Harry Arthur Boswell, 68, a former Prince George's County lawyer and real estate investor who also was active in Maryland politics, died of a stroke June 16 at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

Mr. Boswell had spent much of the past 20 years restoring an ancestral castle and its grounds in Kirkcaldy, and in that period had lived in Baltimore, Upper Captiva Island, Fla., and Scotland.

He was active in Maryland politics during the 1950s and 1960s, when he was chairman of Maryland's Economic Development Commission and director of the state's Office of Economic Opportunity, which administered local application of the federal antipoverty program.

He also served as regional representative to the Appalachian Regional Commission and as a member of the board of regents of the University of Maryland. He was a former president of the University of Maryland Alumni Association.

In 1966, he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for the House of Representatives from Maryland's 5th District, which then included Prince George's and Charles counties.

A native Washingtonian, Mr. Boswell graduated from Hyattsville High School and the University of Maryland. He was an Army pilot in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he received a law degree from Georgetown University.

Later, he was a lawyer, economist, land-use consultant and planner and real estate developer and investor based in Hyattsville. He played a key role in developing Prince George's Plaza in the late 1950s and in the development of other projects around the county in the growth period of the 1950s and 1960s

He was a former president of the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce and from 1948 to 1978 was on the board of directors of the Citizens Bank & Trust Co. of Maryland. He was named Realtor of the Year by the Real Estate Association of Maryland in 1956.

In 1974, Mr. Boswell closed his business office, although he continued to work for individual clients.

About 20 years ago, Mr. Boswell acquired Balmuto Castle in Scotland, which had fallen into ruin. He had traced his ancestry to Boswells who owned the castle as far back as the 13th century. For about the past 20 years, he worked on the restoration of the castle and its gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Margery Bosell of Balmuto Castle, Baltimore and Captiva Island; five children, Harry Arthur Boswell, Charles Bruce Boswell and Rebecca Swanston, all of Baltimore, Sandra Jane Boswell of Gainesville, Fla., and Christopher Moses Boswell of Pine Island, Fla.; and five grandchildren.


Patent Examiner

Douglas Jay Drummond, 65, a retired patent examiner at the U.S. Patent Office, died June 27 at his home in Flagler Beach, Fla., after a heart attack.

Mr. Drummond was a Washington native and a graduate of the University of Maryland. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific.

He went to work at the Patent Office in 1948. He retired in 1980 and moved to Berkeley Springs, W.Va. He moved to Florida in 1986.

Mr. Drummond was a Mason and a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Eldbrooke United Methodist Church in Washington.

His first wife, Alice Prigg Drummond, died in 1959.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Shirley Drummond of Flagler Beach; three children from his first marriage, Carl Henry Drummond of Arlington, Brian J. Drummond of Swampscott, Mass., and Laura D. Megill of Warren, Pa.; three stepchildren, Melvin Case of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Cheryl Gannett of Rockville and Benjamin Case of Moneta, Va.; a sister, Dorothy Sowter of Ashton, Md.; and 12 grandchildren.


Marine Corps Official

John Nelson Fenton, 69, a retired assistant dean of the U.S. Marine Corps Institute, a correspondence school for Marines, died of cancer June 28 at the Manor Care nursing home in Arlington.

Mr. Fenton was born in Radnor, Pa. He graduated from Shippensburg (Pa.) State Teachers College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he also received a master's degree in education. During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific.

In 1948, Mr. Fenton moved to the Washington area and worked at the U.S. Marine Corps Institute, which is located at the Washington Navy Yard. He retired in 1983.

He was a member of the Civil War Roundtable, the Columbia Historical Society and the Capital Hiking Club.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Fenton, whom he married in 1958, of Arlington.


GPO Printer

Jeremiah Joseph Perry Sr., 71, a retired Government Printing Office printer, died of cancer June 18 at Washington Hospice.

Mr. Perry was a lifelong Washington resident. He served in the Navy during World War II.

He retired from the GPO in 1977 after 35 years of service.

He was a member of Tabernacle Beth-El in Washington.

His wife, Elizabeth Parrish Perry, died in 1983.

Survivors include seven daughters, Rachel Ware, Geraldine Weatherford, Betty Parker, Vera Lee, Jacqueline Powell, Phyllis Morgan and Cynthia Perry, and a son, Jeremiah J. Perry Jr., all of Washington; five sisters, Elizabeth Wilkins, Mary Perry, Earlena McCormick, Shirley Lemieux and Sylvia Perry, and four brothers, James, Frank, Bobby and Paul Perry, also all of Washington; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.