Gerald Davis O'Brien, 78, a retired patent lawyer who had served as assistant commissioner of patents during the late 1960s, died of pneumonia Jan. 26 at the National Hospital for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

Mr. O'Brien, who lived in Arlington, was born in Highmore, S.D. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and received degrees in electrical engineering from George Washington University and in law from what is now American University law school. He received a master's degree in patent law at what is now George Washington University law school.

He began his government career in 1936 as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent Office. Later he worked as a patent lawyer in the office of the Navy's Judge Advocate General. During World War II, he served on active duty in the Navy, and he remained in the Navy Reserve after the war until 1970 when he retired as a captain.

In 1946 Mr. O'Brien became a patent counsel for the Navy Department's Bureau of Ordnance, and he remained there until the early 1960s, when he became assistant general counsel for patents at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

He was named assistant commissioner of patents in the mid-1960s and served until 1969 when he retired from government service. In retirement, Mr. O'Brien had worked briefly as associate chief patent counsel for the Bendix Corp.

He received NASA's Exceptional Service Award in 1965.

His marriage to the former Helen Smeltzer ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Anne Hart Kennedy O'Brien of Arlington; one daughter by his first marriage, Helen Patricia Nolton of Arlington; one stepson, Kirk F. Kennedy of Charleston, S.C.; one sister, Muriel Haufe of Bradenton, Fla., and three granddaughters.

I. ELLIOTT LEVINSON,

88, a former partner in the Levinson Clothing Co. of Alexandria, died of a heart ailment Jan. 25 at the home of his nurse in Falls Church.

Mr. Levinson was born in Greenport, N.Y., and moved to Washington in 1917. He attended George Washington University. With his brother, Morris Levinson, he was a partner in Levinson Clothing from 1922 until he retired in 1980.

His wife of 45 years, Helen Stein Levinson, died in 1969, and a son, Allen M. Levinson, died in 1982.

Survivors include one daughter, Rene J. Laurents of Los Angeles; his brother, of Washington; and two grandchildren.

ELSIE M. CULLEN,

90, a retired clerk and telephone operator who had worked for several Washington area businesses, died of cancer Jan. 24 at Doctors' Hospital of Prince George's County.

Mrs. Cullen, who lived in Bowie, was born in Washington and attended the old Business High School.

She was a telephone operator with the C&P Telephone Co. during the 1920s, then was an assistant buyer at Garfinckel's during the 1930s. Later she was a clerk in the circulation department of The Washington Post. Before retiring in 1962, she was a clerk at the Q&S Laundry in Bladensburg.

Her husband, Aloysius F. Cullen, died in 1954.

Survivors include one son, Thomas R. Cullen of Bowie; one sister, Hazel Piklerton of East Riverdale, Md.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

AUGUST R. TERNEAK,

80, a former employee of the National Bank of Washington, died Jan. 22 at a hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla., after a heart attack.

Mr. Terneak was born in Washington and attended McKinley Tech High School. During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard.

He had worked more than 30 years for the National Bank of Washington when he retired in 1972, and he had been assigned as manager of several branches.

Mr. Terneak, a former resident of Alexandria, moved to Boynton Beach a year after he retired. He was a member of the Potomac River Power Squadron

Survivors include his wife, Mary K. Terneak of Boynton Beach; one stepson, Edward J. Beach, and two sisters, Helene Marginot and Margaret Goodhart, all of Florida; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

THEODORE HENRY FRETER,

80, a retired civilian attorney with the Department of the Navy and an amateur actor, died of heart ailments and Parkinson's disease Jan. 14 at a hospital in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Mr. Freter was born in Chicago and received a law degree from what then was the Chicago Law School.

He moved to the Washington area in the early 1930s and he spent his professional career with the Department of the Navy. During World War II, he served in the Navy. At his retirement from the Civil Service in 1969 he was contract negotiator for the officer in charge of the Naval Purchasing Office.

