John J. Corson III, 84, an economist, author, former government official and newspaper executive who was a retired management consultant, died Sept. 2 at Arlington Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Fairfax.

Dr. Corson came to Washington in the mid-1930s. Over the next decade, he served as assistant executive director of the Social Security Board, then director of its old age and survivors insurance bureau, and deputy director of the U.S. Employment Service. He also had worked for the National Youth Administration and the National Recovery Administration.

He was deputy director general of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in 1944 to 1945. He then spent five years with The Washington Post, where he was research director, circulation director and assistant business manager. From 1951 to 1966, he worked for the mangement consulting firm McKinsey & Co., where he was managing partner of the Washington offices.

Dr. Corson was an adviser to the secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from 1966 to 1968; board chairman of Fry Consultants Inc. from 1969 to 1973; and a consultant to foreign governments and international organizations from 1974 to 1983.

He also had taught international affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and served on a presidential commission on federal salary levels in the 1960s. He was a past president of the American Society of Public Administration and the American Blood Commission.

Over the years, he also had served as trustee or director of Marymount College, George Mason University, the Wolf Trap Foundation and the Educational Testing Service. He was the author of a dozen books on government and administration and had contributed articles to the New York Times magazine, the Atlantic and the Harvard Business Review.

Dr. Corson, a former Arlington and McLean resident, was born in Washington and grew up in Philadelphia. He was a 1926 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he also received a master's degree and a doctorate in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Before moving here, he had been an editorial associate at the Richmond News Leader and taught economics and was head of the business administration school at the University of Richmond.

His wife of 44 years, the former Mary Turner Tilman, died in 1975. His surviors include a son, J.J. Corson IV of Oakton; a daughter, Nancy C. Gibbes of Columbia, S.C.; and six grandchildren.


World Bank Official

Alexander G. Nowicki, 62, a World Bank senior economist and division chief, died of leukemia Sept. 1 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Nowicki, a native of Poland and citizen of France, came to this country and joined the World Bank in 1965. After working in the Bank's economics department, he transferred to its Western Hemisphere department in 1971 and became a senior economist. He worked on projects involving Central America, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Haiti.

From 1982 to 1987, he was a senior economist in the office of the director of the South Asia projects department. His work there involved India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Since 1987, he had been chief of the industry and policy review division of the World Bank's operations evaluations department. He had worked in areas involving the evaluation and adjustment of loans.

He recently had completed a Bank mission to Poland to advise that country's government.

Mr. Nowicki obtained doctoral degrees in economics at both the University of Warsaw and the University of Paris. He worked for the Polish national planning commission from 1951 to 1957. He then went to Paris and joined the Institute of Applied Economic Science, where he was research director when he left in 1965 to join the World Bank.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Danuta, of Bethesda; a daughter, Ewa Bernateau, his mother, Rose Nowicki, and a brother, Thaddeus, all of Paris; and a granddaughter.


Navy Official

Irvin I. Miller, 81, a retired civilian official of the Navy's Bureau of Ships who was active in Jewish groups in Montgomery County, died of cancer Sept. 3 at a hospital in Hallandale, Fla. He lived in Hallandale.

Mr. Miller had served as president of the Montgomery County chapter of B'nai B'rith in the 1950s. He had helped found Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, and was a founder and past president of Temple Emanuel in Kensington.

He spent 25 years with the Bureau of Ships before retiring in 1964. He had been the bureau's congressional liaison officer and assistant to its director. In 1964, he helped found Yeager & Miller real estate company in Silver Spring. He served as its president until retiring a second time in the mid-1970s. He later moved to Florida.

Mr. Miller, who came here in 1931, was born in Baltimore. He was a 1931 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he received an engineering degree. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland law school.

His first wife, Gertrude L. Miller, died in 1961. Survivors include his wife, Anne, of Hallandale; two sons by his first marriage, Jon, of Potomac, and Herbert, of Washington; two stepchildren, Beverly Schiff of Washington and Joel Freedman of Atlanta; a sister, Lena Singer of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


Church Member

Dorothy Archambault Howard, 70, who had been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda for 49 years, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 1 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.

Mrs. Howard, who was born in Washington, graduated from Georgetown Visitation Convent. In the late 1930s and 1940s, she had been a secretary with the British Purchasing Commission here.

She was a member of Columbia Country Club. Her hobbies included gardening and bridge.

