In an obituary yesterday about Sadie K. Cooper, her age was incorrect as was the name of one of her surviving daughters. Mrs. Cooper was 89 and the daughter is Lillie Speed of Washington. (Published 1/6/88)

Fletcher F. Acord, 56, who as the associate postmaster general of the United States was the third highest-ranking official in the U.S. Postal Service, died Jan. 3 at Fair Oaks Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Vienna.

Mr. Acord was a 35-year veteran of the Postal Service and was appointed to his last position when it was created in March 1986. He began his career in 1952 as a clerk in southern California. In 1960, he came to Washington as an assistant division inspector in the Postal Inspection Service.

He then served as inspector in charge of the Newark division before returning here in 1964 as assistant chief inspector in the Office of Criminal Investigations at postal headquarters.

From 1980 to 1986, he was a district manager with the Postal Service's western slopes division in Salt Lake City and regional postmaster general for the central region in Chicago.

In May 1984, Mr. Acord was one of six postal executives nationwide to receive the Postmaster General's Award for professional excellence.

He had long been active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a bishop and stake president in Arizona, a stake president in New Jersey, and a high priest group leader with the Oakton stake at the time of his death.

Mr. Acord was a native of Provo, Utah. He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles. He also took advanced management courses at the University of Virginia and Harvard University. He was an Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, the former Flora Lee Maxfield, three daughters, Edith Kathleen, Anna Lee and Carol Lynn Acord, and one son, James, all of Vienna; his mother, Anna Acord of Spanish Fork, Utah; one brother, Richard Acord of Roosevelt, Utah, and two sisters, Donna McKenzie of Spanish Fork and Floyene Williams of Englewood, Calif.


55, a former Washington lawyer and high Pentagon official who was general counsel and group executive for government affairs with the American Institute of Architects, died of cancer Jan. 3 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Siena was deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO affairs during the Carter administration. In the Johnson administration, he was a counsel with the Office of Economic Opportunity and then a deputy under secretary of the Army for international affairs.

Mr. Siena had been affiliated with the AIA since 1984. From 1981 to 1984, he was a partner in the Washington law firm of Davis Simpich & Siena. From 1969 to 1977, he was the general counsel of Stanford University.

He was a member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors and had served on the board of the National Music Arts. He was the editor of the 1982 book "Antitrust and Local Government."

Mr. Siena was a 1955 graduate of what is now Case Western Reserve University in his native Cleveland. He was in the Marine Corps from 1955 to 1958. He earned a law degree at Stanford, where he also was president of the Stanford Law Review.

He came to Washington in the early 1960s and was an associate with the Washington law firm of Covington & Burling before joining OEO in 1964.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Slate Siena of Washington; one son, James H. Siena of New York City; two daughters, Katherine J.S. Hubley of Silver Spring and Margaret J. Siena of New York City; one sister, and two grandchildren.


71, a retired pharmaceutical consultant, died of heart and lung ailments Jan. 2 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Snyder, who lived in Kensington, was born in Norwich, N.Y. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in electrical engineering.

Before moving to the Washington area 30 years ago, Mr. Snyder worked for the Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Baltimore.

In this area he was a partner in the Washington-based pharmaceutical consulting firm of Snyder & Snyder until he retired two years ago.

He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Kensington, the University Club and the Masons. He was a hunter and fisherman, a former president of the Ocean City Light Tackle Fishing Club and a member of the Izaak Walton League and the International Game Fishing Association.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Cooper Snyder of Kensington; one daughter, Barbara Blades Brown of Jarrettsville, Md., and three grandchildren.


76, a resident of Washington since 1952 who had been a volunteer fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society and the National Symphony Orchestra, died of cancer Jan. 2 at the Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vt.

Mrs. McGrath was born in Evansville, Ind. As a young woman she was a dancer who appeared in vaudeville and in supper clubs in Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest.

In Washington, she was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She was a charter member of the Friends of the Land, an environmental organization. She also was a gardener.

Her husband, George E. McGrath Sr., died in 1983.

Survivors include two sons, George E. McGrath Jr. of Silver Spring and Kyran M. McGrath of Killington, Vt.; three brothers, Victor Colton of Carmel Valley, Calif., Arthur (Bud) Colton of San Francisco and William Colton of Sumner, Wash.; two sisters, Carol Wiley of Santa Barbara, Calif., and June Hayes of Clearfield, Utah, and six grandchildren.


84, a resident of Washington since 1924 and a member of the Israel Baptist Church, died of heart ailments Jan. 4 at Providence Hospital.

Mrs. Cooper was born in Salters, S.C. At her church here she had been mother of the year and a member of the choir, the Missionary Circle and the Flower Club.

Her husband, Robert A. Cooper Sr., died in 1962.

Survivors include seven daughters, Gwendolyn Colston, Dolores Craig, Lillie Steed and Constance Hoffman, all of Washington, Sonovia Gallup of Philadelphia, Grace Lamothe of Marshall, Tex., and Peggy Wills of Mitchellville, Md.; two sons, William Cooper and Robert A. Cooper Jr., both of Washington; 27 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.