As an amateur actor he appeared in more than 100 Shakespearean plays at the Sylvan Theatre on the Washington Monument Grounds.

Mr. Freter was the founding president of the Springbrook High School Parent-Teachers Association in Silver Spring, a former post commander of the American Legion, and a member of the Washington Numismatic Association.

A former resident of Silver Spring, he moved to Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, on his retirement from the government and he had acted in several amateur theatre productions there. About four years ago he moved to Palm Coast, Fla.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth Crawford Stout Freter of Palm Coast; three daughters, Karna Freter Grad of Palm Coast, Lynn Freter Smith of St. Davids, Pa., and Lisa Freter Dawkins of Denver; one sister, Alice Belding of Los Angeles, and two grandchildren.

MITTIE O. COLBERT,

73, a retired examiner at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in the Treasury Department, died Jan. 25 at the Washington Hospital Center, where she had undergone heart surgery.

Mrs. Colbert, a resident of Landover, was born in Oxford, N.C. She moved to the Washington area in 1934. She began her career with the federal government in 1942 with the General Accounting Office and transferred to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1950. She retired in 1969.

She was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Washington.

Survivors include her husband, James M. Colbert of Landover.

LEONA B. TALL,

81, a former vice president of a family business that manufactured equipment for editing magnetic recording tape, died of heart ailments Jan. 24 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. Tall was born in Boston and lived in New York before moving here in 1974. In the mid-1950s, she helped her husband, Joel Tall, organize the Tall Co., makers of equipment used to edit recordings. She was a vice president of the company for about 10 years.

Mr. Tall died in 1986.

Mrs. Tall's survivors include one daughter, Benita J. Kaplan of Gaithersburg, and one sister, Sarah B. Commons of Clearwater, Fla.

SANDRA JEAN STALLSMITH McQUAIN,

52, who spent nearly 30 years with the National Bureau of Standards before retiring in 1986 as a buyer in its procurement division, died of cancer Jan. 25 at her home in Ocala, Fla.

Mrs. McQuain, who was born in Kensington, lived in Frederick for about seven years before moving to Florida in 1986. She was a graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and attended Montgomery College.

Survivors include her husband, George C. McQuain of Ocala; her father, W. Paul Stallsmith of Wheaton, and two brothers, William P. Stallsmith Jr. of Virginia Beach and Jeffry B. Stallsmith of Kensington.

BARBARA VESPOLI LYONS,

36, an energy analyst with Pepco, died of cancer Jan. 25 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mrs. Lyons, who lived in Springfield, was born in New Haven, Conn. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University.

She moved to the Washington area in 1978 and worked as an interviewer in the Senate placement office before she joined Pepco in 1980.

Survivors include her husband, Robert D. Lyons of Springfield; her father, Louis Vespoli of Kauai, Hawaii; two brothers, Charles Vespoli of Kauai and Michael Vespoli of Guilford, Conn., and her twin sister, Rosemary Browne of Hamden, Conn.

WILLIAM NORMAN BURNETT,

83, a retired D.C. government truck driver who was a deacon at the Greater First Baptist Church in Washington for more than 50 years, died Jan. 22 at Providence Hospital. He had cancer.

He had worked for the D.C. Highway Department for 43 years before retiring in 1967. Mr. Burnett was a native of Washington and attended Armstrong High School.

His first wife, Thelma M. Burnett, died in 1978.

Survivors include his wife, Ada T. Burnett, and six children by his first marriage, Constance Gilliam, Thelma El-Amin, and William A., Alfred, John, and Awilda Burnett, all of Washington; 22 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

ELLA L. STEPHENSON,

81, who from 1970 to 1985 headed the Washington office of I Am Activity of St. Germain, a religious organization, died of renal failure Jan. 24 at the Prince George's Hospital Center. She lived in Fairmount Heights, Md.

Mrs. Stephenson was born in Orangeburg, S.C., and grew up in Washington. She worked briefly for the War Department in the 1940s, then did family-care work for many years before joining the I Am Activity office.

