Ralph Rice Boyer, 83, a retired official with the Atomic Energy Commission and a member of the Society of Friends, died Nov. 12 at his home in Sandy Spring after a heart attack.

Mr. Boyer, who also maintained a home in Salsbury Cove, Maine, was born in Elkhart, Ind. He graduated from Pomona College in California and received a master's degree in economics from Columbia University. He worked for the New York Department of Labor before moving to the Washington area in 1945.

For the next two years, he was director of the finance division of the United Nations' Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. He joined the AEC in 1947 and was chief of the contracts finance branch when he retired in 1973.

Mr. Boyer was a founder and had served on the board of the Friends House, a Quaker retirement community in Sandy Spring. He was a former clerk of the Friends Meeting of Washington and had served on the boards of the Sidwell Friends and the Sandy Spring Friends schools.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Margaret Boyer of Sandy Spring; one son, James L. Boyer of New Haven, Conn.; one daughter, M. Christine Boyer of New York City, and two grandchildren.


89, a retired consultant on defense contracts and a former official with the Economic Cooperation Administration, died Nov. 10 at Holy Cross Hospital of the complications of a hip injury and liver failure.

Mr. Kirk, who lived in Washington, was born in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard University. He served in the Army during World War I in Europe. During the 1920s and the 1930s, he worked for securities firms in Chicago and New York.

He served with the Army Air Forces during World War II. After the war he became a civilian employe of the War Department Price Adjustment Board.

In 1949 Mr. Kirk became chief of the trade relations staff of the Economic Cooperation Administration, the Marshall Plan to revive Europe's postwar economy. During 1952 and 1953, he was director of the Impasse Division of the Renegotiation Board.

He became a consultant to defense contractors in 1954 and retired from that work earlier this year.

He was a member of the Harvard Club of Washington and the English Speaking Union.

His marriages to Clara E. Hollis and Dorothy Garnett ended in divorce. He leaves no immediate survivors.


69, a retired bookkeeper and vice president of Howard Devron Orchestras, died of cancer Nov. 13 at the Camelot Hall Nursing Home in Arlington. She lived in Arlington.

Mrs. Devron was born in Washington. She graduated from Western High School and the Washington School for Secretaries. She worked for the Interior Department during the early 1940s. In 1948 she joined Howard Devron Orchestras, a business she owned with her husband, Howard Devron. She retired in 1977.

She was a member of the Ladies Golf Association of Virginia and the Washington Golf and Country Club.

In addition to her husband, of Arlington, survivors include two sons, Phillip Devron of Waxahachie, Tex., and Army Capt. Lawrence Devron of Springfield, and one granddaughter.


38, a lifelong resident of Prince George's County, died Nov. 6 of a stroke suffered during an epileptic seizure at her home in Hyattsville.

Mrs. Davis was a graduate of High Point High School.

Survivors include her husband, William R. Davis of Hyattsville.