RICHARD B. KIRKPATRICK,

75, a staff assistant to the criminal division of the Justice Department since 1970 who also had been a journalist and staff worker on Capitol Hill, died of cancer Dec. 21 at the National Institutes of Health. He lived in Chevy Chase.

Mr. Kirkpatrick, who moved here in 1962, was born in Indiana. He served with the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. He earned a law degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1952.

From 1934 to 1968, he worked for the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper, rising from copy aide to member of the Washington bureau. From 1968 to 1970, he was a consultant to NASA, then worked on Capitol Hill. He had been a staff aide to former Sen. Paul Fannin (R-Ariz.) and an assistant to the minority counsel of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Mr. Kirkpatrick had been a member of the American Bar Association, the National Counterintelligence Corps Association, the National Press Club, and Sigma Delta Chi, the national journalism organization.

Survivors include his wife, Kay, of Chevy Chase; two sons, Thomas, of Gaithersburg, and Kip, of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Vicki Porter of Bethesda, and Kimberly Kirkpatrick of Chevy Chase; a sister, Myrtle Pennak of Cincinnati; four brothers, George, of Arizona, John, of Cincinnati, and Edward and Louis, both of Dillsboro, Ind., and a grandchild.

DR. CHARLES V. PATE,

80, a Washington physician for nearly 35 years before retiring in 1980, died Dec. 24 at a hospital in Baltimore after a heart attack. He had lived in Baltimore since 1980.

Dr. Pate, who maintained a practice in family medicine, had been affiliated with several Washington area hospitals over the years, including Providence Hospital.

He had been a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, Optimists International, the American Medical Society, the American Academy of Family Practice, the D.C. Medical Society, and Phi Chi, the professional medical organization.

Dr. Pate was a native of South Carolina and was an Army physician during World War II. He was a 1929 graduate of The Citadel in South Carolina, received a master's degree from the University of Georgia, and his medical doctorate at the Medical College of Georgia in 1943. He served his internship and residency at St. Elzabeths Hospital. Before entering medical school, he had been a high school science teacher and principal in Georgia.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Doyle Pate, and a daughter, Dr. Penelope Pate Scott, both of Baltimore; a brother, D.H. Pate of Charleston, S.C., and three grandchildren.

VAN WITT CHARLES BLICK,

47, an area professional musician and composer who was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington, died Dec. 23 at a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, where he was being treated for cancer. He lived in Washington.

He had played the piano and sang tenor at private parties, and area clubs and hotels. He was composer of a 1970s operetta concerning the role of Maryland in American history.

Mr. Blick was born in Camden, N.J., and grew up in Washington. He was a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and received a master's degree in musical composition from the University of Idaho. He taught in the Baltimore public schools from 1966 to 1975. He also helped organize and direct a choir of Baltimore city jail inmates at that time. He returned to Washington about five years ago.

Survivors include his parents, retired Navy Rear Adm. Charles A. and Carmelitta Blick, both of Washington, and a brother, Timothy A., of Melbourne.

JAMES W. PURCE SR.,

57, an area resident since the late 1940s who had worked for the D.C. Recreation Department since 1961, died Dec. 24 at his home in Washington after a heart attack.

Mr. Purce, who was an administrator with the Recreation Department, had served as an area program director. Mr. Purce was a native of Port Royal, Va. He attended Howard University and served in the Army from 1958 to 1961.

He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church and the Seafarers Boat Club, both of Washington.

His marriage to the former Maryann Blanton ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, James Jr., of Silver Spring; a daughter, Malinda Purce of Washington; three sisters, Daisy P. Byrd of Port Royal, and Esther P. Dorsey and Mabel P. Smith, both of Washington, and three brothers, John W., of Pocatello, Idaho, and Floyd H., and Lawson A., both of Washington.

ANNETTE BERAULT DE ST. MAURICE,

91, a retired head of the French department at the Madeira School where she had taught for 46 years before retiring in 1968, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 24 at her home in Washington.

She had been a member of the French parish of St. Louis Catholic Church in Washington. She had done volunteer work at the Washington Home.

Miss de St. Maurice, who was native of Paris, came to the United States in 1918 and to Washington in 1922. She was a graduate of the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey.

Survivors include a sister, Marie de St. Maurice of Washington.