Her husband of 65 years, William W. Stephenson, died in October 1987. Survivors include one son, Lawrence D., of Fairmount Heights; four daughters, Frances L. Smith of Detroit, Maxine C. Upshur of Fairmount Heights, Barbara S. Harvey-Davis of Washington, and Edith Frazier of Landover Hills; one sister, Hattie Wheeler of Detroit; 26 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

ROSE KALICHSTEIN,

95, a past president of the Washington chapter of Hadassah and a resident of this area for 41 years, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 25 at a nursing home in San Jose. She lived in San Jose.

Mrs. Kalichstein was a volunteer fund-raiser here for the Community Chest, the Police Boys Clubs and for organizations working with tuberculosis treatment. She also helped open a USO canteen here. She had been a member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and had worked in integration programs with them.

Mrs. Kalichstein was a native of New York City. She had attended a business college in New York before moving here in 1927. She had lived in California since 1968.

Her husband, Louis Kalichstein, died in 1981. Survivors include two daughters, Rita Pearl of San Jose and Emily Evershed of Washington, and three grandchildren.

CHARLES G. WILLIAMSON,

61, a retired State Department Foreign Service officer and a specialist in African political affairs, died of cancer Jan. 24 at a hospital in Williamsburg.

Mr. Williamson was born in Norwalk, Conn. He served in the Army from 1945 to 1946. In the late 1940s, he attended the University of Chicago.

He moved to the Washington area in 1951 and went to work for the State Department. He had assignments at U.S. embassies in Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Nigeria, Ghana and Nigeria. He moved to Williamsburg shortly before retiring in 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Williamson of Williamsburg; two daughters, Suzanne Pollak of Hilton Head, S.C., and Cynthia Carter of New York City; one son, Todd Williamson of Honolulu; his mother, Charlotte Williamson, and one brother, Craig Williamson, both of Bethesda, and six grandchildren.

JOSEPH W. CARPENTER,

71, a retired administrative assistant in the mail equipment shop of the U.S. Postal Service in the Washington area, died Jan. 24 at the Monroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Carpenter, a resident of Ocala, was born in Unionville, Va. He moved to the Washington area about 1934 and he graduated from the Strayer Business College. He began his career with what is now the Postal Service about 1940 and he retired in 1980.

During World War II he served in the Coast Guard in the Pacific. He later was in the Navy Reserve and he was called to active duty in Washington during the Korean war.

Mr. Carpenter lived in Vienna until moving to Florida in 1980.

Survivors include his wife, Caroline Carpenter of Ocala; two children, Joseph W. Carpenter Jr. of Ocala and Sharon McGee of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one sister, Virginia Darr of Arlington, and two grandchildren.

LOUISE ALBERTA BENTON,

81, a retired supervisor with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. who became a volunteer teacher, died of cancer Jan. 18 at her home in Manassas.

She spent 30 years with C&P before retiring in the mid-1950s. She moved to Manassas in 1959, where she was a volunteer typing teacher at the Partridge School for mentally retarded children. From about 1969 to 1987, she was a volunteer tutor at the Prince William County juvenile detention center. She also had reared foster children.

Miss Benton was a 1987 recipient of a Most Outstanding Volunteer award from the Prince William County government. She was a member of the Woodbine Baptist Church in Manassas.

Miss Benton was a native of Washington.

Survivors include two adopted daughters, Ellen Leigh Dyson of Nanjemoy, Md., and Charlotte M. Kittredge of Pensacola, Fla.; one brother, Lee Lemmon Benton of Vienna; 11 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

GERTRUDE VAN RENSSELAER DANA PARLIER,

88, a former French teacher and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 24 at the Carroll Manor Nursing Home in Hyattsville.

Mrs. Parlier was born in Tarrytown, N.Y. She graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University. From the early 1920s until she returned to the United States in 1941, she lived in France. During World War II she was a translator with the Censorship Policy Board in New York.

