department of biological research at the University of Maryland, died of cancer Oct. 19 at her home in Lusby, Md.

Mrs. Green was born in Ridgefield, Wash. She graduated from West Virginia University.

Before moving to the Washington area in the mid-1950s she accompanied her husband, Marvin Green, on assignments with the Air Force.

She taught at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School from the mid-1950s until the mid-1960s, then worked for another five years as a scientific illustrator at the University of Maryland.

A former resident of Silver Spring, Mrs. Green moved to Lusby about five years ago.

Survivors include her husband, of Lusby; two daughters, Edith Jane Green Maurer of Columbia and Teri Lou Green of Baltimore; her father, Garald G. Parker Sr. of Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Garald G. Parker Jr. of Puyallup, Wash.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

DOROTHY C. LeGRANDE,

92, a retired teacher of typing and shorthand at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, died of pneumonia Oct. 28 at a nursing home in Wausau, Wis.

Mrs. LeGrande was born in Dunmore, Pa., and graduated from Ottawa University in Kansas. She moved to Washington from Iowa in 1944 and taught at Sidwell until she retired in the early 1960s. She also had worked for the Daughters of the American Revolution in the mid-1940s. She moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., upon her retirement, and to Wisconsin in 1978.

Her husband, Herbert O. LeGrande, died in 1965. Survivors include one son, H. Bruce LeGrande of Mosinee, Wis.; one daughter, Mary Frances Faller of Alexandria; six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

NATHAN AMOS WHITE,

79, a mechanic with the Triangle Motors Ford dealership here for 48 years before retiring in 1973, died of cancer Oct. 30 at his home in Hyattsville.

Since retiring from Triangle, he had operated his own car-repair business at his home. Mr. White, who was born in Culpeper, Va., moved here in 1926 and had lived in Hyattsville for the past 51 years.

He was a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Hyattsville.

His wife of 53 years, Sybil Edna White, died in 1984. His survivors include a son, Charles Herbert White of Lanham; a daughter, Merle Anita Cooper of Upper Marlboro; 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. MORE OBITUARIES, B8