Marilyn F. Pollin, 62, a Bethesda psychotherapist and psychiatric social worker, died of cancer Oct. 23 at her home in Bethesda.

Mrs. Pollin, who came here in 1956, was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. A graduate of Adelphi College, she received a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

She was trained in the philosophy and psychotherapeutic methods of Otto Rank, the Austrian pupil of Sigmund Freud who developed a therapy at variance to Freud's and based on greater emphasis on will and individual choice.

In 1976, she became a founder and president of the Otto Rank Center in Washington. She also had served on the national board of the Otto Rank Association.

Mrs. Pollin, who had multiple sclerosis for 30 years, applied her training in combating the disease in herself and others. At one point, the disease left her bedridden, able only to crawl, with extreme dizziness that left her nearly unable to communicate.

She came to lead an active life, engaging in the private practice of psychotherapy from 1967 until her cancer was diagnosed about three months ago. She was cofounder and chairman of the Brief Therapy Service, and in 1981 founded the MS Roundhouse and served as its director. In 1967, she helped found the D.C. Institute of Mental Hygiene.

Mrs. Pollin maintained that the therapy she advocated was not a substitute for conventional treatment of MS, but an adjunct. Her therapy included exercises such as yoga, meditation for stress management, and "imaging," or picturing an illness and its healing in one's mind.

MS is a condition involving inflammation of nerve sheathing that interrupts neural messages. The course of the disease is in many ways unpredictable and erratic. While symptoms can be treated, it is incurable.

Mrs. Pollin was a consultant to the Washington Lighthouse for the Blind.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. William Pollin of Bethesda; a son, Dr. David Joshua Pollin, an Army captain stationed at Fort Carson, Colo.; a daughter, Laura JoAnne Herzog of Ber Sheza, Israel; a brother, Dr. Bernard J. Federman of Forest Hills, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.


Pepco Engineer

Locke R. Humbert, 84, a retired Potomac Electric Power Co. electrical engineer, died of heart ailments Oct. 20 at Joint Township Memorial Hospital in St. Mary's, Ohio. A Washington resident, he was stricken while visiting relatives.

Mr. Humber was born in Polkton, N.C. He graduated from North Carolina State University. He moved to the Washington area as a young man and received three law degrees, including a doctorate in juridical science, from George Washington University.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and retired from the reserves as a colonel in late 1950s.

He had worked 40 years for Pepco before retiring as electrical engineer in charge of government services in 1970.

He was a member of United Church in Washington, the Theodore Roosevelt Masonic Lodge in Arlington and the Scottish Rite.

His wife of 56 years, Emilie Boock Humbert, died in 1986. Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Anne Foote of Wapakoneta, Ohio; a sister, Ruth Bennett of Ansonville, N.C.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.



Louise Sevier Currey Nicholls, 62, a retired owner and operator of the Burdette C. Nicholls realty agency in Washington, and a former economic analyst with the National Security Agency, died of cancer Oct. 22 at the Washington Home Hospice.

Mrs. Nicholls, who lived in Washington, was a native of Chattanooga, Tenn. She graduated cum laude from Sweet Briar College.

She came to Washington in 1949 and went to work at the NSA in the early 1950s. She left in 1961 to join her second husband, Burdette C. Nicholls, in operating his realty company. He died in 1977. She sold the business in 1989 and retired.

Mrs. Nicholls was a member of the Washington Board of Realtors, the Sycamore Island Club and the Nature Conservancy.

Her first marriage, to Preston Collins, ended in divorce.

Survivors include four brothers, Robert Currey and Bradley Currey Jr., both of Atlanta, Hal S. Currey of Charleston, S.C., and Frederick G. Currey of Dallas.


Marine Biologist

Irwin Alperin, 70, a marine biologist who was executive director of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, died of coronary artery disease Oct. 16 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mr. Alperin, who lived in Rockville, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from Cornell University and received a master's degree in biology from New York University. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe.

He began his professional career with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, then served as chief marine biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.

In 1971, he moved here and became executive director of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, a nonprofit, nonregulatory interstate compact of 15 states.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Adele Alperin of Rockville; two children, Betsy Alperin of Silver Spring and Kenneth Alperin of North Potomac; and a grandson.


Piano Teacher

Owilda J. Curtis, 75, a longtime area piano teacher and former government employee, died of cancer Oct. 21 at George Washington University Hospital. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Curtis, who was born in Evanston, Ill., came to the Washington area at the age of three. She was a graduate of Cardozo High School and Howard University.

In 1941, she married Thomas W. Curtis, a State Department foreign service officer, and accompanied him to posts in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

Mrs. Curtis did secretarial and administrative work for the State Department in Liberia from 1951 to 1956, and editorial work here with the Smithsonian Institution and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. In the late 1950s, she did volunteer work in India with Mother Teresa.

She had given private piano lessons both here and abroad. She was still teaching at the time of her death. She also had studied classical guitar. Her hobbies included sewing and card games.

In addition to her husband, of Washington, her survivors include three daughters, Muriel Mohamed of Silver Spring, and Ingrid Curtis and Bernardette Curtis Pyndell, both of Washington; two sisters, Lucretia Somerville of San Jose and Evelyn Rogers of Washington; a brother, Edward Rogers of Washington; and five grandchildren.


Letter Carrier

Melvin C. Jones, 61, a retired letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, died of cancer Oct. 14 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Jones was a lifelong Washington resident. He attended Phelps Vocational High School and served in the Army in Korea during the war there.

He joined the Post Office Department in 1954 as letter carrier at the Main Post Office. He later worked at the Friendship Heights station and was assigned to the Ben Franklin station in Northwest Washington when he retired in 1987.

Survivors include his wife, Alice E. Jones of Washington; a daughter, Jacki Jones of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a stepson, William A. Patterson of Clinton; two brothers, Robert and Alonzo Jones, both of Washington; and a grandchild.


Butcher and Security Guard

Paul Kanyuch, 82, a retired Washington butcher and security guard, died Oct. 21 at Lake Weir Retirement Home in Oklawaha, Fla. He had cancer.

Mr. Kanyuch was born in Midway, Ohio. He moved to the Washington area in the 1920s.

He worked as a butcher in Washington meat markets before World War II, then served in the Army during the War. He was a partner in the operation of a meat and produce market after the war, then around 1960 began working as a security guard at Vitro Laboratories in Silver Spring. He retired in 1972. A former resident of Wheaton, Mr. Kanyuch moved to Florida in 1973.

He had been a member of Hughes United Methodist Church in Wheaton.

His wife, Mary Kanyuch, died in 1972. Survivors include a daughter, Marie Eberhardt of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Veronica Pitlik of St. Clairsville, Ohio; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.