Russell A. Hawes, 85, Alexandria's police chief for 18 years before he retired in 1970, died of heart ailments July 23 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Hawes served 39 years in the Alexandria Police Department before retiring. He joined the force in 1931 and served four years as inspector and chief of detectives before his appointment as chief in 1952.

His final years as police chief coincided with a period of rising tensions between what then was an all-white police department and Alexandria's black community. In 1965 Mr. Hawes hired Alexandria's first black police officer, making Alexandria the first of Washington's major suburban jurisdictions to hire a black officer. He also established the city's first community relations unit and helped found the Northern Virginia Police Academy.

A lifelong resident of Alexandria, Mr. Hawes graduated from Alexandria High School. As a young man he was a semiprofessional football player and a heavyweight prizefighter, fighting under the name of "Battle Axe Hawes." Later he was an engineer at the city's old gas plant.

He was a 33rd-Degree Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason and a Shriner.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Vernell M. Hawes of Alexandria; a brother, Jack Hawes of Alexandria; and three sisters, Margaret Gilliam of Alexandria, Mary Ridgeley of Leigh, Fla., and June Jenner of Gaithersburg.


Women's Clubs Leader

Etta Belle Walker Northington, 87, a past president of the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs and the 1963 volunteer of the year of the Virginia Heart Association, died of congestive heart failure July 13 at Goodwin House in Alexandria.

Mrs. Northington, who had lived at Goodwin House since 1979, was born in Portsmouth, Va. She was a graduate of the College of William & Mary. She lived in Petersburg and Fredericksburg before moving to the Washington area in 1966 and settling in Leisure World in Silver Spring.

During the 1930s, Mrs. Northington was a board member of the Virginia Cancer Society. In the 1950s, she was a board member of the Virginia Heart Association. She also was a past board member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the League of Women Voters.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Oscar Fitzallen Northington Jr. of Alexandria.


Electronics Engineer

John Ray, 78, a retired electronics engineer in the Navy Department whose assignments included work on long-range missiles, died July 25 at his home in Annandale. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Ray was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. He served in the Army in World War II. He graduated from the Indiana Technical College.

He went to work for the Navy Department in Indianapolis after the war and transferred to the Washington area in 1959. He retired in 1978.

Mr. Ray was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and St. Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale.

Survivors include his wife, Yolonda F. Ray of Annandale, whom he married in 1946; four children, Susan Baughman and Victoria Alspaugh, both of Atlanta, John Ray Jr. of Dumfries and Carol Wheeler of Richmond; a brother, Stanley Ray of Oxnard, Calif.; and six grandchildren.


Sodality Member

Margaretta Connor Bogan, 83, a lifelong resident of the Washington area and a former member of the Sodality at Christ the King Catholic Church in Silver Spring, died July 24 at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, Del. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Bogan was a resident of Bethesda, and she had a summer residence in Rehoboth Beach, Del. A native of Washington, she graduated from Holy Trinity School. From the late 1920s to the mid-1930s, she was a secretary at the State Department.

She was a member of the Samaritan Society, a church organization.

Her husband, C. Warren Bogan, died in 1972, and a daughter, Trisha Dolores Bogan, died in 1966.

Survivors include four children, Kathy Bogan Cannady of Chevy Chase, Meg Bogan of Washington, Dennis Bogan of Olney and Luisa Bogan Hill of Bethesda; two sisters, Kathleen C. Peak and Dolores C. Benevento, both of Chevy Chase; and three grandchildren.