JAMES T. McSHANE,

64, a former FBI agent who assisted investigations of key figures in the Carter and Reagan administrations, died Nov. 27 at hospital in New Haven, Conn. The cause of death was not reported.

In 1980, he worked with the special prosecutor investigating suspected drug use by Hamilton Jordan, a top aide to President Jimmy Carter. Jordan was cleared on grounds of insufficient evidence. Two years later, Mr. McShane aided the special prosecutor in a racketeering probe of former Labor secretary Raymond Donovan, who also was exonerated.

Mr. McShane joined the FBI in 1950, and became a group supervisor in its organized-crime unit in New Haven in 1974. He retired from the Bureau in 1977. Since 1980, he had been a security representative with the National Football League.

LAURENT REBBOAH,

24, a former drummer with the California rock band Nostradamus who was cited in the Guinness Book of World Records for continuous drumming, died of cancer Nov. 25 in San Jose.

On Sept. 22, 1983, playing at the Aloha Roller Palace in San Jose, he pounded the drums for 1,009 hours, six minutes and 22 seconds over 42 days. He wore through 11 cymbals, one drum head and dozens of sticks.