D. Randall Buckingham, 86, a retired senior vice president and secretary-treasurer of the Woodward & Lothrop department stores, died of respiratory failure June 9 at the Doctors' Hospital of Prince George's County in Lanham. He lived in Upper Marlboro.

Mr. Buckingham joined Woodies in 1918 as a part-time bundle wrapper and worked for the company on a full-time basis in 1925. He retired in 1968. Before retiring, he served on the company's board of directors and its executive committee.

He had been vice chairman of the 1969 Presidential Inaugural Medal Committee and later served as a public member of the State Department's foreign service selection board. In the 1970s, he was a member of a State Department delegation that traveled to Egypt to advise that country on business affairs.

Mr. Buckingham was a past director of the National Bank of Washington and past director of the store management division of the National Retail Merchants Association. During World War II, he had volunteered his services as director of the trade food ration board for retail stores of the Office of Price Administration.

He had been a senior warden, vestryman, and registrar of St. Albans parish and had served as vice chairman of the Episcopal Home for Children. He also had been a director and treasurer of Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries and a director of the local YMCA.

Mr. Buckingham was a native of Washington and a 1922 graduate of Central High School, and graduated from what was then the Babson Institute in Boston in 1925. He served in the Navy reserves in the 1930s.

He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and member of Temple Noyes Masonic Lodge in Washington. He was a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Columbia Country Club, and Loudoun Golf and Country Club. From 1950 to 1989, he had maintained a vacation home in Round Hill, Va.

His wife, the former Dorothy Bierer, died in 1988. Survivors include two sons, Thomas R., of Upper Marlboro, and James B., of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.; two brothers, Donald, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Dr. Richard G., of Rockville; and two grandsons.



Nathaniel Massie McKitterick, 64, a retired consultant and former State Department and World Bank official, died of a heart attack June 8 at his vacation home in Woodville, Rappahannock County, Va. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. McKitterick, who came here in 1954, was a native of Hingham, Mass. He served in the Navy after graduating from Yale University in 1946. He was a diplomatic reporter and editor with Business Week magazine in London from 1950 to 1954.

He was an assistant to World Bank President Eugene R. Black before serving as special assistant to the U.S. presidential trade administrator in 1961 and 1962. He then spent two years at the State Department as director of the office of international economic and social affairs in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

In 1965, he became a policy adviser on the staff of Sen. George D. Aiken (R-Vt.). After two years with the Asian Development Bank, he returned to Aiken's staff, where he worked until 1975.

Mr. McKitterick, who wrote a book, "Alternatives in Southeast Asia," with Eugene R. Black, advised Sen. Aiken on the region and on what he felt were mistaken government policies concerning the region. The senator became a vocal critic of American involvement in the war there.

From 1975 until retiring in the mid-1980s, Mr. McKitterick was a consultant. During those years, he had done work for the World Bank and for President Reagan's coordinator for refugee assistance.

Mr. McKitterick had done volunteer work for WETA-FM and for the Smithsonian Institution. In the 1960s, he served on the Alexandria Human Relations Council and on an advisory committee of the Alexandria City Council.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine, of Alexandria; a son, John, of Columbia; two daughters, Molly McKitterick of Washington and Sarah McKitterick of Portland, Maine; his mother, Mary Chase McKitterick of Hamden, Conn.; a sister, Gertrude McKitterick of France; and three grandchildren.



Roger Grave Thurston, 78, a physician who had conducted a family practice in Washington since 1946, died of sepsis June 8 at Howard University Hospital.

Dr. Thurston, a resident of Washington, was born in Charlotte, N.C. He grew up here and graduated from Dunbar High School. He received bachelor's and medical degrees from Howard University. During World War II, he was a captain in the Army Medical Corps and served in the Pacific.

He was a staff physician at Howard University Hospital.

Dr. Thurston was a member of the National Medical Association, the D.C. Medico-Chirurgical Society, the American Medical Association, the American Association of Family Practice, the Peoples Congregational Church and the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

His wife, Ruth Owens Thurston, died in 1989.

Survivors include three children, Roger G. Thurston III of Washington, Candace Shropshire of Alexandria and Kathi G. Thurston of Silver Spring; a sister, Altena Buckner of Washington; and three grandchildren.


Surgeon & VA Official

J. Roscoe Creer, 84, a retired Washington surgeon and former Veterans Administration official, died of pneumonia June 9 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.

Dr. Creer practiced general surgery in Washington from 1941 to 1970, then was an associate member of the VA veterans appeals board until retiring a second time in 1985. He was a recipient of the VA's Distinguished Career Award.

During his years in private practice, he served on the surgical staffs of the old Emergency and Doctors hospitals in Washington, as well as the old Garfield Hospital, and at Children's, Suburban, and Sibley Memorial hospitals.

He was past president of the Washington Host Lions from 1958 to 1959. He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the Southern Surgical Association and Congressional Country Club. His hobbies included golf.

Dr. Creer, who came here in 1929, was born in Spanish Fork, Utah. He served in the Marine Corps reserves from 1930 to 1935. He was a graduate of Brigham Young University and George Washington University's medical school. He served his internship and a surgical residency at the old Emergency Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Isabel Hodge Creer of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Rowena C. Garver and Lorraine C. Bibby, both of Bethesda; two sons, Heath Douglas Creer of Silver Spring, and R. Bradford Creer of Bethesda; a brother, Preston J., of Helena, Mont.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.