Francis Edward Martineau, 69, a Bethesda newsletter publisher who was a retired Air Force Reserve colonel and former official of the Air Safety Foundation, was killed yesterday when the private plane he was flying crashed while approaching a runway at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va.

Also killed was Marjorie Van Vliet Zeuch, 67, of Warwick, R.I., president of the World Friendship Association.

Mr. Martineau and Mrs. Zeuch were attempting to promote peace and break a speed record for flying a single-engine plane to the capitals of the 48 contiguous states. They began their 4,000-mile journey in Providence, R.I., on May 29.

Officials said they took off from Columbus, Ohio, en route to Charleston early yesterday and were scheduled to complete their mission, which was called Operation Appleseed, at National Airport yesterday afternoon.

The aircraft went down in a wooded area about half a mile from the runway, said Sgt. Vic Gazitano of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

"He had fuel on board and the landing gear was down," said Frank Gurish, a Federal Aviation Administrator investigator at the scene. "It would appear he was of the notion he was on a normal landing pattern. It was on course. It was just lower than he should have been."

The speed record attempt was sanctioned by the National Aeronautic Association.

Mr. Martineau was the founder of Association Trends, a national weekly newspaper for associations. He started the business in 1973.

A native of Attleboro, Mass., he attended Brown University. During World War II, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and then the U.S. Army Air Forces, where he was a flight instructor. He later joined the Air Force Reserves.

After the war, he was an advertising executive in Rhode Island and registrar of motor vehicles for the state.

In 1966, Mr. Martineau came to Washington as an Air Force Reserve officer on active duty. A year later he was named executive director of the Air Safety Foundation and in 1969 he was made director of public relations for the Air Line Pilots Association. In 1972, he became general manager of the National Association of Counties. He gave that up to start Association Trends.

Mr. Martineau was a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Public Relations Society of America, the Air Force Association, the Retired Officers Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the World Future Society.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Dorothy "Dee" Martineau of Bethesda; four children, Jill Cornish of Takoma Park, Gail Parker of Rockville, Paul Martineau of Gaithersburg and Jane Mandeville of Satellite Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


Law School Dean

A. Allen King, 79, a former dean of the Washington College of Law at American University, died May 26 at a hospital in Tulsa, from injuries he suffered in a fall at his home.

Mr. King, who had lived in Tulsa since 1989, was a native of Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Tulsa and its law school. He received a master's degree in law from the University of Michigan law school.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces.

He was a professor and dean at the University of Tulsa law school before coming to Washington in 1965 as a law professor at American University. He was dean of the Washington College of Law from the late 1960s until the mid-1970s. He retired in 1978.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian S. King of Tulsa; two children, Virginia May Beckman of Middletown, Va., and Ronald Allen King of Adelphi; and three grandchildren.


World Bank Executive

John W. Lowe, 45, manager of portfolio operations for the World Bank, died June 12 at his home in Washington. Police said the death was a suicide by hanging.

Mr. Lowe was born in Sheboygan, Wis. He graduated from Yale University and received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University.

He came to Washington to work for the World Bank in 1972. From 1979 to 1982 he worked in New York for Lazard Freres, then returned to Washington to work for the World Bank.

His duties as manager of portfolio operations included data collection and analysis. He was also a member of the pension finance committee at the bank.

His marriage to Alexandra Lowe ended in divorce.

Survivors include his parents, Dr. and Mrs. James T. Lowe of Indianapolis, and a brother, Walter Lowe of Atlanta.


Weapons Expert

John A. Rosado, 53, a retired weapons expert with the Army's Harry Diamond Laboratories who became vice president of JAYCOR, a Vienna-based research and development firm, died of cancer June 14 at his home in Laurel.

Mr. Rosado was born in Baton Rouge, La. He moved to the Washington area as a child and graduated from Arlington's Washington-Lee High School. He graduated from Harvard, where he majored in physics. He served in the Army from 1959 to 1961, then joined the staff at Harry Diamond Laboratories as a physicist.

From 1968 until he retired from the Harry Diamond facility, Mr. Rosado was associate director of the laboratories and director of the research and technology division until 1988, when he retired. He was a specialist in the effects of nuclear weapons and survivability in radiation environments.

At JAYCOR he was responsible for the technical and management operations of the system survivability group. In recent years Mr. Rosado had been working on radio frequency weapon development and protection of military systems against radio frequency weapons.

He was the author of 150 technical reports, articles and symposium papers and had received a Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Department of the Army. He was a fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

Mr. Rosado was a former chairman of the board of trustees of the Unitarian Church of Rockville, where he sang in the choir. He also sang with a barbershop quartet, the Washington Civic Opera Society and a madrigal group called Henry VIII.

His marriage to the former Pauline Rendell ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Rosado of Laurel; two children from his first marriage, Jeffrey Rosado of Denver and Janet Rosado of Concord, N.H.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Rosado of Falls Church; two sisters, Wendy Whanger of Boones Mill, Va., and Valda Rosado of Hillsborough, N.C., and two granddaughters.


Army Colonel

Haakon Lindjord, 74, a retired Army colonel and a former official at the Office of Emergency Preparedness and the State Department, died June 14 at a nursing home in Chatham, N.J. He had Parkinson's disease.

