ALLAN DOWNIE, 86, whose research played a leading role in the worldwide eradication of smallpox, died Jan. 26 in London. The cause of death was not reported.

Educated at Aberdeen University in Scotland, Dr. Downie worked as a voluntary assistant at the Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research in New York in 1934-35, then returned to Britain to work as a senior researcher at the London Hospital from 1935 to 1939. In 1943, he became professor of bacteriology at Liverpool University and began 30 years of research on smallpox. In 1978, the World Health Organization announced that smallpox had been eradicated worldwide.

RICHARD DOWNING POPE, 87, a publicist and real estate developer who was credited with founding Florida's tourist industry, died Jan. 28 in Winter Haven, Fla. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Pope built Cypress Gardens park, one of Florida's first commercial tourist attractions, on 16 acres of swampland in 1936. The park began charging 25 cents for admission to its botanical garden and grew to a 223-acre complex that sold in August 1985 for $23 million. The park admits about a million tourists yearly.

CURRO GIRON, 49, a matador famed throughout Latin America and Spain for his fearlessness in the bullring, died Jan. 28 in Caracas, Venezuela, after undergoing surgery to correct "varicose veins in the colon," the state news agency Venpres reported.

Giron became a full-fledged bullfighter Sept. 27, 1957, in Barcelona. He fought in Spanish bullrings for four years and participated in 58 fights there, a record for foreigners in Spain. In all he was in 619 bullfights, the last of them in November. He was seriously injured in the bullring in July 1958, and spent a year recovering.

ELIZABETH KEAN, 90, the mother of two-term New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean and the widow of a congressman, died Jan. 28 at her home in Livingston, N.J. The cause of death was not reported.

Mrs. Kean was the widow of Robert Kean, who died in 1980 and who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1939 to 1959. She did volunteer hospital work in Washington during World War II while her husband was serving in Congress.

WILLIAM A. McDONNELL, 93, a retired lawyer and St. Louis banker who had served as president of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States in 1959 and who was a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from 1950 to 1956, died Jan. 28 at his home in St. Louis. The cause of death was not reported.

He had served as board chairman, president, and chief executive officer of the First National Bank of St. Louis. In 1945, he became affiliated with McDonnell Douglas Corp., a company a brother, James, helped found. He served as director and chairman of the finance committee. His son, Sanford, currently is chairman and chief executive officer of the aerospace concern.

WALLACE GROVES, 86, called the "father of Freeport" after he developed acres of scrub land into the second largest city in the Bahamas, died Jan. 30 at a hospital in Coral Gables, Fla., after a stroke. A resident of Freeport, he was stricken while visiting relatives.

His idea of building a vacation haven just 70 miles east of Palm Beach took shape in 1955 when he bought 114,000 acres on Grand Bahama, the most northerly Bahamian island. He helped develop a plan for a port authority in Freeport, which at the time was several crude shacks. By the mid-1960s, Freeport was a stop for cruise ships and was a major resort with casinos.

DONALD R. HAYNES, 53, director of the Virginia Historical Society since 1986 who had been Virginia state librarian for 14 years before that, died Jan. 30 in Richmond. The cause of death was not reported.

He had served on the state Review Board for Landmarks. He was a member of the Virginia, American and Southeastern library associations, the Association for Documentary Editing, the Southern and American Historical societies, the Society of American Archivists and the Bibliographical Society of America.