Astere E. Claeyssens, 66, an English professor at George Washington University, the producer and star of an award-winning television series and a decorated veteran of World War II, died of pneumonia July 26 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chicago.

Mr. Claeyssens was hospitalized for complications from a liver transplant he received in 1986.

A resident of Washington, he was born in Waukegan, Ill. During World War II, he served as an infantryman in the Army in Europe. His military decorations included the Silver Star, two Bronze Star awards and the Purple Heart.

After the war, Mr. Claeyssens graduated from the University of Illinois, where he majored in English, and then went to Columbia University, where he received a master's degree in American literature. He taught at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh before moving here to join the faculty at George Washington.

Apart from his classroom teaching, Mr. Claeyssens was the producer, director, writer and star of "One to One," a series of 20 shows on public television about literature. He won an Emmy for the series.

His publications included a book, "Words and Music: An Introduction to American Musical Theater," which was published in 1982 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1986, he received the Columbian College Award for Distinguished Teaching at George Washington.

Survivors include a sister, Joan Gray of Littleton, Colo.


Church Member

Jean S. Barry, 70, a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Olney, died of cancer July 26 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Barry, a resident of Olney, was born in Norfolk, Va. She graduated from Furman University in Greenville, S.C. She had lived in the Washington area since 1964.

Survivors include her husband, retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. David C. Barry of Olney; three children, Caroline J. Barry of Los Angeles, Navy Lt. David C. Barry Jr. of Charleston, S.C., and Ellen J. Barry of Welcome, Md.; and five grandchildren.