She moved to the Washington area about 1953 and taught French at a private school and in her home until the mid-1970s.

She was a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites.

Her husband, Dr. Roger Parlier, died in 1975. Survivors include one daughter, Madeleine P. Hill of Potomac; two sons, Michel M. Parlier of Washington and Frank H. Parlier of Falls Church; 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

ANDREE C. CLARK,

71, a former Alexandria resident who lived in the Washington area for 13 years before moving to Florida in 1980, died of cancer Jan. 21 at Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Venice, Fla.

She had returned to this area to care for an ill daughter, Jeanne Preston, who died at the National Institutes of Health earlier this month.

Mrs. Clark was a native of Memphis and moved here from New York City.

Her husband, Norvon, died in 1984. Survivors include one son, N. Stephen Clark of McLean, and three grandchildren.

LEROY DUNCAN MOORE,

75, a retired manager of an Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. supermarket in Springfield who later worked for the Signet Bank at Tysons Corner, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 25 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mr. Moore, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Highfield, Md., and he attended the University of Maryland. He went to work for A&P in Harrisburg, Pa., in the early 1930s.

During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific. After the war, he resumed his career with A&P in Harrisburg. He transferred to the Washington area about 1963 and retired in 1976.

Since then, he had been a mailroom manager with what became the Signet Bank.

Mr. Moore was a Mason and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also was a member of First Christian Church in Falls Church, where he had been chairman of the board.

His first wife, Alice Moore, died in 1966.

Survivors include his wife, Martha M. Moore of Falls Church; one stepson, Stan Bowler Sr. of Herndon; one sister, Valerie E. King of Waynesboro, Pa.; one brother, Sam H. Moore of Mercersburg, Pa., and two grandchildren.

CORTEZ VERNON TAYLOR,

54, a Washington photographer since the 1950s who was active in cultural groups, died of cancer Jan. 19 at D.C. General Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Taylor was a native of Washington and a graduate of Cardoza High School. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955.

Over the years, his news pictures had been published in The Washington Post, and Ebony and Jet magazines. He also had pictures in such publications as the Washington Informer and Jazz Times. He had taken fashion photographs for area department stores and had done photographic work for the Summer in the Parks and Human Kindness Day programs.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Taylor was a photographic coordinator with Youth Pride Inc. In the late 1960s, he had been a cameraman with Channel 14 television and did promotional photography for WOOK radio. He also had been a staff photographer for the Bohemian Gardens, a treasurer and director of the Let 'em Play jazz organization, and a member of the Washington and Baltimore chapters of the Left Bank Jazz Society.

Mr. Taylor was a member of St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Washington.

Survivors include one brother, Charles Taylor of Washington.

PAUL J. HEAVEN,

70, a retired Army officer who became chief of security support at the Defense Supply Agency at Cameron Station in Alexandria, died of pneumonia Jan. 26 at Alexandria Hospital. He had heart ailments and a stroke.

In recent years, Col. Heaven had run a real estate business from his home in Annandale.

A native of St. Louis, he was drafted into the Army in World War II and later commissioned. During the war, he served in tanks in Europe. He also served in the Korean War. From 1957 until he retired from the service in 1961, he was an intelligence officer at the Pentagon.

Col. Heaven then went to work as a security official at Cameron Station and he was chief of security support for the DSA when he retired in 1970. He was already engaged in real estate at that time and in the mid-1970s he established his own firm, the Heaven Real Estate Co.

Col. Heaven was a 3rd degree member of the Fairfax Council of the Knights of Columbus and an usher at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale. He also was a member of the Retired Officers Association.

His wife, Marcella Heaven, died in 1981.

Survivors include two children, Hope Hatch of Millersville, Md., and Paulette Reilly of Carmel, Ind.; three sisters, Marianne Littrell of Louisiana, Mo., and Dolores Stamm and Katherine Maytas, both of St. Louis, and five grandchildren.