Ronald G. Michels, 47, a leading ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon who was a professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University Medical School and co-director of the retina center at St. Joseph's Hospital in Baltimore, died of heart ailments Jan. 15 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

At the time of his death, Dr. Michels was awaiting a heart transplant.

One of the most influential and well-known vitreoretinal surgeons in the world, Dr. Michels had performed eye operations on thousands of patients, both in Baltimore and at hospitals and medical schools around the country. He had lectured in his specialty all over the world.

His patients included everyday people, world leaders and celebrities such as Sugar Ray Leonard, for whom Dr. Michels repaired a detached retina.

He was author of two leading medical textbooks, "Retinal Detachment," which was judged "best medical book and outstanding illustrated medical book of the year" by the Association of Medical Illustrators in 1990, and "Vitreous Surgery," which won the same award 10 years earlier.

A resident of Ruxton, Md., Dr. Michels was born in Detroit. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and its medical school and had been on the staff at Johns Hopkins since 1968, when he began as an intern.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Roberts Michels, and two children, James Randolph Michels and Allison Jeanine Michels, all of Ruxton; his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Glenn E. Michels of Henderson, N.C.; and two brothers, Dennis L. Michels of Kinston, N.C. and Gary E. Michels of Greenville, N.C.


D.C. Police Officer

James E. Cosh, 57, a retired Washington police officer who since 1978 had operated Auth Road Texaco service station in Camp Springs, died Jan. 14 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center after a stroke.

Mr. Cosh was born in Washington and attended Chamberlain Vocational High School.

He served in the Navy as a young man, then joined the Metropolitan Police Department. He retired in 1977 after 23 years of service.

He coached football, basketball and baseball for the Silver Hill Boys Club and coached baseball for the Hillcrest American Legion. As a young man, Mr. Cosh had been a lineman on a semiprofessional football team, Car Credit.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Jones Cosh of Brandywine; four children, Steven D. Cosh, Cynthia L. Turner and Valerie A. Cusato, all of Brandywine, and Christopher P. Cosh of Las Vegas; his mother and stepfather, Dorothy M. and Kenneth Sole of Hyattsville; and five grandchildren.


St. Monica's Rector

Alfredo L. Coye, 43, rector of St. Monica's Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, died of cancer Jan. 14 at his home in Washington.

He was assigned to the church as interim rector in 1986 and was named rector last year. He previously was associate rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Washington and vicar of the Church of the Holy Covenant in Baltimore.

Born in Belize City in what was then British Honduras, Rev. Coye entered church service in 1979 when he was named priest in charge of the Church of the Transfiguration in Changuinola, Panama.

He received a bachelor's degree in speech communications at the University of South Florida and a master's degree in divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary.

He was president of the Washington Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians and a participant in the Cursillo evangelical movement.

Survivors include his mother, Lillian Coye of Belize City; two brothers, Hector Coye of Belize City and Arturo Coye of New York City; and a sister, Consuelo Brown of Pomona, Calif.


Foreign Service Officer

George Mason Ingram III, 76, a retired Foreign Service officer, died Jan. 15 at a hospital in Rockport, Maine, after a heart attack.

Mr. Ingram was born in Nashville and graduated from Vanderbilt University. He did graduate work in government at Harvard.

From 1939 to 1944 he worked in Tennessee in the Office of the General Manager of the Tennessee Valley Authority, then served in the Navy in Europe during World War II.

He came to Washington after the war and worked two years for the International Monetary Fund before joining the Foreign Service in 1948. His overseas posts included Vienna, Baghdad and Helsinki, where he was deputy chief of mission. He had been assigned in Washington in the Foreign Service inspection corps and served three years as director of the Bureau of Foreign Affairs Office in charge of Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Mr. Ingram was recipient of the State Department's Meritorious Honor Award and a graduate of the National War College. He retired in 1971.

On retirement he moved from Washington to Rackliff Island, Maine.

His first wife, Ashton Somerville Ingram, died in 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Ingram, whom he married in February of 1990; three children of his first marriage, George Mason Ingram IV and Ashton Douglas, both of Washington, and Elinor Boyce of Silver Spring; five stepchildren and 13 grandchildren.


Longtime Washington Lawyer

Philip S. Peyser, 90, a lawyer here from 1924 until his retirement in 1975, died of Parkinson's disease Jan. 16 at the Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda, where he had lived for more than four years. He previously lived in Kensington.

Mr. Peyser was a native of Newport News, Va., and was first in his class at the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received a master's degree in economics from Columbia University and graduated first in his class at Georgetown University law school.

Mr. Peyser served in the Army in World War I and was a partner in the Washington law firm of Peyser, Edelin, Peyser and Peyser in the 1920s. From the late 1920s until about 1940, he was an attorney for the Interstate Commerce Commission.

From 1940 to 1965, he was a lawyer with the law firm of Whiteford, Hart, Carmody & Wilson. He then was in part-time private practice until 1975.

His wife, Helene Bloom Peyser, died in 1986. Survivors include his son, Alan Peyser of Bethesda; and two granddaughters.


Sulgrave Club Employee

Susan Kelly Long, 88, a waitress from 1934 to 1976 at the Sulgrave Club and at dinner parties given by Washington hostess Perle Mesta, died Jan. 16 at Holy Cross Hospital of complications related to a stroke.

Mrs. Long was a native of County Galway, Ireland, who immigrated here in 1923. She had lived in Takoma Park since 1949.

She was a member of the Irish-American Club and was a volunteer for programs of St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, including its Society for African Missions. She was selected as Gael of the St. Patrick's Day Parade here in 1990.

Her husband, Owen Long, died in 1960.

Mrs. Long is survived by four of her seven children, Michael Long of Bowie, Susan Fitzgerald of Takoma Park, June Alderton of Hyattsville and Patricia Tear of London; 22 of her 25 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.


Turkish Economic Counselor

Nihat Ali Ucuncu, 85, retired economic counselor at the Embassy of Turkey, died of cancer Jan. 14 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.

A resident of this area since 1951, Mr. Ucuncu retired from the embassy in 1960. He previously had served as financial counselor to the Turkish embassies in Paris, Bern and Brussels and had been financial inspector and deputy director-general of the Turkish ministry of finance.

He was a native of Ordu, Turkey, and a graduate of the University of Istanbul. He had written six books on the Turkish tax system, and in 1938 founded Turkey's national lottery.

Survivors include his companion of 41 years, Fermina Maria Cola of Chevy Chase; and a sister, Meliha Caydam of Istanbul.


Teacher and Government Nurse

Grace Evelyn Merrick, 99, a former teacher and retired nurse, died of cardiac failure Jan. 16 at the Fairfax Nursing Home, where she had lived for about two years.

Miss Merrick had been a resident of Washington since 1918, when she moved here from Corydon, Iowa. She was born in Wayne County, Iowa, and attended the Teachers Normal Training School in Des Moines.

She taught elementary school classes in Cambira, Iowa, before coming here to study nursing at George Washington University. She worked as a nurse at Providence Nose and Throat Hospital and at the Reconstruction Finance Corp. until after World War II and then was a library clerk at the General Services Administration until her retirement in 1960.

She was a member of the Naomi chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Washington.Survivors include a sister, Hazel Doe of Potomac, and two brothers, Harold Merrick of Washington and Laurence Merrick of Corydon.