Lewis J. Fields, 78, a Marine Corps lieutenant general who served 38 years before his retirement in 1970 as commander of the Marine Development and Education Command at Quantico, died March 5 at Fairfax Hospital. He had heart, lung and kidney ailments.

Gen. Fields enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1932 after having served seven years in the Maryland National Guard. He was commissioned an officer in 1935.

During World War II, he served in the Guadalcanal campaign and elsewhere in the Pacific. In the postwar years he had assignments at various posts in this country, including Quantico and Norfolk.

Gen. Fields also served with NATO and the Supreme Allied Command in the Atlantic. Later he served in Korea and Paris and he was in Washington as Marine Corps liaison officer to the vice chief of Naval Operations.

From 1962 to 1965, Gen. Fields was director of personnel for the Marine Corps. He commanded the First Marine Division in Vietnam from August 1965 to September 1966.

Later he became commander of the Marine Base at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and he served there until 1968 when he became commander of the Marine Development and Education Command at Quantico.

His military decorations included two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star, both with Combat V, and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Gen. Fields, a resident of Fairfax, was born in Delmar, Md., and reared on the Eastern Shore. He graduated from St. John's College in Annapolis.

His first wife, Elizabeth Packer Fields, died in 1981.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Coulon Lawrence Fields of Fairfax; two daughters from his first marriage, Elizabeth Fields Roberts of Reston and Mary Anne Fields Cherry of Springfield; two stepdaughters, Sherin Rose and Shelley Vickery, both of Fairfax; two sisters, Irene Mitchell of Philadelphia and Lola Rayner of Salisbury, Md.; two brothers, Cleveland and Maurice Fields, both of Salisbury; seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce Aide

Jack Wooldridge, 69, a retired general manager of communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a former editor of its Nation's Business magazine, died of congestive heart failure March 7 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Oakton.

Mr. Wooldridge joined Nation's Business in 1960 as an associate editor. He was named managing editor in 1962 and was editor-in-chief from 1964 until 1975, by which time the magazine had passed the 1 million circulation mark. He retired later that year as communications general manager.

Mr. Wooldridge, a native of Arkansas, attended St. John's Seminary there. He was a reporter and editor with newspapers, a radio station and the Associated Press wire service in Arkansas and Texas before moving here in 1951.

After a year with the government, he joined the Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau. He was a copy editor there until he joined Nation's Business.

Mr. Wooldridge was a member of the National Press Club, the White House Correspondents Association and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

His marriage to Jenny Wooldridge ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Elizabeth, and their two children, Powhatan Jack Wooldridge III and Michelle Leigh Wooldridge, all of Oakton; one daughter by his first marriage, Deborah Lorraine Rose of Texarkana, Ark.; two stepchildren, Wayne D. Bowers of Warrenton, Va., and Sharon Bowers Farnor of Richmond, and seven grandchildren.


St. Michael's Parishioner

C. Lavinia Cook, 89, a lifelong resident of the Washington area who was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Silver Spring, died of cardiac arrest March 6 at the Carroll Manor nursing home in Hyattsville, where she had lived the past 10 years.

Mrs. Cook was a native of Washington. In the 1950s, she had owned a ceramics store on Connecticut Avenue, where she also taught ceramics.

Her husband, P. Michael Cook, died in 1968. Survivors include five sons, Michael Joseph Cook of Silver Spring, the Rev. Walter A. Cook S.J. of Washington, John Philip Cook of Cincinnati, Edward James Cook of Laurel and Robert Louis Cook of Olney, and 17 grandchildren.