Victor Eugene Adler, 67, a retired Agriculture Department research entomologist who was active in scientific, community and volunteer groups, died of a heart ailment Jan. 23 at his home in Laurel.

Mr. Adler joined the Agriculture Department in 1954 and worked in Florida and Mississippi before transferring here in the early 1960s. Before retiring in 1986, he had administered government research projects, designed scientific labs and advised visiting foreign students.

He had published 45 technical works. He had served as president of the Insecticide Society of Washington and the Entomological Society of Washington, and was a fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

His work and research involved the crucial age-old struggle of man against insects for food. This work made headlines in The Post in 1976 when he told a reporter about his team's six-month study of the sex lives of cabbage looper moths. It turned out that Mr. Adler had discovered the aphrodisiac scent that aroused the female loopers.

In addition to his study of the looper moth, Mr. Adler had done similar research involving the cockroach.

The importance of the work involved control of the insect whose larvae can destroy entire cabbage fields. The adult moth, whose life lasts only a few weeks, does not eat, devoting its entire existence to propagation.

Mr. Adler was born in New York City. He was a graduate of Memphis State University and received a master's degree in entomology from Kansas State University. He served with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, served again on active duty during the Korean conflict and retired from the reserves in the late 1970s.

He was a member of the Columbia Jewish Congregation, Jewish War Veterans Post No. 555 and American Legion Post No. 60, both in Laurel. He was a past president of the Laurel chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Mr. Adler had served on a committee of the Howard County public schools to revise science education.

He had done volunteer work at the Phelps Senior Citizens Center in Laurel and with the Meals-on-Wheels and Pets-on-Wheels programs in Howard County.

Survivors include his wife, the former Nina Lee Dasch, two sons, Nicholas S. and Richard S., and a daughter, Maureen E. Adler, all of Laurel; and a brother, Alexander, of Bethesda.


NSA Assistant Director

Herbert L. Conley, 70, a retired assistant director of the National Security Agency, died of cancer Jan. 26 at Howard County General Hospital. He lived in Columbia.

He joined what became the NSA after World War II. He served with the agency in London from 1967 to 1970, and also had held the post of assistant director for personnel. After retiring from the NSA in 1973, he was a consultant with International Business Machines Corp. until retiring again in the early 1980s.

He was the recipient of Exceptional Civilian Service awards from both the agency and the Defense Department. He was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Hyattsville.

Mr. Conley, who had lived here since about 1945, was a native of Des Moines. After graduating from Creighton University in 1941, he worked for the United Press wire service before serving with the Army during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Joan Whelan of Columbia; five sons, Mark D., of Takoma Park, Patrick T., of Des Moines, the Rev. Rory T., of Hyattsville, Breffny J., of Washington, and Gregory L., of Columbia; three daughters, Maura J. Conley of Clarksville, Md., Kim T. Conley of Washington and Cathleen Young of Columbia; two brothers, Robert E. and the Rev. Monsignor Raymond, both of Des Moines; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


Giant Food Manager

Jose A. deLeon, 67, a former Giant Food store manager and retired Silver Spring businessman who had lived in the Washington area since 1950, died of cancer Jan. 26 at his home in Silver Spring.

He worked for Giant from 1950 to about 1969, retiring as manager of the store on East-West Highway in Silver Spring. He then opened Georgian Cleaners, a Silver Spring dry cleaning establishment, which he operated until selling it in the early 1980s. Since then, he had been a part-time on-call teller with First American banks in Montgomery County.

Mr. deLeon, who was born in Panama, came to this country to attend Vanderbilt University.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of Silver Spring; three sons, Randy S., of Bowie, Craig L., of Burtonsville, and J. Duane, of San Jose; a daughter, Sandra Talley of Washington; four brothers, Rolando, Julio, Rauel and Carlos, and two sisters, Chicha Medina and Vilma Moreno, all of Panama; and a grandson.