Frances Margaret James, 84, who retired in 1977 as chief statistician of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, where she went to work when it was established in 1946, died Nov. 9 at her home in Washington. She had a heart ailment.

Miss James was a native of Laurinburg, N.C., She was a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va., and earned a master's degree in mathematics at the University of North Carolina.

After moving to the Washington area in 1934, she joined the Bureau of the Budget. She remained there until joining the CEC. Among her responsibilities was the statistical appendix of the council's annual report and the statistical accuracy of presidential messages.

Miss James was a 1968 recipient of the government's Federal Woman's Award. She was a member of the National Baptist Church in Washington.

Survivors include one brother, Thomas J. James of Greenville, S.C., and three sisters, Mabel James Woods of Roxboro, N.C., and Dr. Elizabeth Dotterer and Hazel James O'Brien, both of Sanford, N.C.

JOSEPH BRICE CRAWFORD,

79, a retired Army brigadier general who was a highly decorated veteran of World War II and an assistant division commander in the Korean War, died of renal failure Nov. 8 at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He lived in Washington.

During World War II, he served in North Africa and participated in the invasion of Sicily. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross, the Army's second highest decoration for valor, for his conduct as a battalion commander in the 1st (Big Red One) Infantry Division.

He also served in the 36th and 3rd Infantry Divisions and rose to command a regiment of the 88th Infantry Division. He ended the war on the War Department general staff.

In Korea, Gen. Crawford was assistant commander of the 24th and 25th Infantry divisions. In 1960, he was military attache at the U.S. Embassy in London when he had a stroke. He retired for reasons of health and had lived in the Washington area since then.

In addition to the Distinguished Service Cross, his decorations included three Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts. He was awarded the Legion of Merit five times.

Gen. Crawford was born in Texas and grew up in Humboldt, Kan. He attended the University of Kansas and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1933. He was commissioned in the infantry.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marjorie Osborn, of Washington; one daughter, Anne C. Bell of Denver; two brothers, Weldon L. Crawford of San Antonio, and John D. Crawford of Humboldt; one sister, Grace L. Cox of Huntsville, Tex., and one grandson.

WILLIAM ANDERSON SUTHERLAND,

91, a senior partner in the Atlanta and Washington law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan who had been active in professional groups, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 7 at his home in Washington. He also maintained a home in Atlanta.

A practicing attorney since 1920, he helped found what became Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in 1924.

A native of Newnan, Ga., Mr. Sutherland had maintained a home in Washington since the mid-1940s. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned a master's degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1917, he spent two years as clerk to Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis Brandeis. He then spent a year on the legal staff of the Federal Trade Commission. He served as solicitor general of the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1934.

Mr. Sutherland had served on the American Bar Association's Council on Taxation and in the ABA House of Delegates and he was a past president of the board of directors of the ABA endowment. He was the recipient of a 1976 outstanding professional service award for 50 years' service from the fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

His wife, the former Sarah Hall, died in 1984. Survivors include three daughters, Mary Sutherland Strong of Summit, N.J., Margaret Sutherland Coleman of Dallas, and Sarah Sutherland Stoner of Pennsylvania, and two sisters, Sara Sutherland Tuttle of Atlanta and Jennie S. Asbill of Washington.

DR. FREDERICK W. CLAYTON,

68, a retired Public Health Service official who was chief of toxicology information services at the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, died of cancer Nov. 8 at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Dr. Clayton served at the National Library from 1971 until he retired from the Public Health Service in 1974. In retirement he had worked as a staff officer at the National Academy of Sciences, as a special assistant at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and as an epidemiologist-toxicologist at the Agriculture Department's Food Inspection Service until he retired a second time in 1984.

A resident of Gaithersburg, he was born in St. Cloud, Minn. He graduated from Ohio State University and its school of veterinary medicine.

He was a large-animal veterinarian in Ohio from 1944 to 1950, then served 12 years in the Air Force veterinary corps at the Pentagon, New Orleans, Hawaii and the state of Washington. He earned a master's degree in public health at Tulane University.

In 1962 Dr. Clayton transferred to the Public Health Service. He was assigned in Columbia, Mo., as assistant director of a computer storage facility for medical information and an assistant professor at the University of Missouri before he moved to this area in 1971.

In 1984 Dr. Clayton received the American Veterinary Association's Public Service Award. He was a fellow of the American College of Veterinary Toxicology.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Clayton of Gaithersburg; three daughters, Cynthia Brancato of Gaithersburg, Lynn Hackett of Everett, Wash., and Deborah Clayton of Philadelphia; two brothers, Dwight Clayton of Las Vegas and Earl Clayton of Cincinnati; a sister, Jean Parrett of Indianapolis, and six grandchildren.