J. Parker Van Zandt, 96, a retired consultant who also was a former official of the Air Force and the Civil Aeronautics Board, died of pneumonia June 3 at La Casa Dorinda retirement home in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Mr. Van Zandt, who lived in Washington almost 40 years before moving to Santa Barbara in 1976, was born in Chicago. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he also earned a doctorate in physics.

During World War I, he served in the Army Aviation Service in France, and he remained in the Army as a pilot until 1926. Subsequently he ran a sightseeing air service over the Grand Canyon and an airport in Phoenix and then worked for Ford Motor Co. and Pan American Airways.

In 1938, he moved to Washington and joined the staff of the Civil Aeronautics Authority. He later worked for the Brookings Institution and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In the late 1940s he was named deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force, and from 1953 to 1959 he was a Foreign Service officer assigned to NATO headquarters in Paris.

In 1960 Mr. Van Zandt founded European Technical Services, a consulting company in Washington that specialized in the European Common Market. He retired in 1975.

His wife, the former Lydia Begole, died in 1980.

He leaves no immediate survivors.


Alexandria Resident

Margaret K. Nopper, 66, a Lewes, Del., resident who had lived in the Washington area from the mid-1940s to 1973, died May 30 at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. She had cancer.

Mrs. Nopper, a former Alexandria resident, was a native of Indiana, Pa. She worked about a year for American Airlines here before her 1947 marriage to David E. Nopper.

She had been active in TWIG, an Alexandria Hospital auxiliary group. She had done volunteer work at the hospital.

In addition to her husband, of Lewes, her survivors include a daughter, Suzanne N. Elliott of New Orleans.