Raoul D. Edwards, 59, the editor of U.S. Banker, a monthly journal of the banking industry, died of a heart attack Dec. 18 at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y.

Mr. Edwards, a resident of Falls Church, was born in New York City. He graduated from New York University and attended the University of Chicago.

In 1953 he moved to the Washington area as a reporter for the American Banker, a trade journal published in New York, and later became its Washington bureau manager. In 1963, he joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. as the head of its information office.

In 1966, Mr. Edwards became director of public relations for the Bank Administration Institute, an arm of the American Bankers Association. In 1970, he established his own consulting company here.

In 1977, he was named editor of U.S. Banker. The magazine is published in Cos Cob, Conn., but Mr. Edwards lived and worked here because much of the news of interest to its readers is made in Washington.

Mr. Edwards wrote or contributed to a number of books on banking, including "The Changing World of Banking," and he spoke frequently on matters of interest to bankers.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Edwards, and two sons, Jonathan and Guthrie Edwards, all of Falls Church, and one brother, Bruce Edwards of New York City.


64, a retired elevator operator with the General Services Administration who was active in several Catholic Church organizations, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 15 at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Largo.

Mrs. Middleton was a lifelong resident of Washington and a graduate of Cardozo High School. She received a certificate in cosmetology at M.M. Washington Vocational School and worked briefly as a hairdresser during the 1950s.

She also had done spot dry cleaning at the Elite Laundry before joining GSA in the 1960s. Before her retirement in 1984, Mrs. Middleton had been an elevator operator at the Washington Navy Yard, the General Accounting Office, the FBI building and the Pentagon. She received a Semper Fidelis certificate of appreciation from the Marine Corps for her service at the Navy Yard.

Mrs. Middleton was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Washington, a former first vice president and chair of the board of trustees of the St. Augustine's Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. John, and hospitality hostess for the Mary Magdalene Auxiliary of the Shrine Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Richard Middleton, and one daughter, Loutenia Green, both of Washington.


92, a longtime resident of the Washington area who was a member of the Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church in Silver Spring, died of kidney failure and a stroke Dec. 17 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mrs. King, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Newport, Tenn. She moved to Washington in 1912 and attended the Washington School of Music.

She was a member of the Chevy Chase Women's Club.

In 1918 she married Harold S. King. He died in 1972.

A daughter, Judith K. Manning, died in 1963.

Survivors include one son, George B. King of Silver Spring; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


67, a Washington lawyer who had been in private practice since 1945, died Dec. 18 at Georgetown University Hospital of complications of vascular disease.

Mr. Mehler, who lived in McLean, was born in Sharon, Pa. He graduated from Washington and Lee University and received a law degree from Georgetown University. He moved to the Washington area in the early 1940s.

He had been an associate with several area law firms and specialized in trade association and antitrust law. He was a partner with Mehler Frantz Conlon Knapp Phelan & Barnum at the time of his death. He had lectured at the George Washington University law school.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Mr. Mehler was a jazz musician who played the saxophone and organized and led two bands, the Southern Collegians and Just Some Notes of Jazz.

He was a member of the antitrust section of the American Bar Association, Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity, and St. John's Catholic Church in McLean.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Mary Lou Mehler of McLean; two sons, Fritz and Carl Mehler, both of Arlington; one daughter, Lori Ann Mehler of Falls Church, and two sisters, Jane Shaffer of Reston, and Catherine Zachary of New York City.