Minnesota Governor

Karl Rolvaag, 78, a former governor of Minnesota who was elected 28 years ago by the narrowest margin in state history, died Dec. 20 in Northfield, Minn. He had heart ailments.

A member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Mr. Rolvaag was governor from 1963 to 1967 after getting elected by 91 votes in 1962. He became the first governor in state history to be denied his party's endorsement for reelection. In 1967, he was named ambassador to Iceland by President Lyndon B. Johnson.


White House Aide

Theodore C. Marrs, 72, a physician, brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve and Defense Department official who worked in the White House under Presidents Nixon and Ford, died of a heart attack Dec. 17 at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

Dr. Marrs, who was stricken at his home in Albuquerque, became a special assistant to the surgeon general of the Air Force in 1962 and then was named deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force. In 1970, Nixon appointed him deputy assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, and in 1974 he brought Dr. Marrs into the White House. He was a special assistant for human resources under President Ford, and worked on matters ranging from veterans' affairs to the Bicentennial celebration. He moved to Albuquerque in 1976, and worked in the Indian Health Service there until retiring in 1978.