J. Joseph Goheen, 49, assistant chief of the training branch of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., died of cancer Jan. 4 at the Hospice of Washington. He lived in Falls Church.

He began his government career in 1966 with the Civil Service Commission, working for it in 1970 in Washington and also in Baltimore and Norfolk. He also was a personnel officer with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Chicago before returning here in 1978 and joining the FDIC.

Mr. Goheen was born in West Virginia and grew up in Baltimore. He was a graduate of Towson State University.

His marriages to Sally Goheen and then Deborah Goheen both ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia Frye, of Falls Church; two children by his first marriage, Leslie Peterson of Zionsville, Ind., and Michael Goheen of Falls Church; four stepchildren, Barton Quigley of Falls Church, and Katherine Edwards and Bryan and Linda Quigley, all of Virginia Beach; his mother, Maysel Goheen of Baltimore; a brother, Richard, of Frederick, Md.; and a sister, Margaret Root of Windsor, Conn.

JOHN A. KERR

Research Physician

John Austin Kerr, 90, a retired physician and preventive medicine researcher with the Rockefeller Foundation, died of pneumonia Dec. 12 at a nursing home in Ossinging, N.Y.

Dr. Kerr, a former Chevy Chase resident who lived in the Washington area from 1955 to 1986, was a resident of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

He was a native of Chicago and graduate of Northwestern University and its medical school. He began a 40-year career with the Rockefeller Foundation in the mid-1920s. In the 1920s and 1930s, he worked in South America and Africa on the control of yellow fever and hookworm. During World War II, he was a consultant to the War Department on epidemic diseases and worked on malaria control.

In the early 1950s, he organized a virus research center in India. From 1955 to 1965, he was a special adviser on yellow fever and malaria research to the Pan American Health Organization here. From 1965 to 1966, he served in Manila as regional malaria adviser with the Agency for International Development.

His wife, the former Janet Fraser MacLennan, whom he married in 1932, died in 1980. His survivors include two children, John Jr., of DeKalb, Ill., and Sarah K. Myers of Croton-on-Hudson; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

JACOB H. HIRSCH

D.C. Dentist

Jacob H. Hirsch, 82, a Washington dentist for 55 years before retiring in 1990, died Jan. 6 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had cancer.

Dr. Hirsch, a Washington resident since the early 1930s, was a native of New York City. He attended the University of Alabama and graduated from the Georgetown University dental school. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He was a member of B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, Woodmont Country Club and Alpha Omega, a dental honor society. He also was a Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Aileen, of Washington; two sons, Jeffrey, of Olney, and Kenneth, of Potomac; a daughter, Lynda Eisenman of Gaithersburg; a brother, Harry, of Washington; two sisters, Rose Horowitz of Tucson and Sylvia Colbert of Washington; and five grandchildren.

EVA LAURA COLE

Howard U. Hospital Volunteer

Eva Laura Cole, 72, a former Labor Department employee who was a volunteer with the Howard University Hospital Boarder Babies Project and the Howard University Hospital Gift Shop, died of a heart attack Jan. 3 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mrs. Cole, a lifelong resident of Washington, graduated from Armstrong Technical High School and attended Howard University. She worked for the Labor Department from 1960 to 1965.

With her husband, Melvin Cole, she helped organize a playground next to the National Arboretum. She also raised funds for the City Enrichment Program and was an adviser to the Job Corps. She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Washington.

In addition to her husband of 42 years, of Washington, survivors include two sisters, Marie Sims and Althea Holmes, both of Washington.

JOSEPH L. GOLDMAN

Businessman

Joseph L. Goldman, 86, retired owner of a plumbing and heating company he founded in 1944, died of a heart attack Jan. 2 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mr. Goldman, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. He grew up in Washington.

He was a licensed plumber who worked for various companies in this area before starting his business, Joseph L. Goldman & Son Plumbing & Heating.

He retired in 1970, and the company is in the hands of a son, Harold Goldman of Silver Spring.

In addition to Harold Goldman, Mr. Goldman's survivors include his wife, Ruby A. Goldman, whom he married in 1925, of Silver Spring; another son, Gerald S. Goldman of Owings, Md.; two sisters, Anne Spanier of Santa Monica, Calif., and Lena Burdwise of Wheaton; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.