SIR JOHN COLVILLE,

72, who was a principal private secretary to Sir Winston Churchill and two other British prime ministers, died Nov. 19 at his home in

Broughton, England. The cause of death was not reported.

Sir John became assistant private secretary to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in 1939. He worked for Churchill before and after flying 40 combat operations as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot in World War II.

He also served Clement Attlee, the Labor Party leader who defeated Churchill's government in July 1945. From 1947 to 1949, he was secretary to Princess Elizabeth before she became queen. Sir John later became a merchant banker and wrote book reviews, newspaper obituaries and nine historical books.

NEAL ESKRIDGE,

62, a longtime Baltimore sportswriter and radio commentator who spent most of his 40-year career as a sportswriter at the old Baltimore News-American and as an announcer for WCBM radio, and who also had been an official scorer for Baltimore Orioles home baseball games, died of a brain tumor Nov. 21 at his home in Lutherville, Md.

He began his career as a copy boy at the News-American in 1946. Becoming a reporter, he covered the Orioles at their first major league training camp in 1954 in Yuma, Ariz., and he specialized in baseball until he retired in 1986. He was a commentator with WCBM radio from 1966 to 1986. During the early 1960s, he was a publicist for several race tracks, including Pimlico, Laurel, Hialeah and Monmouth Park.

PEARL I. BOWEN,

88, the mother of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Otis R. Bowen, died Nov. 20 at a nursing home in Plymouth, Ind., where she had been a patient for three years. The cause of death was not reported.

Mrs. Bowen was a native of Fulton County, Ind., and spent most of her life there and in Lake County, Ind. She was married in 1915, to Vernie Bowen, with whom she had five children. He died July 13, 1983.