Kenan Tevfik Erim, 61, an archeologist who since 1961 had led excavation operations in southwestern Turkey at the site of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aphrodisias, died Nov. 2 in Ankara after a heart attack. A resident of Princeton, N.J., he was visiting the British Embassy when he was stricken.

About 100 miles from the Mediterranean shore of Anatolia, he and his team unearthed a priceless all-marble city. Archeology magazine said in a profile that he uncovered "magnificent monuments, structures, inscriptions and sculptures that add immeasurably to our knowledge of ancient Anatolia."

Among the items unearthed by his expeditions were a stadium that seated 40,000 people, a well-preserved theater for 10,000, and more than 200 brilliant statues and a temple complex devoted to the worship of the goddess Aphrodite. Other treasures included stone panels inscribed with the city's laws.

The digs proved that not only a large prospering city once existed there, but also a cultural center, featuring its own school of architecture, which thrived from the first century B.C. to the sixth century A.D.

In 1988, Dr. Erim was awarded a National Geographic Society Centennial Award for lifetime dedication to expanding knowledge. The Society, from the mid-1960s to mid-1980s, granted $900,000 to the excavation funds.

Dr. Erim was born in Istanbul and grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. His father, an international lawyer, worked for the League of Nations.

Dr. Erim came to this country in 1947. He was a graduate of New York University, where he studied the classics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received a master's degree and a doctorate in classical archeology from Princeton University.

He was fluent in English, Turkish, French, Italian, German, Latin and ancient Greek. He had taught at New York University since 1958, and had been a professor of classics there since 1971.

He was author of the 1976 book "Aphrodisias: City of Venus Aphrodite," as well as technical works and articles for such publications as the National Geographic magazine.

Survivors include a sister who lives in London. of the national Sons of the American Revolution.

Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Bates of Arlington; a son, Edgar Bates of Hawaii; and a brother, Andrew Bates of Dudley, Mass.

ROBERT W. EDWARDS

Law Firm Comptroller

Robert W. Edwards, 50, a retired comptroller at the Washington law firm of Patton, Boggs & Blow and a volunteer at the Whitman-Walker Clinic, died Oct. 30 at his home in Falls Church. He had AIDS.

Mr. Edwards was a native of Staunton. He graduated from the College of William and Mary.

Before coming to the Washington area in 1979, he was an elementary school teacher in Alabama and a financial officer for symphony orchestras in Arkansas.

After moving here, he was a supervisor of membership accounting at the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and later a financial analyst at the Washington law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan. He joined Patton, Boggs & Blow in 1987. He retired for health reasons in 1989.

At Whitman-Walker he had been a team leader and a member of the management operations committee of the Schwartz Housing Services Program.

Mr. Edwards was a member of the National Association of Legal Administrators, a professional organization of law firm financial officers, and a former member of the Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.

There are no immediate survivors.

WILLIAM E. MORRELL

National Science Official

William E. Morrell, 81, retired director for summer studies at the National Science Foundation, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 4 at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital.

Dr. Morrell, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Logan, Utah. He graduated from Utah State University and received a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.

Before moving to the Washington area and joining the staff of the National Science Foundation in 1958, he was a chemistry professor at the University of Illinois.

At the foundation, he directed summer study programs at colleges throughout the United States. He also served as a consultant to the education ministries of Pakistan, India and the Philippines.

He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and chairman of the division of chemical education of the American Chemical Society.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Evelyn R. Morrell of Falls Church; three children, Michael R. Morrell and Marilyn South, both of Columbia, and Laurence J. Morrell of Arlington; and two grandchildren.