Douglas LeRoy Edwards, 76, a retired general counsel with the State Department, died of heart disease Nov. 19 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Edwards was born in Muskegon, Mich. He graduated from the University of Michigan, where he also earned a law degree. During World War II, he served in the Army Judge Advocate Corps.

He moved to the Washington area about 1946 and joined the legal staff of the State Department. He had assignments in India, Burma and Great Britain during the 1950s and the 1960s. He was reassigned to Washington about 1972 and retired in 1974.

Mr. Edwards was a past chairman of the Cherry Blossom Festival. He was a member of the Lawyers Club and the Cosmos Club.

Survivors include his wife, Berniece Edwards of Washington, and one brother, William H. Edwards of Beverly Hills, Calif.


73, a retired Air Force colonel and a former engineer and consultant with Furman Builders in Rockville, died of cancer Nov. 16 at his home in Naples, Fla.

Col. Fletcher was born in Washington and graduated from McKinley Technical High School. He graduated from the University of Maryland. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps in Europe.

After the war he had a brief period of civilian life before joining the Air Force after it was formed in 1947. He had assignments in Germany and Turkey before he was assigned to Air Force Headquarters Command in Washington as an engineer. He retired in 1967.

Col. Fletcher worked for McShane Builders in Washington for two years before joining Furman in 1968. He retired for the second time in 1975. He moved to Naples in 1985.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Columbia Country Club.

His first wife, June Fletcher, died in 1982.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Adkins Shea Fletcher of Naples; one stepson, Robert Barnsley Simpson of Laurel; two sons by his first marriage, Edward James Fletcher Jr. of Littleton, Colo., and John Alexander Fletcher of Bethesda; one brother, William Fletcher of Bethesda; two sisters, Henrietta Wilma Blackistone of Atlanta and Frances Acord Maxeyof Gwynn, Va., and three grandchildren.