Max J. King, 70, a retired Air Force colonel who served in three wars and later held high volunteer posts with the American Red Cross, died of cancer Aug. 2 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

A pilot by profession, Col. King was a flight instructor in New Mexico during World War II and was later sent to the Pacific. During the Korean War, he was credited with leading the last combat mission flown with P-51 Mustangs, a propeller-driven fighter plane that became famous during World War II. He also flew F-86 Sabre jets in Korea.

In Vietnam, Col. King flew 120 combat missions while serving as an adviser to the South Vietnamese air force.

His military decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with four oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster.

A resident of Arlington, Col. King was born in St. Joseph, Mo. He attended what is now Kansas State University. In 1941, he joined the Army Air Corps. He transferred to the Air Force when it became a separate service in 1947. Apart from war service, he was stationed at various bases in the United States, Japan, and the Philippines over the years. He was a wing commander at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma when he retired in 1971.

He later accompanied his wife, also an Air Force officer, on her assignments to Alabama, West Germany and Britain. They settled in the Washington area in 1986.

In 1984, Col. King became a full-time volunteer with the American Red Cross. He was national vice chairman of volunteers, helping members of the armed services, and then deputy national chairman of volunteers.

Col. King was a member of the Daedalians, a military flying organization.

His marriages to the former Margaret Clak and the former Rosalie Morrison ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, retired Air Force Col. Barbara P. King of Arlington; three children by his first marriage, Dr. Richard M. King of Cincinnati, Janet Generaux of Rushville, Mo., and John C. King of Denver; two children by his second marriage, Karen Reed of Oakley, Calif., and Gary A. King of Sandia Park, N.M.; a sister, Ruth Kerr of Beaver, Pa.; and three grandchildren.


Defense Department Official

Robert W. Workman, 69, a retired Defense Department official who lived in the Washington area for 26 years before moving to South Carolina in 1980, died of cancer Aug. 1 at his home in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Mr. Workman was a native of Letts, Iowa, and an Army veteran of World War II. He began his civilian government career with the Navy Department in 1942 at the Naval Supply Depot in San Diego. He transferred here in 1954 and joined the Navy's Bureau of Ships, where he became head of field staffing policies.

In 1967, he joined the office of the Secretary of Defense as director of staffing and career management. He retired in 1979. For the next year, he worked for Camack, a Washington consulting firm, where he administered contracts with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Forney Workman of Myrtle Beach; two sons, James W., of Fairfax Station, and Ronald W. of Waldorf; a brother, Kenneth, of Orange, Calif.; and a grandchild.


Security Guard

Leonard W. "Dinks" Dorsett, 73, a retired security guard with the General Services Administration who was a Mason and a Shriner, died of pneumonia Aug. 1 at Howard University Hospital. He had diabetes.

Mr. Dorsett, a lifelong resident of Washington, graduated from Armstrong High School. He served in the Army during World War II.

He was a cook for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad before joining the GSA about 1950. He retired in 1969.

As a Mason, Mr. Dorsett was a past potentate of Mecca Lodge No. 10 and a member of Harmony Lodge No. 22, Prince Hall Lodge, the Knights Templar and the Clowns Club. He also was a 50-year member of Zion Baptist Church in Washington.

His wife, Vivian I. Dorsett, died in 1981. Survivors include six children, Leonard O. Dorsett and Gloria D. Edwards, both of Silver Spring, Ralph B. Dorsett of Atlanta, Brenda Louise Dorsett and Inga Inez Dorsett, both of Washington, and Donald C. Dorsett of Adelphi; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.


Telecommunications Expert

A.C. Lewis, 60, a staff scientist at Integrated Microcomputer Systems Inc. who had worked in the computer and telecommunications industries for more than 30 years, died of cancer Aug. 1 at his home in Rockville.

Mr. Lewis was born in Tunkhannock, Pa. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and was stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in 1957. His duties involved computer installation and programming.

In 1961, when he left the service, he joined the UNIVAC division of the Sperry Corp. He helped design computer-controlled systems for the government and several airlines.

In 1968, he went to work for COMTEN Inc., and in 1972 joined the Computer Network Corp., a time-sharing company where he became vice president for engineering. In 1984, he began working for Integrated Microcomputer Systems Inc., where he was a senior technical adviser and senior data processing specialist.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Diane Lewis of Rockville; two children, Suzanne Elaine Lewis of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Michael Dwayne Lewis of Germantown; a sister, Elizabeth Lewis Emig of Addison, N.Y.; a brother, Robert Giles Lewis of San Antonio; and two grandchildren.


Naval Research Lab Official

Arthur M. Knopp, 77, a retired official of the Naval Research Laboratory, where he was head of the systems analysis section of the search radar branch, died July 16 at Washington Hospital Center, where he had undergone open-heart surgery.

Mr. Knopp, a resident of McLean, was born in Roxbury, Mass. He moved to the Washington area in 1942 and went to work for the Naval Research Laboratory. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University.

In the course of his career, Mr. Knopp worked on a number of projects involving radar, including the development of a system for studying ionospheric phenomena affecting detection of ballistic missiles. He retired in 1972.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth B. Knopp, whom he married in 1943, of McLean; a daughter, Lynda R. Carter of Falls Church; and two grandchildren.


Beer Distributor

Hugh C. Irey, 92, a Washington native who became a beer distributor in the Los Angeles area, died of heart ailments Aug. 2 at Washington Adventist Hospital.

Mr. Irey served in the Army during World War I, then worked for the old Tilden Gardens Hotel in Washington. In the 1930s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he was a revenue agent for the Bureau of Internal Revenue. After World War II, he had an Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship in Los Angeles.

In 1970, he returned to the Washington area and settled in Takoma Park. He was a part-time employee of the Small Business Administration for about four years and a volunteer with the Takoma Park Police Department.

His wife, Ned Irey, died in 1970. A son, Warner Irey, died about 1950. Survivors include two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Washington Post Printer

Raymond C. White, 63, a Washington Post printer and linotype operator who was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Washington, died of cancer Aug. 2 at Washington Hospital Center. He lived in Washington.

Mr. White was a native of Washington and had attended Armstrong High School. He had worked for The Post since the early 1950s.

Survivors include his wife, Mary J. White of Washington, from whom he was separated; their five sons, Ulysses, Bruce, Theodore, Timothy and Gregory White, all of Washington; another son, Gary Quarles of New York City; his mother, Gladys White of Washington; three half-brothers; and three half-sisters.


Former Area Resident

Edith Heffernan, 79, a former Washington and Arlington resident who had lived in this area from 1957 to 1976, died of cancer Aug. 2 at a nursing home in Venice, Fla. She lived in Boca Grande, Fla.

She was named "first lady of the National Press Club" in 1969. Her husband, John W. "Pat" Heffernan, had served as club president. Mrs. Heffernan was a native of New Haven, Conn.

In addition to her husband, of Boca Grande, her survivors include a son, Anthony, of Atlanta.