Lewis Holmes (Buzz) Ulman,71, a retired utilities lawyer who had been active in political, civic and charitable organizations, died of cancer Feb. 23 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.

In the mid-1960s, Mr. Ulman served on the District Democratic Central Committee and was deputy chairman of its planning and housing group. He also was a past president of the Palisades Park Citizens Association and a proponent of Home Rule for Washington.

Mr. Ulman was a native of Washington and a 1934 graduate of St. Albans School, where he later served on the governing board. He was a graduate of Princeton University and received a law degree from Georgetown University. He served with the Army in Europe during World War II and took part in the Normandy landings.

From 1946 to 1953, he was a member of the legal staff of the National Labor Relations Board. He then became a lawyer with the Bell System and the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone companies in Washington. He later worked for AT&T here and in New York, where he moved in 1967. In 1970, he joined the Southern New England Telephone Co. in New Haven, Conn. He retired as its vice president and general counsel in 1981 and returned here a year later.

Mr. Ulman was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church, where he was a member of the finance committee. He was a past president of the Barker Foundation, a private Washington adoption agency, and a member of the governing board of the House of Mercy in Washington. He was a member of the Princeton Club of Washington and the Chevy Chase and Metropolitan clubs.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Suzanne Preston Ulman of Chevy Chase; two sons, Michael H. Ulman of Rose Haven, Md., and Craig H. Ulman of Chevy Chase; two sisters, Elizabeth Rowe and Jean Friendly, both of Washington, and one grandchild.


Wholesale Beer Distributor

Samuel J. Katcef, 75, an Annapolis wholesale beer distributor, died of pneumonia Feb. 21 at Anne Arundel General Hospital.

Mr. Katcef, who lived in Edgewater, was born in Baltimore and grew up in Annapolis. He graduated from Annapolis High School and served in the Army during World War II.

For the last 54 years he had been president of Katcef Brothers Inc., a wholesale beer distributing company.

He was a member of B'nai B'rith, the Jewish War Veterans, the Annapolis Elks and the Amos Masonic lodge in Annapolis.

Mr. Katcef had operated vegetable gardens on the Eastern Shore as a hobby for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Brooks Katcef of Edgewater; one daughter, Janice K. Cohen of Potomac; one son, Neal B. Katcef of Annapolis; three brothers, Benjamin, Leon and Joseph Katcef, all of Annapolis, and three grandchildren.


Army Budget Employee

Richard Halliday Woodward, 84, a retired budget employee of the Department of the Army and a lifelong resident of the Washington area, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 14 at the Sandy Spring Friends Nursing Home.

Mr. Woodward was born in Washington. He graduated from McKinley Technical High School and attended George Washington University. He worked for the old Reconstruction Finance Corp. from 1939 to 1947 and then went to work for the Army. He retired in 1968 and for the next five years was a part-time real estate agent.

Mr. Woodward was a member of the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting and the Horticultural Society.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Sylvia Ridenour Woodward of Sandy Spring; two daughters, Jocelyn W. Shotts of Sandy Spring and Carol W. Arnett of Lawrenceville, N.J.; four grandchildren, and nine great-grandsons.


Budget Analyst

MaryLou Fisher, 45, a budget analyst who at the time of her death was head of the operations and maintenance section of the installations and logistics department of the Marine Corps budget office, died of cancer Feb. 18 at Fairfax Hospital.

Miss Fisher, who lived in Vienna, was born in Bangor, Maine, and grew up in Littleton, N.H.

She had worked in the Marine Corps budget office since 1980. Previously, she was a budget analyst with the Navy's Polaris missile program.

She was a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers.

Survivors include three brothers, Roger Fisher of Vanceboro, Maine, Thomas Fisher of Pinehurst, Mass., and Robert Fisher of Littleton, N.H.