Sven Eric Molin, 58, a professor of English literature at George Mason University since 1973, died Nov. 4 at his home in Arlington of the complications of diabetes.

Dr. Molin was born in Rochester, N.Y. He graduated from Amherst College and earned a master's degree in English from Columbia University and a doctorate in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

He was a professor at Ohio University and at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia before moving to the Washington area about 14 years ago.

Dr. Molin was a member of the American Society of 18th Century Studies and had represented George Mason University on the executive committee of the Folger Institute.

His marriages to Ann Molin and Barbara Molin ended in divorce.

Survivors include four sons by his first marriage, Karl Teo Molin II of New York City, Army Lt. Peter Castle Molin of Fort Benning, Ga., and John Bickford Molin and Franklin Bache Molin, both of Arlington; one son by his second marriage, Jason Eric Molin of Washington; two half-brothers, John McCauley of Wilmington, Del., and Edward McCauley of Rochester, and one grandchild.

DR. JOSEPH J. DOBKIN,

81, a retired Air Force colonel and flight surgeon who later became assistant public health director for Fairfax County, died of cancer Nov. 5 at a nursing home in Pinellas Park, Fla.

Dr. Dobkin was born in Washington and graduated from the old Central High School. He graduated from George Washington University, where he also earned a degree in medicine. He had a private practice in obstetrics during the 1930s.

He joined the Army Medical Corps in 1939 and served in the Pacific during World War II. After a brief period as a civilian, he returned to active duty with the Air Force and served in the Korean War. He later was commanding medical officer at Hickman Air Force Base in Hawaii and at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona.

Dr. Dobkin retired from the Air Force in 1966 and became the assistant health director for Fairfax County. He later worked briefly as a staff physician with the American Red Cross. He moved to Florida in 1979.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Dobkin of Pinellas Park.

SISTER MARGARET JULIE DOWNEY,

84, a Washington native and former parochial school teacher who founded the Practical Family Living Center in Cincinnati, died of salmonella infection Oct. 30 at a hospital in Cincinnati.

Sister Downey graduated from Washington's Notre Dame Academy and the University of Dayton in Ohio. She moved to Cincinnati in 1922 and entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame at the Summit Convent.

She began her teaching career in 1925 and had served in parochial schools in Ohio, Illinois and Arizona. In 1966, she founded the Practical Family Living Center in Cincinnati, where she provided aid for the poor. She retired in 1978.

Survivors include a sister, Gertrude F. Downey of Washington.

SYLVIA ROSENBERG,

91, a Bethesda resident who had lived in this area since 1981, died Nov. 1 at the Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda. She had cardiovascular disease.

Mrs. Rosenberg was a native of Syracuse, N.Y. She lived there and in Florida before moving here.

Her husband, Dr. Philip Rosenberg, died in 1982. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Barban of Bethesda, and two grandchildren.

MICKEY SEWARD BAUMAN,

50, a Washington native and a former statistician with the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, died of pancreatitis Nov. 4 at a hospital in Simi Valley, Calif. She lived in Simi Valley.

Mrs. Bauman, who moved from Washington to California in 1973, graduated from the Mount Vernon Seminary in Alexandria and attended the University of Maryland. During the 1960s, she worked for the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Her marriage to Nicholas Horrock ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Bauman of Simi Valley, and two sons by her first marriage, Christopher Horrock of Ventura, Calif., and Timothy Horrock of Santa Cruz, Calif.

JOAN LEWIS RUNKLE,

47, a former resident of the Washington area and Annapolis who had lived in Baltimore since 1982, died of cancer Nov. 6 at her home.

Mrs. Runkle was a native of Greenville, S.C., and a graduate of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. She lived in the Washington area from 1961 to 1970, and in Annapolis in the late 1970s.

She had taught at the Indian Creek Elementary School in Crownsville, Md., from 1977 to 1979. She also had been active in the real estate business since the 1970s, and was affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realtors in Baltimore at the time of her death.

She had been a member of Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Colesville.

Her first marriage, to Richard M. Thompson, ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Robert S. Runkle of Baltimore; two children by her first marriage, J. Merrills Thompson of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Lori Anne Caplan of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Beth Mackey of England, and Brynn A. Runkle of Atlanta, and her mother, Helen J. Lewis of Baltimore.