John Haywood Finlator, 78, who worked for the government for 35 years before retiring in 1972 as deputy director of the Justice Department's Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Bureau, died of cancer Aug. 17 at The Hermitage health center in Alexandria.

He began his federal government career in 1937 as a postal clerk in his native North Carolina. He later worked as a Civil Service Commission investigator, then came here in 1941 and held administrative jobs with the State Department.

His later posts included those of director of the office of manpower administration of the General Services Administration and head of the Food and Drug Administration's bureau of drug abuse control.

Mr. Finlator was a past president of the Arlington Kiwanis Club and chairman of the Arlington Red Cross. He had served on the boards of the local Salvation Army and the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He was a member of the Cosmos Club and the Sons of the American Revolution.

He had been a member of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, where he taught Sunday school and was a past chairman of the church administrative board.

He was a recipient of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare's Distinguished Service Award and the Bureau of Narcotics' highest honor, the Henry Manfredi Award. He was the author of a book, "The Drugged Nation," and several volumes of poetry.

Mr. Finlator had lived in Arlington for the past 44 years. He received a bachelor's degree in history and economics from North Carolina State University and a master's degree in management from American University. He had taught public administration classes at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Florence Boon Finlator of Arlington; two daughters, Florence Broaddus of Fairfax and Marcia Fletcher of St. Mary's, Ga.; a brother, Dr. William W. Finlator, and a sister, Dorothy Ingram, both of Raleigh, N.C.; and two grandsons.


Postal Attorney

Thomas Arthur Ziebarth, 62, a retired senior trial lawyer with the U.S. Postal Service, where he specialized in consumer fraud cases, died of heart ailments Aug. 16 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mr. Ziebarth, a resident of Washington since 1953, was born in Milwaukee. After graduating from Marquette University, he served in the Navy for three years in the early 1950s. He received his law degree at Georgetown University.

From 1955 to 1957, Mr. Ziebarth was general counsel of the International Commodities Corp. He then worked for the Federal Trade Commission. From 1960 to 1966, he was associated with the law firm of Shipley Akerman & Pickett, and for the next three years he worked for the Federal Maritime Commission.

From 1969 until 1988, when he retired, Mr. Ziebarth was a lawyer with the U.S. Postal Service. As an expert on consumer fraud, he spoke widely on that subject, appearing on such programs as "Good Morning America" and acting as a Postal Service spokesman in dealing with the media.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Ziebarth also taught communications law at American University.

He was a member of the D.C. and Virginia bar associations, and he had been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington, the John Carroll Society and the Thomas More Society.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ruth Helm Ziebarth, whom he married in 1954, of Washington; six children, Erika Jones and David C. Ziebarth, both of Washington, Lisa Klein of Reston, Mark T. Ziebarth of Kensington, Christopher H. Ziebarth of Silver Spring and Ellen R. Cole of Old Lyme, Conn.; his mother, Helen C. Ziebarth, and a brother, John C. Ziebarth, both of Sun Prairie, Wis.; and four grandchildren.