Dominic Anthony Paolucci, 64, a retired Navy captain who was the board chairman of the Santa Fe Corp. of Alexandria, a management and resource studies and analysis firm he founded in 1975, died of cancer Feb. 5 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

Dr. Paolucci was a native of Buffalo and a 1943 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He received master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from Indiana University. He also was a graduate of the National War College.

During World War II, he served aboard destroyers off the coast of Normandy and in convoy work to Murmansk. He then became a submariner, eventually commanding two attack subs, as well as submarine divisions, squadrons and flotillas. He held a variety of staff posts here and in Hawaii, retiring from active duty in 1969 with the rank of captain. His last post was as deputy director of Navy strategic systems.

He was president of a defense studies organization in Northern Virginia before founding Santa Fe in 1975. He retired as president in 1986, and was its board chairman at the time of his death. He also had served on several panels of the Defense Science Board and had contributed articles to such professional journals as the Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute and The Submarine Review.

His first wife, the former Thelma Dailey, died in 1981.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice, of Alexandria; three daughters by his first marriage, Emir Berg of Livermore, Calif., Carla St. Aubyn of Houston, and Paula Kristian of Fairfax; a brother; two sisters, and six grandchildren. SHEILA E. GAINES, Teacher and Counselor 42, a retired teacher and counselor with the Fairfax County public elementary school system who had lived in this area since 1960, died of cancer Feb. 6 at Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Burke.

Mrs. Gaines was a native of Montgomery, Ala. She was a graduate of Stuart High School in Falls Church and Radford College in Radford, Va. She was working toward a master's degree in counseling at Virginia Tech at the time of her death.

She began her career with the Fairfax schools at Bucknell Elementary in Alexandria in 1969. She later worked at other schools, with her final assignment as a counseling research teacher at Glen Forest Elementary in Falls Church and Olde Creek Elementary in Fairfax. She retired for reasons of health in 1987.

Mrs. Gaines was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional education society.

Survivors include her husband of 19 years, Lynn J., and two sons, Steven F. and Joseph R. Gaines, all of Burke; her parents, Ottis V. and Elizabeth Stephenson of Montgomery; a brother, Ottis V. Stephenson Jr. of Auburn, Ala., and two sisters, Sherry Stephenson of Springfield, and Rebecca L. DeBow of Athens, Ga. RUTH TAYLOR HUNTER, Editor and Writer 89, a retired editor and writer who had lived in this area since 1947, died of kidney failure Jan. 25 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She lived in Washington.

Between 1947 and 1952, she was a researcher and public relations worker with the United Mineworkers, a Washington representative of the Amalgamated Meatcutters union, and a publications editor for the International Laundry Workers. From 1941 to 1969, she wrote a Washington column for labor and rural publications.

She and her husband, retired Army reserves Col. Kent Hunter, had owned and operated the old Facts Evaluated Inc., a Washington foreign affairs and defense research organization, in the 1950s. Mrs. Hunter spent the last eight years of her career as editor of the American Peace Society's World Affairs publication. She retired in 1969.

Col. Hunter died in 1958. Mrs. Hunter leaves no immediate survivors. JAMES P. GRAHAM 3rd, Insurance Company Official 69, a retired insurance company official who was a certified financial consultant, died Feb. 5 at George Washington University Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Arlington.

Mr. Graham, who moved here in 1966, was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. He was a 1941 honors graduate of Princeton University, where he received a bachelor's degree in modern languages. He served with the Navy in the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II. He remained in the reserves after the war, retiring in the 1950s as a lieutenant commander.

In 1946, he joined the family Aetna Life Insurance agency in Annapolis, later moving to Baltimore. In 1962, he joined North American Life Assurance of Toronto, managing its Baltimore offices before transferring to Washington in 1966. He retired as head of the Washington offices in 1983, after having received three major company sales awards.

Mr. Graham was a member of the National Association of Life Underwriters and the American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters.

Survivors include his wife, Ilene, of Arlington; four sons, James P. (Jay) IV and Stephen M., both of Annapolis, and Michael H. and Daniel K., both of Baltimore; three daughters, Heidi A. Farren of Greenwich, Conn., and Tracey A. Loeb and Wendy A. Lumsden, both of Los Angeles; a sister, Virginia Darrell of Baltimore; three brothers, William S., of West Hartford, Conn., John F., of Baltimore, and Robert M., of Phoenix, and six grandchildren. DOROTHY BIERER BUCKINGHAM, Lifelong Resident 84, a lifelong area resident who was active in social, genealogical and volunteer groups, died of respiratory failure Feb. 5 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. Buckingham was a native of Washington and a graduate of the National Cathedral School, where she later served on the governing board. She also had served on the board of the Junior League of Washington. In the early 1930s, she was volunteer workers chairman at Children's Hospital.

She was a member of the Army-Navy chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the Descendants of the Lords of Maryland Manors, and the Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede..

Survivors include her husband, D. Randall Buckingham of Washington; two sons, Thomas R., of Upper Marlboro, and James B., of Charles Town, W.Va.; three brothers, retired Navy Capt. Bion B. Bierer Jr. of Washington, retired Navy Capt. James S. Bierer of Fallston, Md., and retired Navy Capt. Howard T. Bierer of Williamsburg, and two grandchildren. DR. JOHN W. LITTLE JR., Radiologist 78, a retired radiologist who had lived in the Washington area since 1979, died of cardiac failure Feb. 7 at his home in Washington.

A fellow of the American College of Radiology, Dr. Little was a hospital radiologist in Decatur, Ill., for 28 years before retiring in 1977.

He was a graduate of DePauw University in his native Indiana and of the Indiana University medical school. During World War II, he served in the Army Medical Corps in Europe, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Naida Jones, a son, Dr. John W. Little III, and two daughters, Dana Little and Pamela Storch, all of Washington, and three grandchildren.