Guy McElroy, 44, an art historian and former adjunct curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, died of a pulmonary embolism May 31 at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in Washington.

He came to Washington in 1978 and spent about a decade as a curator and assistant director of the Bethune Museum-Archives. He was an adjunct curator at the Corcoran from 1986 to 1989.

Since January, he had been working on an exhibit he organized at the Corcoran, "Facing History: The Black Image in American Art, 1710-1940." The exhibit is now at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City.

Mr. McElroy said he began thinking about organizing his exhibit in 1986 while researching the work of the 19th century painter William Sidney Mount. He said that while Mount's portrayal of blacks was superficially sympathetic, the portrayals illustrated blacks in stereotypical settings -- as minstrels, servants and slaves.

In an essay he wrote for the show's catalog, he said that he believed stereotypical images of blacks created by white artists "expressed an inability to comprehend a people whose appearance and behavior were judged to be different from their own, and thus inferior."

Mr. McElroy was a native of Fairmont, W.Va. He earned a degree in art history at the University of Cincinnati and another in mass communications at Emerson College in Boston. At the time of his death, he was pursuing a doctorate in art history at the University of Maryland.

He was a Rockefeller Fellow in museum studies at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in the mid-1970s, and later was an assistant curator at several other museums and galleries on both the east and west coasts.

In 1987, he was a passenger in a car that crashed in New Mexico. It left him paralyzed from the neck down.

At the time of his death, he was working on an exhibit on the life and times of famed black educator Mary McLeod Bethune for the Bethune museum.

Survivors include his mother, brother and two sisters, all of West Virginia.


Air Force Colonel

Norvin Elwood Rader, 67, a retired Air Force colonel who served in two wars and later was a real estate agent for Merrill Lynch and vice president of an educational software company, died of cancer June 3 at his home in Arlington.

Col. Rader, a resident of the Washington area since about 1960, was born in Indiana. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

He began his military career in 1941 in the Army Air Corps. During World War II he was a pilot in Europe and the Pacific, and he also flew in the Korean war. In peacetime he served at various bases in this country and West Germany. He was stationed at the Pentagon when he retired in 1975.

After retiring he sold commercial real estate for Merrill Lynch until 1989, when he was made vice president for finance and administration for the Mobius Corp. in Alexandria.

Col. Rader's military decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, several Air Medals and the Air Force and Army Commendation medals.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Joyce Rader, whom he married in 1944, of Arlington; three children, John R. Rader of Alexandria, Toni C. Rader of Purcellville, Va., and Roger T. Rader of Arlington; three brothers, Dennis Rader of Las Vegas, and Raymond and Edward Rader, both of Danville, Ind.; and two grandchildren.



June P. Roth, 69, a retired Northern Virginia teacher who had been active in professional, community and church organizations, died of cancer June 5 at her home in Falls Church.

Mrs. Roth, a resident of the Washington area since 1946, was born in Roaring Springs, Pa. She graduated from Kutztown (Pa.) State Teachers College and later took graduate courses in education at George Washington and George Mason universities.

From 1956 to 1976, she taught at the Pal-Nez school, a private elementary school in Arlington. She then joined the ABC Creative school in Dunn Loring as administrative director. From 1978 until she retired in 1984, she was on the faculty of the Iliff School in Vienna.

Mrs. Roth was a volunteer with the Girl Scouts, the Little League, the Babe Ruth League and the George Mason High School PTA and Boosters Club. She was voted woman of the year by the Vienna Business and Professional Women's Association, and she was chosen mother of the year by the congregation of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Falls Church, of which she was a charter member.

Survivors include her husband, Donald P. Roth, whom she married in 1942, of Falls Church; three children, June Roth Woody of Culpeper, Va., Donald D. Roth II of Sterling, and Richard H. Roth of Savannah, Ga.; a brother, John King Pleacher of Williamsburg; and five grandchildren.


Catholic Conference Aide

Robert Wonderly, 63, a press officer with the U.S. Catholic Conference and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops for the past 14 years, died of cancer June 4 at Arlington Hospital.

Mr. Wonderly, a resident of Arlington, was born in Huntington, Ind. During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marine in the Pacific and in the Army.

He worked for Our Sunday Visitor, a Roman Catholic newspaper published in Huntington, before moving to the Washington area in 1965. Here he worked for a number of organizations, including the National Catholic Education Association, before joining the National Catholic Conference.

Mr. Wonderly was a member of the parish of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mae Rookstool of Falls Church; five children, Gregory Wonderly of Tucson, Ariz., Dan Wonderly of Charleston, S.C., Jeannine Jackson and Brigid Wonderly, both of Charlottesville, and Betsy Dunnivin of Williamsburg; two sisters, Ann Dennie of Huntington and Carla Gibson of Reston; two brothers, John Wonderly of Dayton, Ohio, and Joseph Wonderly of Granger, Ind., and three grandchildren.