Jacob I. Karro, 80, a retired lawyer with the Labor Department and other federal agencies, died of pneumonia Sept. 12 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He also had a stroke.

Mr. Karro, a resident of Silver Spring, was born in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University, where he also received a law degree. He received a doctorate in labor law from Georgetown University.

In 1935, he moved to Washington and joined the Labor Department as an economist. In 1936, he transferred to the National Labor Relations Board. In 1947, he joined the military government in West Germany and became chief of the legal affairs division in the Office of the U.S. High Commissioner.

In 1954, Mr. Karro returned to Washington and joined the Public Housing Administration. In 1958, he went back to the Labor Department. At different times he headed the divisions for fair labor standards and labor-management laws in the Office of the Solicitor General of the department.

From 1967 to 1973, Mr. Karro was a professor of labor law at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. He then joined the Labor Department again and was in charge of appellate litigation in the fair labor standards division until he retired from the government in 1977.

Mr. Karro was a consultant after that, and he also was a volunteer attorney for the elderly in Washington. In 1982, he suffered a heart attack and a stroke, and he had been in full retirement since then.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Elliot Karro, whom he married in 1937, of Silver Spring; three children, David Karro of Falls Church, Jill Lady of Cheverly, and Janet Evans of Gaithersburg; and six grandchildren.

TOMIE S. LAMB

Area Resident Since 1957

Tomie Shimura Lamb, 66, an area resident since 1957 who was a member of the Tokyo Women's Club of Washington, died of cancer Sept. 13 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Mrs. Lamb, who lived in Washington, was a native of Japan. She attended college in Japan.

Her husband, Richard H. Lamb, died in 1959. Her survivors include a son, Richard Jr., of Boston.