Col. Lindjord was born in Norway. He came to the United States with his family in the mid-1920s and grew up in Seattle. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Washington and received a master's degree in international relations and a doctoral degree in political science from Princeton University.

Col. Lindjord spent most of his military career as an intelligence officer. He joined the Army during World War II and served in Europe. He also served in the Korean war.

In addition to his wartime service, his duties included assignments in Norway and at the Naval War College. His last assignment was on the military policy planning staff for international security affairs at the State Department.

He retired from active duty in 1968. His military decorations included two awards of the Legion of Merit.

He then served on the staff of Sen. Henry M. Jackson (D-Wash.) for a year before he was appointed by President Richard M. Nixon to the Office of Emergency Preparedness. In 1973, he transferred to the State Department's Office of Politico-Military Affairs, where he was a deputy director until he retired a second time in 1974.

He moved from McLean to Washington state in 1984 and to New Jersey in 1988.

He was member of the Princeton Club of Washington.

His wife, Nancy Lancaster Lindjord, died in 1981.

Survivors include four children, Jon D. Lindjord of Chicago, Richard C. Lindjord of Charles Town, W.Va., Bonnie L. Gilley of Salt Lake City, and Leigh L. Wohlfarth of Morristown, N.J.; and five grandchildren.


Navy Physicist

William J. Sette, 83, a retired physicist at the David A. Taylor Model Basin at the Naval Ship Research and Development Center at Carderock, died June 14 at his home in Bethesda. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Sette was born in Derby, Conn. After graduating from Yale University, he received a master's degree in physics at Lehigh University and a doctorate in physics at Catholic University of America.

He moved to the Washington area in 1940 and worked at the David A. Taylor facility. From 1941 to 1945, he headed its acoustics section. He then headed the ship dynamics section until 1961, when he took over the ship protection section.

Dr. Sette retired formally in 1970, but continued as a consultant until about 1980.

In the course of his career, he participated in nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in 1946 and at Eniwetok Atoll in 1955.

Dr. Sette was a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a member of the American Physical Society and Sigma Xi, an honorary scientific organization. He also was a past president of the Camellia Society of the Potomac Valley.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth B. Sette, whom he married in 1942, of Bethesda; a sister, Anna Milano of West Haven, Conn.; and a brother, Edward Sette of Milbrook, N.Y.


Library Accountant

Ruth Pearson Walsmith, 85, a retired library accountant and gift shop owner, died of cardiac arrest June 14 at the Pleasant Living Convalescent Center in Edgewater, Md.

Mrs. Walsmith, who lived in Edgewater and Wheaton, was born in New Albany, Ind. She moved to the Washington area around 1930.

From 1930 to 1960 she was an accountant at Fiction Lovers Library, a private lending library in Washington. During that period she also operated Ruth's Gift Shop.

She was a former member of St. Martin's and Nativity Catholic Churches in Washington.

Her husband, William J. Walsmith, died in 1987.

Survivors include two children, Joseph F. Walsmith of Edgewater and Anne W. Monteith of Alexandria; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


Washington Native

Ruth Burgess Jehle, 66, a Washington native and a graduate of McKinley Technical High School, died of cancer June 14 at her home in Citra, Fla.

Mrs. Jehle was a member of First Congregational Church in Washington, and she attended the University of Maryland. After her marriage in the late 1940s, she lived in New Jersey and Massachusetts before moving to Florida.

Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Arthur Jehle of Citra; three children, Virginia de Haan of Haverhill, Mass., and Paul and David Jehle, both of Plymouth, Mass.; a sister, Lucile Rowe of Silver Spring; a brother, Chester Burgess of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren.



Ruth Olsen Biehl, 79, a retired receptionist and a former member of First Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington, died June 10 at a hospital in Picayune, Miss. She had Parkinson's disease.

Mrs. Biehl, who moved to Picayune from Takoma Park in 1989, was a native of St. Louis. She came to the Washington area during World War II.

From the early 1960s until the mid-1970s, she worked as a receptionist for Dr. Allen Shepherd, a Washington ophthalmologist.

Her husband, George Biehl, died in 1985.

Survivors include two sons, Donald Biehl of Picayune and William Biehl of Livermore, Calif.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Accounting Assistant

Rufus Lydell Hogan, 30, an accounting assistant at the Washington law firm of Friedlander Misler Friedlander Sloan & Herz, died June 7 at his home in Washington. He had AIDS.

Mr. Hogan was born in Chattanooga, Tenn. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and the University of Maryland. He served in the Marine Corps in the early 1980s.

In 1983, he moved to Washington. He worked for the Hyatt Hotel corporation until 1985, when he became an accounting assistant at the Friedlander firm. He retired in September for health reasons.

Mr. Hogan was a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, and was a volunteer at the Whitman-Walker Clinic.

Survivors include his mother, Annie Ruth Hogan-Ansley of Chattanooga; two brothers, C. Lamont Hogan of Palm Bay, Fla. and Ramon C. Hogan of Atlanta; and a sister, Claraniece M. Hogan-Collins, a half sister, Wallethia A. Ansley-Brown and a grandmother, Janie Hogan, all of Chattanooga.