James C. Pettee, 79, a retired government economist who had been active in Arlington civic groups, died of pulmonary fibrosis Sept. 15 at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital. He lived at Goodwin House West in Falls Church.

Dr. Pettee, who lived in Arlington from the mid-1940s to 1987, was a native of Illinois.

He was a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he also received a doctorate in economics. He served with the Navy in intelligence posts in North Africa during World War II and in Japan for a short time after the war.

He settled here after the war and became a civilian employee of the Defense Department.

He worked on war plans projects involving the choice of possible nuclear weapons targets behind the Iron Curtain before transferring to what became the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

At OEP, he worked on studies of the effects on the U.S. economy of nuclear war and served as deputy chief of the OEP's national resource evaluation center before retiring in 1976.

Dr. Pettee was an organizer and past president of the Rock Spring Citizens Association in Arlington. He also had been chairman of a county citizens committee on school improvements in the early 1950s.

His wife, the former Dorothy Raines, died in July 1990. His survivors include a daughter, Virginia Pettee Sinatra of Tenancingo, Mexico; a brother, Horace, of Indianapolis; and a grandson.


Army Colonel

Robert William Wells, 61, a retired Army colonel and a retired deputy director of the Information Security Oversight Office, died Sept. 13 at George Washington University Hospital from complications after surgery for a tumor.

Col. Wells, who lived in Alexandria, was a native of St. Augustine, Fla. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1954.

He spent most of his military career as an intelligence officer. His assignments included duty in Europe and North Africa and in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972. His last assignment was with the Defense Department. He retired from active duty in 1975.

Col. Wells then joined the Interagency Classification Review Committee. In the late 1970s he went to the Information Security Oversight Office. He retired a second time in 1989.

His marriage to Pat Wells ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth K. Wells of Alexandria; a daughter from his first marriage, Teri K. White of Lakewood, Colo; and a daughter from his second marriage, Christina Lee Wells of Alexandria.


Church Member

Freda Lovitt Bierwagen, 78, an area resident since 1935 and a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Riverdale, died at her home in New Carrollton Sept. 13 after a heart attack.

Mrs. Bierwagen was a native of South Bend, Ind. During the early 1950s, she was a public school secretary in Chantilly. Her hobbies included making jewelry and bowling. From 1985 through 1987, she was a Maryland State Senior Olympics tenpin bowling champion. She also had been a member of the Greenbelt Women's Club.

Her husband, Walter J. Bierwagen, died in 1986. Survivors include two children, Ronald W. Bierwagen of Riva, Md., and Marilyn J. Tompkins of Seabrook; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.



Medorese M. Borg, 70, a retired assistant comptroller with Weaver Bros. Inc., a mortgage and property management concern in Washington, died of cancer Sept. 14 at her daughter's home in Silver Spring. She lived in Washington.

She had served as registrar of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Eleanor Wilson chapter in Washington.

Mrs. Borg, who was born in Superior, Wis., came here in 1953. She was a secretary-bookkeeper at the Carroll Arms Hotel near Capitol Hill in the 1950s, was a secretary-bookkeeper with a Rockville construction firm in the early 1960s, and worked for Weaver Bros. from 1967 until retiring in 1980. Later in the 1980s, she did accounting and bookkeeping work in her home.

Her marriages to George A. Jansen and Eugene V. Borg both ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons by her first marriage, Ronald George Jansen of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Richard Keith Jansen of Beltsville; a daughter by her second marriage, Susan Arlene Billingsley of Silver Spring; two sisters, Marjorie Hall of Houston and Virginia Muliken of Minneapolis; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


Navy Wife

Marjorie Leigh Young Lyman, 85, the widow of a Navy rear admiral who was active in the Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Colonial Garden Club and the Meals on Wheels program, died of a stroke Sept. 11 at the Ginger Cove retirement community in Annapolis.

Mrs. Lyman was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, where her father was a mining engineer. She grew up there and in Coronado, Calif. She graduated from the Broad Oaks Teacher Training School in Pasadena, Calif., and then became a kindergarten teacher in Coronado.

In 1928, she married Charles H. Lyman III, a Navy officer who retired as a rear admiral. She accompanied him to various duty stations in Hawaii and elsewhere in this country, including Washington, and also to London.

In 1965, the Lymans settled in Bethesda. Adm. Lyman died in 1972, and Mrs. Lyman moved to Annapolis the next year.

Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Lyman Miller of Wayne, Pa.; four granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.


Poster Store Owner

Nancy J. Roudebush, 63, who had been an owner and operator of Print and Poster, a Bethesda poster gallery and picture framing business, died of cancer Sept. 14 at her home in Chevy Chase.

Mrs. Roudebush was a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She moved to the Washington area in 1970. In 1974, she and her husband, William Roudebush, opened Print and Poster.

In addition to her husband, of Chevy Chase, survivors include four children, David Roudebush of San Bruno, Calif., Jane Everhart of Silver Spring, Edith Jones of Hillsboro, Va., and Emily Rosenbloom of Alexandria; a brother, John Hartlieb of Cincinnati; a sister, Elizabeth Weller of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and three grandchildren.