John Adams Bross Sr., 79, former deputy to the director of central intelligence for programs evaluation at the CIA, died of cancer Oct. 16 at his home in McLean.

Mr. Bross was born in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He practiced law in New York before World War II.

During World War II he served in Europe with the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the CIA. He was discharged as a colonel and was awarded a Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star.

In 1948, Mr. Bross moved to the Washington area to work on the staff of the task force on the national military establishment for the Hoover Commission. He was assistant general counsel to the U.S. High Commissioner to Germany from 1949 to 1951, then from 1951 to 1971 worked for the CIA.

He was assigned at the U.S. Embassy in Bonn from 1957 to 1959. From 1963 to 1971, he was deputy to the director of central intelligence for programs evaluation. After retiring in 1971, Mr. Bross continued to function as an informal adviser to the CIA.

"John Bross was a tower of strength to every CIA director from Alan Dulles to William Casey," said Richard Helms, who served as director of central intelligence from 1966 to 1973. "I was a particular beneficiary of his wise counsel."

In retirement, Mr. Bross was chairman of the board of directors of the Central Atlantic Environment Center in Washington, an environmental watchdog agency.

His marriage to the former Priscilla Prince ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne Bass Bross of McLean; their son, Dr. Peter F. Bross of San Francisco; three children from his first marriage, Wendy B. Frazier of Keene, N.H., Justine Yildiz of Cambridge, Mass. and John Adams Bross Jr. of Chicago; two stepchildren, Joanne Field of Peterborough, N.H., and Marshall Field V of Chicago and Hobe Sound, Fla., and 15 grandchildren.


Foreign Service Officer

Robert J. Carle, 66, a retired Foreign Service officer, died of cancer Oct. 3 at a hospital in Coronado, Calif.

Mr. Carle was a native of Coronado. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe. He graduated from Georgetown University and joined the Foreign Service in 1949.

His overseas assignments included duty in Argentina, the Soviet Union, France, Iran, Pakistan and Colombia. His last assignment was as charge d'affaires in Libya. He retired in 1978 and returned to Coronado in 1979.

Since 1980, he had been a field representative in California for the International Service Agencies, a nonprofit fund-raising organization.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Suzanne Carle of Corando; three children, Lisa Carle of Washington, Barbara Carle of Madison, Wis., and Robert Carle of San Diego; a brother, Tom Carle of Washington state; and two grandchildren.


Music Teacher

Rudy Lewis, 77, an organist and pianist who had taught music at his studio in Washington since the late 1950s, died of cancer Oct. 15 at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in Falls Church.

Mr. Lewis was born in London. He was a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. During World War II, he did a music show for the British Broadcasting Corp.

He came to the United States in 1950 and lived in New York City for a short time before moving to the Washington area. He played in area bands and gave organ concerts. In the late 1950s, he established his music studio.

He was a member of Musician's Local 161-710 of the American Federation of Musicians.

Survivors include his wife, Marion Lewis of Falls Church; two children, Nita Coleman of Rockville and Paul A. Lewis of Akron, Ohio; a brother, Lew Lewis of La Jolla, Calif.; and four grandchildren.


Church Member

Lillian T. James, a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hyattsville who was a teacher with the Prince George's County school system in the 1930s and 1940s, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 16 at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.

Mrs. James, who lived in Hyattsville, was born in Elkins, W.Va. She graduated from Frostburg (Md.) State Teachers College. In the early 1930s, she became a teacher at the Jay Enos Ray Elementary School in Takoma Park. She taught there until 1942.

Survivors include her husband, Clement H. James of Hyattsville; a daughter, Christie Lawrence of Laurel; a sister, Naomi Teter of Cumberland, Md.; and one grandchild.