Joseph E. Michalski, 71, a retired agent and language specialist with the FBI, died Nov. 20 at his home in Edwardsville, Va., after a heart attack.

Mr. Michalski was born in New Bedford, Mass. During World War II, he served in the Navy as an airship pilot. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, and studied French at the University of Grenoble in France on a Fulbright Scholarship.

He taught French briefly at Brown University before joining the FBI in 1951 in Dallas. He later was assigned to Chicago before being transferred to the Washington area in 1954.

Mr. Michalski's knowledge of Polish, Russian and French was used in FBI investigations. In 1961, he was commended by the FBI, the State Department and a U.S. grand jury for his role in an investigation which led to the conviction of a U.S. Foreign Service officer accused of passing diplomatic secrets while stationed in Warsaw.

Mr. Michalski was assigned to the House Appropriations Committee in 1966 and retired in 1975. For the next nine years, he was a consultant to the house committee.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy R. Michalski of Burke; four sons, Michael T. Michalski of Los Angeles, Dr. Stephen A. Michalski of Ossining, N.Y., David P. Michalski of Alexandria, and Joseph H. Michalski of Harrisburg, Va.; two daughters, Patricia A. Hudgins of Centreville and Lisa K. Michalski of Annandale, and two sisters, Helen M. Oliver and Adele Rathkamp, both of Collingswood, N.Y.


Homebuilders Association Official

Thomas Dornin Caldwell, 76, retired head of the training and education department of the National Association of Homebuilders, died of a heart attack Nov. 20 at his home in Lexington, Va.

Mr. Caldwell was born in Bristol, Va., and graduated from the University of Virginia. He served in the Navy during World War II.

He had been executive secretary of the Texas Association of Homebuilders in Austin and worked for a builder in San Antonio before moving to this area and going to work for the National Association of Homebuilders in 1962.

In 1984 Mr. Caldwell retired and moved from McLean to Lexington.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Witt Caldwell of Lexington, and two daughters, Nancy Caldwell McGuire and Evelyn Boudar Caldwell, both of McLean.


Montgomery Home Instructor

Mary Elizabeth Taylor Phelps, 61, a home instructor with the Montgomery County public schools, died of cancer Nov. 20 at her home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Phelps was born in Weirton, W.Va., and graduated from West Virginia University, where she received a master's degree in education.

She was a schoolteacher in Harrison County, W.Va., before moving to the Washington area in 1960. She was a claims representative with the Social Security Administration from 1960 to 1966.

In 1973 she became a home instructor for the Montgomery County public schools, specializing in math and science instruction to junior and senior high school students who were unable to attend regular classes because of illness or injury.

Mrs. Phelps had done sewing and knitting at her home and had won prizes for her work at Montgomery County fairs.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Leon Phelps, and a son, Thomas Robert Phelps, both of Silver Spring.


Fairchild Industries Engineer

Leo Pessin, 58, a retired aerospace engineer with Fairchild Industries in Germantown who was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, died Nov. 11 at his home in Bethesda. He had cancer and Parkinson's disease.

He worked for Fairchild for 14 years before retiring in 1986.

Mr. Pessin was a native of New York City. He was a graduate of the Newark College of Engineering and received a master's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for RCA in New Jersey from 1959 to 1970. He then operated his own New Jersey computer firm, Compuguide, for about two years before moving here in 1972.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, of Bethesda; a son, Andrew, of Charlottesville; two daughters, Robin Pessin of California and Terry Foor-Pessin of New York state; two brothers, David, of Miami, and L. Steven Pessin of Marlboro, N.J.; a sister, Rachel Sussman of Alexandria, and two grandchildren.


Sheraton Hotel Manager

Emmett F. Reagan Jr., 35, general manager of the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington since 1986, died Nov. 19 at his home in Ashburn, Va., after a heart attack.

Mr. Reagan was born in Bath, Maine, and moved here as a child. He began his career in hotel management after graduating from the College of William & Mary in 1975. He had worked in Sheraton hotels since that time. He became resident manager of a Sheraton in Silver Spring in 1982 and was general manager of the Sheraton International Conference Center in Reston from 1984 to 1986.

He was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Leesburg.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Marie, of Ashburn; his parents, Palmer B. and Emmett F. Reagan Sr., and a sister, Sarah Lynch Reagan, all of Reston; four brothers, James C., of Columbia, Paul J., of Alexandria, and Jonathan D. and Stephen P., both of Reston, and his maternal grandmother, Palmer W. Berryman of Norfolk.


Office Supply Co. President

Alfred J. Stein, 80, who founded Midtown Stationery Office and Supply Co. in 1952 and served as its president until retiring in 1984, died of cancer Nov. 21 at the Shady Grove Adventist nursing home. He lived in Gaithersburg.

He started the company in Washington and moved it to Silver Spring, where it has been for about the past 20 years.

Mr. Stein received a degree in architecture from the old Carnegie Institute of Technology in his native Pittsburgh. He was an architect and electrical engineer in Pennsylvania before moving here in 1952.

He was a past president of the Columbia Heights Businessmen's Association and a member of the North Washington Lions Club and the Washington Stationers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of Gaithersburg; a son, Mark, of Potomac; a sister, Betty Schmith of Cleveland, and seven grandchildren.


C&P Telephone Co. Employee

Carl O. Jump, 70, who worked for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. in Washington for 40 years before retiring in 1981, died Nov. 20 at his home in Mayo, Md., after a stroke.

Mr. Jump, who lived in the Washington area from the early 1950s until moving to Mayo in 1971, was born in Royal Oak, Md. He had been a linesman and cable splicer with the phone company.

He was a past commodore of the West River Yacht Club and a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadron and the Kent Island Yacht Club.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, of Mayo; a stepson, David Jones of Chester, Md.; a stepdaughter, Bonnie Diggs of Edgewater, Md.; two brothers, Herbert T., of Royal Oak and Ira C., of Arlington, and four sisters, Elsie M. Stevens of Easton, Md., Alice E. Billingsley of Arlington, and Sarah Jane Kirby and Ruth M. Cobey, both of St. Michaels, Md.