Survivors include her husband, George C. Howard Jr. of Bethesda; a son, G. Frank Howard of Chevy Chase; three daughters, Ruth Howard of Boston, Lesley McCaskill of Bethesda, and Christine Lesnak of Silver Spring; a sister, Ruth Salb of Bethesda; and nine grandchildren.


Area Resident Since 1963

Laura Ellis Mulligan, 72, an area resident since 1963 who in recent years had done volunteer work for the elderly, died of cancer Aug. 31 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Chevy Chase.

In her earlier years, she had been a Girl Scout leader.

Mrs. Mulligan was born into an Army family in Mercedes, Tex., and grew up on Army posts across the country and in Germany. She graduated in 1940 from George Washington University, where she was a member of the rifle team and riding club.

In 1941, she married Tracy E. Mulligan Jr., who was commissioned in the Army in 1942. She accompanied him to posts in this country and Germany. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.

In addition to her husband, of Chevy Chase, survivors include two children, Tracy Ellis Mulligan and John Robert Mulligan, both of Silver Spring; her father, retired Army Col. E.D. Ellis of Chevy Chase; and six grandchildren.


Defense Dept. Official

Howard W. Bordner, 87, who retired from the Defense Department in 1963 as its deputy comptroller for accounting, finance and audits, died of respiratory arrest Aug. 31 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Washington.

He began his civilian government career here after serving as a Navy commander during World War II. He settled here in 1945 and joined the General Accounting Office, becoming a deputy division chief before transferring to the Defense Department.

Mr. Bordner, who was a native of Michigan, graduated from Northwestern University before becoming a certified public accountant in 1926. Before entering the Navy, he had been an accountant in the Chicago offices of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm.

He was a member of the Fossils.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Bessie M. Bordner of Washington; a son, Harrison, of Beltsville; a daughter, Joanne Telfer of Clinton, N.Y.; a brother, John, of Sturgis, Mich.; a sister, Dorothy Holmes of San Diego; and five grandchildren.


Navy Captain and Lawyer

Richard C. Smith, 68, a retired Navy captain who practiced general law in McLean from 1972 to 1984, died Aug. 31 at his home in McLean after a heart attack.

In addition to practicing law in Virginia, he served as a public defender in the District of Columbia.

Capt. Smith, who had lived here since 1967, was born in Pisgah, Ala. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama and its law school.

He served in the Navy 30 years before retiring in 1972. During World War II, he flew dive bombers from the carrier Lexington in the Pacific. During the Korean War, he flew Corsairs in Korea. After that, he worked as a Navy lawyer. He was stationed in London when he retired from active duty.

Capt. Smith was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in McLean. He was a Mason.

His wife, the former Cornelia Hodgkin, died in 1982. His survivors include a daughter, Lanier S. Glavin of McLean; a son, R.H. Taylor Smith of East Hampton, N.Y.; three brothers, Virgil E., of Huntsville, Ala., John P., of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Billy S., of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; six sisters, Jewel Wheeler of Scottsboro, Ala., Louise Bearden of Pisgah, Hatty Gant of Boaz, Ala., Helen Swearengin of Palm Harbor, Fla., Desse Cate of Virginia Beach, and Nell Johnson of Camden, Tenn.; and four grandchildren.


Volunteer Activist

Janet S. McDavid, 67, an area resident since 1952 who was active in volunteer groups, died of cancer Sept. 1 in her home in Fairfax.

In the mid-1980s, she had managed Yesterday's Rose gift shop in Fairfax. The shop's sales go to the handicapped. In addition to donating her time as manager, Mrs. McDavid also had been a recruiter for the store. She also had been active in other groups in Northern Virginia working to benefit the mentally retarded.

Mrs. McDavid was a past president of the Providence district of the Republican Women's Club in Fairfax.

She had been a member of Bruin Chapel United Methodist Church and had been both a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout troop leader.

Mrs. McDavid was a native of Pittsburgh, where she was an accountant in the bookkeeping department of Mellon National Bank from 1944 to 1950. She also had studied at the American Institute of Banking in Pittsburgh and had chaired the institute's Pittsburgh branch at one time.

Survivors include her husband, Frederick R., of Fairfax; three sons, Frederick Jr., of Harrisonburg, Va., Philip A., of Herndon, and Robert J., of Fairfax; two daughters, Susan M. Tanner of Centreville and Nora M. Corbin of Herndon; two brothers, Robert and James Smiley, and a sister, Gwendolyn Young, all of Pennsylvania; and six grandchildren.