William E. Minshall, 79, an Ohio Republican who served 20 years in the House of Representatives before retiring in 1974, died Oct. 15 at his home in Chevy Chase of complications after strokes.

Mr. Minshall was the ranking Republican on the Defense and Transportation Appropriations subcommittees and dean of Ohio's Republican delegation before his retirement. Before his election to Congress he was an Ohio state legislator and assistant attorney general.

In the late 1970s, after he retired from Congress, Mr. Minshall was a target of well-publicized Justice Department investigations into charges that South Korean businessman Tongsun Park had paid substantial sums of money to members of Congress in return for favors. Mr. Minshall denied ever having accepted money from Park, and nothing came of the investigation against him.

Mr. Minshall was a native of Cleveland. He attended the University of Virginia and received a law degree from Cleveland Law School. He practiced law in Cleveland, then in 1939 and 1940 served in the Ohio General Assembly.

During World War II he served in the Army in Europe and was awarded a Bronze Star and four battle stars.

After the war he returned to his law practice in Cleveland. He later served in the Ohio Attorney General's Office and as general counsel to the U.S. Maritime Board and Maritime Administration in Washington before his election to Congress.

After retiring from Congress, Mr. Minshall was a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington.

He was a member of the board of visitors of the U.S. Military, Naval and Air Force academies. He was a regent emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of Burning Tree Club, Columbia Country Club and Capitol Hill Club.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Smith Minshall, and three sons, William E. Minshall III, Werner Ellis Minshall and Peter Charles Minshall, all of Chevy Chase.


Rehabilitative Engineer

Joseph E. Traub, 62, a retired rehabilitative engineering director of the U.S. Department of Education, died of cancer Oct. 13 at his home in Alexandria.

He came to the Washington area and began his government career in 1967 with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. His work in rehabilitative engineering included work on wheelchair control systems, internal joint replacements and reading equipment for the blind. He retired in 1989.

Mr. Traub, who was born in Indiana, attended Indiana University and the Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in New York. In 1951, he became director of prosthetics and orthotics at the University of Buffalo's rehabilitation center.

In 1956 he went to California, where he opened a medical hardware business and taught and was a research assistant at the University of California at Los Angeles medical school. In 1963 he went to the University of Washington, where he helped establish an undergraduate curriculum in prosthetics and orthotics. From 1964 to 1967, he directed a prosthetic research study supported by the Veterans Administration in Seattle.

In addition to his work with the U.S. government, Mr. Traub worked for Egypt and received an award from the Yugoslavian government for his work in rehabilitation. He was a 1982 recipient of the Isabelle and Leonard Goldenson Award for research in medicine and technology relating to cerebral palsy.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Schoenfeld Traub of Alexandria; three sons, Michael, of Sumner, Wash., Daniel, of North Bend, Wash., and David, of Alexandria; and two grandchildren.


Navy Captain

William Robert Munroe Jr., 70, a retired Navy captain who served in three wars, died of emphysema Oct. 2 at a hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

Capt. Munroe was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Washington. He graduated from St. Albans School for Boys and the University of Virginia and joined the Navy in 1942.

During World War II he was a PT boat commander in the Pacific. Subsequent duty included participation in combat operations during the Korean War and service in Vietnam. He also served as naval attache in London, commanded the light missile cruiser Charles Francis Adams and participated in missile design programs. While serving in the Navy he received a master's degree in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Capt. Munroe retired from the Navy in 1972 after serving as director of operations and planning in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington. His decorations included the Legion of Merit and five Bronze Stars.

In retirement he worked at Vitro Labs in Silver Spring, where he specialized in missiles and combat systems design. A former resident of McLean, Capt. Munroe moved to La Jolla in 1980.

He was active in Republican Party politics in Northern Virginia. He was a member of the Chevy Chase Club.

Survivors include his wife, Carlota Munroe of La Jolla, and two children, William Robert Munroe III of New York City and Maria Munroe Brown of Venice, Calif.


Investments Manager

John L. Stone, 83, a former engineer who since World War II had managed his investments, died of heart disease Oct. 9 at his home in Washington. He had been a permanent resident of the Washington area since 1946.

Mr. Stone was born in Osceola Mills, Pa. He graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology. During the 1930s he worked as an engineer in Pennsylvania and at Ford Motor Co. in Detroit.

He served in the office of the secretary of the Navy during World War II and remained in the Naval Reserve after the war.

His avocation was the study of diatoms -- single-celled animals that often are used in geological study. He was a fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society.

Mr. Stone was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

His marriage to Eloise Fletcher Stone ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, John Lynwood Stone Jr. of Centreville and Lela Lynwood Barnes Stone of Gaithersburg.


State Department Official

George A. Monahan, 70, a retired State Department official and former contracts specialist with the Central Intelligence Agency, died of cancer Oct. 12 at his home in Rockville.

He worked for the CIA from 1952 to 1967. He then joined the State Department, from which he retired in 1977 as procurement branch chief.

Mr. Monahan, who came to the Washington area in 1952, was a native of New York City. He was an honors graduate of the University of Scranton and served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Rockville. He belonged to Rock Creek Council No. 2797 of the Knights of Columbus in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife, the former Agnes Shannon, and a son, Thomas J., both of Rockville; three daughters, Kathleen M. Kenyon of Potomac, Rita Monahan of New Orleans and Marian K. Monahan of Rockville; and three grandchildren.