In the obituary Wednesday of Ralph Duane Myers, a professor emeritus of physics at the University of Maryland, his middle name was spelled incorrectly. The obituary also should have said he had been acting chairman of the physics department at Maryland. (Published 1/12/ 90)

Ralph Dwayne Myers, 77, a professor emeritus of physics and former physics department chairman at the University of Maryland, died of cancer Jan. 6 at his home in College Park.

Upon Dr. Myers's retirement in 1979, the physics department established the Ralph D. Myers Award, given each year to graduate teaching assistants and graduate students.

Dr. Myers was a past president of the Philosophical Society of Washington and had been a member of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

He was a native of Chambersburg, Pa., and a graduate of Cornell University, where he also received a doctorate in theoretical nuclear physics.

After a year teaching at Purdue University, he joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1938. During World War II, he worked at the National Bureau of Standards. Over the years, he had been a consultant at the Naval Research Laboratory and a navigation teacher in Washington with the U.S. Power Squadron.

Dr. Myers was a member of the American Physical Society, the American Society of Physics Teachers and two professional societies, Sigma Xi and Sigma Pi Sigma.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Stager Myers of College Park; three daughters, Mary Elizabeth Niell of Harvard, Mass., Ruth Annette Gray of Hollywood, Md., and Sara Louise Spencer of Rockville; a brother, Leslie Myers of Chambersburg; and eight grandchildren.


Trade Consultant

William J. Barton, 65, the founder and retired chief executive officer of International Business-Government Counselors Inc., a Washington trade consulting firm, died Jan. 7 at George Washington University Hospital. He had mucormycosis, a systemic fungus disease.

Mr. Barton was a member of the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the international investment committee of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Mr. Barton, a native of Buffalo, served in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from Brown University and Harvard University law school, and received a master's degree in law from Georgetown University.

After working in Pittsburgh for Alcoa, he went to Chicago in the early 1950s when he joined Business International, a Washington-based trade consulting firm. He transfered to its Washington office about 1965. He started his consulting firm in 1972 and had been an adviser there since retiring in 1988.

His hobbies included golf and tennis.

His marriage to Elizabeth Barton ended in divorce.

Survivors include a sister, Sister Helen Barton of Clarence, N.Y.; and four brothers, Robert O. and Richard C. Barton, both of Snyder, N.Y., John T., of Buffalo, and James B., of Frankfort, Ky.


Navy Office Manager

Isabelle Nichols McLaughlin, 72, a retired Navy Department office manager who had been a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 6 in Purcellville at the Loudoun Valley Manor nursing home, where she had lived the past year.

She managed the Washington liaison office here of the Naval Weapons Center of China Lakes, Calif., for 25 years before retiring in 1984. She was the recipient of a Navy Department Outstanding Performance Award.

Mrs. McLaughlin, who lived in Alexandria before returning to her native Purcellville, first came to the Washington area to attend the Washington School for Secretaries. She lived in California for 13 years before returning here in 1959.

Her husband, John J. McLaughlin, whom she married in 1946, died in 1959. Her survivors include four sons, John, of Falls Church, Robert, of Alexandria, Michael, of Fairfax, and Joseph, of Springfield; and a sister, Elizabeth N. Corrado of Alexandria.



Lee Monte Sackett, 65, a Washington area dentist from the early 1950s until he retired in 1987, died Jan. 7 of cancer at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

Dr. Sackett was a past chairman of the department of oral surgery at Washington Hospital Center and a past chief of oral surgery at Children's Hospital.

A native of Providence, R.I., Dr. Sackett came to this area in the late 1930s. He graduated from Wilson High School and the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. He served in the Army from 1946 to 1948 and later did his residency in Boston. He then returned here and began his private practice.

Dr. Sackett was a sailing enthusiast and taught navigation in Rockville with the U.S. Power Squadron. His hobbies also included painting and model railroading.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene Sackett of Bethesda; two children, Lori Beth Day and Andrew Brian Sackett, both of Gaithersburg; and three grandchildren.


Area Secretary

Joann Pavlish, 50, a retired area secretary and member of Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax, died of cancer Jan. 4 at Arlington Hospital. She lived in Alexandria.

Mrs. Pavlish graduated from a business college in her native city of Birmingham before coming here in 1961. She worked for the FBI here in 1961 and 1962. She then joined the International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers, where she worked until 1972. From 1984 until retiring in 1988, she worked for the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Her marriage to Larry Pavlish ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Tara Lisa Pavlish of Alexandria; and her mother, Mary Lou Woodley of Jasper, Ala.