Edward A. Jamison, 80, a retired Foreign Service officer and a specialist in Latin American affairs, died of congestive heart failure July 6 at the Collington Episcopal Life Care Center in Mitchellville, Md.

Mr. Jamison, a former resident of Chevy Chase, was born in Pontiac, Ill. He graduated from Northwestern University and received master's degrees in history from Tufts and Harvard universities and a doctorate in history from Harvard.

He taught at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., before moving to the Washington area in 1945 and joining the State Department. He worked in the office of Inter-American affairs until 1955, when he attended the National War College.

In 1956, he joined the Foreign Service and went to Costa Rica as deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy there. He also served in Guatemala before returning to Washington in 1960 as director of the Office of Inter-American Affairs in the State Department.

Mr. Jamison later was director of political-military affairs of the NATO Atlantic Command in Norfolk and then a member of the Foreign Service inspectorate. He was consul general in Monterrey, Mexico, when he retired in 1969.

He twice was awarded the State Department's Meritorious Service Award.

From 1969 to 1973, Mr. Jamison taught at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.

He then taught at the National War College for a year, and later lectured in an American University retirement program. His wife, Helen Barry Jamison, died in 1988.

Survivors include two children, David C. Jamison of Annapolis and Alice R. Choate of Austin, Tex., and four grandchildren.


EPA Official

Paul Gabriel Ceresini, 67, a retired official of the Environmental Protection Agency and a past president of the Holy Name Society for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, died of cancer July 6 at Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Ceresini, a resident of Rockville, was born in Lebanon, Pa. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and attended Johns Hopkins University.

After the war, Mr. Ceresini joined the Veterans Administration in Lebanon. He later switched to the General Services Administration in Baltimore, and transferred to Washington with that agency about 1958. He went to work for the EPA in 1970 and was its chief executive supply officer when he retired in 1979.

He then worked part time for the Sears store at Montgomery Mall.

Mr. Ceresini was a member of the parish council of St. Jude's Catholic Church in Rockville and president of the parish Holy Name Society. He was a former grand knight of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Montgomery County Lodge No. 2288 of the Loyal Order of the Sons of Italy.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Gladys Ceresini of Rockville; five children, Marie Delores Burns of Washingtonville, N.Y., Paul Peter Ceresini of Rockville, Gerard and John Michael Ceresini, both of Frederick, Md., and Theresa Rose Coulter of Olney; a sister, Madeline Mancuso of Lebanon; and nine grandchildren.