Donald L.E. Ritger, 67, a retired deputy general counsel with the Treasury Department and a former Navy lieutenant commander, died Dec. 26 at the home of his stepson in Edgewater, Md., after a heart attack. He had lived in Hilton Head, S.C., since 1984 and was stricken during a visit to Maryland.

Mr. Ritger was born in Orange, N.J. He graduated from Georgetown University, where he also earned a law degree. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific and attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

In 1949 he joined the legal staff of what became the U.S. Customs Service in the Treasury Department. He became chief counsel of Customs in 1964. From 1973 until he retired in 1975, he was deputy general counsel of the Treasury Department.

For the next eight years, he was a partner with the Washington law firm of Tanaka Walders & Ritger, where he specialized in import-export law. He was of counsel with the firm at the time of his death.

Mr. Ritger had received the Treasury Department's Distinguished Service Award.

He was a member of Brooke Manor Country Club in Olney and the Tantallon Country Club in Fort Washington.

His marriage to Susan B. Ritger ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Antoinetta G. Ritger of Hilton Head; three children by his first marriage, Lee Ritger of Silver Spring, Wendy Ritger of Blue Hill, Maine, and Thomas Ritger of Montvale, N.J.; one son by his second marriage, Edward N. Ritger of Hilton Head; two stepchildren, Suzanne McLennon of Mill Valley, Calif., and Michael Kirby of Edgewater, and five grandchildren.


73, a former teacher in the D.C. public school system who in the early 1980s owned Gwen's Doll Clinic, a business in which she did repairs and research on antique dolls, died Dec. 25 at her home in Clarksville, Md. She had diabetes.

Mrs. Irving was born in Hickory, N.C., and raised in Washington. She graduated from the old Wilson Teachers College and was a graduate student at George Washington University.

She taught in the D.C. school system from 1934 to 1942. She ran Gwen's Doll Clinic from her home from about 1980 to about 1985.

Mrs. Irving was a member of the Howard County branch of the Montgomery County General Hospital Auxiliary, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Women's Club and the Johns Hopkins University Women's Club of Baltimore.

Survivors include her husband, Irvine B. Irving of Clarksville; two daughters, Judith Hulburt of Wilmington, Del., and Jeanne Burdette of Charleston, W.Va., and six grandchildren.


71, a retired teacher at the Beauvoir School in Washington who served in the Navy Waves in World War II, died of cancer Dec. 24 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Smith, a resident of Washington, was born in New Rochelle, N.Y. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., and she earned a master's degree in education at George Washington University.

She moved to Washington after her Navy service in World War II. She worked at the Pentagon before joining the faculty at Beauvoir. She retired in the 1960s.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Washington Humane Society and a volunteer for the Republican Party.

Her marriage to William Smith ended in divorce.

She leaves no immediate survivors.


77, a retired supervisor with the old Post Office Department, died of cancer Dec. 23 at the Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Flood, a native of Delhi, La., had lived in Washington since 1931. He graduated from the old Miner Teachers College. During World War II he served in the Army. He joined the Post Office Department after the war and retired in 1972.

He was a member of the NAACP, the Arboretum Neighborhood Council and the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church.

His wife, the former Rubena M. Davis, died in 1965.

Survivors include one sister, Naomi J. Rushing of Washington.


82, a retired colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the Army who later was an assistant general counsel for the Department of the Army, died of cancer Dec. 26 at his home in Alexandria.

Col. Myers was commissioned in the Army Reserves in 1931. He was called to active duty in World War II and served in Washington. After the war he returned to civilian life and went to Germany to work on war crime trials.

In 1949 he went back on active duty in the Army and was an attorney in the Pentagon until he retired in 1965. He then became an assistant general counsel for the Department of the Army for installations and logistics, the field in which he had specialized while on active duty.

Col. Myers was born in Booneville, N.Y. He graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. He received a law degree at Catholic University, a degree in political science at Michigan State University, a law degree at Georgetown University and another law degree at Harvard University.

Before World War II he taught law at the University of San Francisco. He had lived in the Washington area since 1949.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Elizabeth Myers of Alexandria; three daughters, Regina Elizabeth Kotzmoyer of Alexandria, Anne D. Cheshire of Nashua, N.H., and Martha Frances Myers of Edgewood, Md.; one son, Sherry B. Myers Jr. of Charlotte, N.C., and seven grandchildren.


56, an official of Sears, Roebuck & Co., where he marketed solar heating equipment, and a former owner of social and travel clubs, died of cancer Dec. 26 at his home in Arlington.

Mr. Nicastri was born in Washington and graduated from Gonzaga College High School. After graduating from Fordham University, he served in the Marine Corps in the mid-1950s. He then began a career in public relations and marketing.

About 1965, he started the Club Internationale, a social and travel club. From 1970 to 1980, he operated the Inner Circle Recreation Association, another social and travel club. He later worked for the Quantrex company, suppliers of luminescent products. He joined Sears in 1986.

Mr. Nicastri was a member of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Bethesda and St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria.

He leaves no immediate survivors.