Karl Rhorer Price, 77, a Washington lawyer for more than 40 years and a specialist in federal tax law, died of cancer Jan. 28 at his home in Washington.

At his death, Mr. Price had been a member of the law firm of Ivins Phillips & Barker for 25 years. Earlier he had practiced for 15 years as a member of the firm of Alvord and Alvord.

He was an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University and had given lectures on tax law at the University of Virginia, Yale University and at American Bar Association seminars across the country.

Mr. Price was born in Middlesboro, Ky. He graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and he attended Merton College at Oxford University in England as a Rhodes scholar. He was a cum laude graduate of Yale Law School in 1940, then served as law clerk to Judge Charles E. Clark of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

During World War II he served as a paratrooper in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division as an aide to Maj. Gens. Matthew B. Ridgway and James M. Gavin. In that capacity he jumped by parachute at night behind enemy lines in Normandy and landed by glider at night behind enemy lines in Holland. He was awarded a Bronze Star medal and a Purple Heart.

After the war Mr. Price came to Washington and served as law clerk to Fred M. Vinson, chief justice of the United States. Before entering private law practice he had been special assistant to the chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, assistant general counsel of the Treasury Department and chief of the interpretive division of the IRS.

In 1984 he participated in a project to design and draft a new income tax law and a value-added tax for the government of Indonesia.

Mr. Price had served on the boards of the House of Mercy in Washington and the National Cathedral School and was a member of the Metropolitan Club, the Chevy Chase Club and the Lawyers Club.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Craighill Price of Washington; four daughters, Sharon Dorney Quill of Purcellville, Va., Margaret Craighill Price-Tobiason of San Diego, Debra Price Utsinger of Philadelphia and Carolyn Price of New York City; a brother, Don K. Price Jr. of Cambridge, Mass.; and four grandchildren.


Graphic Artist

Maude Jean Walker, 85, a retired graphic artist, died of coronary-artery disease Jan. 30 at Holy Cross Hospital. She lived in Ashton.

Mrs. Walker worked at Sun Crown Graphics in Mount Rainier from 1956 until her retirement in 1972. She lived in Hyattsville from 1940 to 1983.

Mrs. Walker was a native of Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, and attended the School of Practical Art in Boston. Her first commercial job was in Boston, as an artist. She painted the pictures of the Spirit of St. Louis, the first airplane flown solo across the Atlantic Ocean, on the backs of raincoats.

After she moved here in 1931, she worked in the advertising department of the Evening Star. From 1946 to 1956, she worked as a commercial artist, designing tiles and painters' smocks.

She was active in the Montgomery Hills Baptist Church.

Her husband, Bert Walker Sr., died in 1968.

Survivors include a son, Bert Walker Jr. of Columbia; a brother, Russell Martin of Concord, N.H.; and two grandchildren.


Hadassah Vice President

Helen Baturin Hirsh, 92, a former vice president of the Washington chapter of Hadassah and a board member of the United Jewish Appeal, died of heart ailments Jan. 29 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Hirsh, who lived in Washington, was born in Chambersburg, Pa. She came to the Washington area about 1920.

She worked as a volunteer during World War II for the United Service Organization, and she was a gardening enthusiast and a member of the Rock Creek Garden Club.

Her husband of 47 years, Henry Albert Hirsh, died in 1967.

Survivors include four children, Marshall Hirsh of West Palm Beach, Fla., Robert S. Hirsh and Victor R. Hirsh, both of Washington, and Betty Hertzmark of Solana Beach, Calif.; a sister, Mildred Cafritz of Washington; and four grandchildren.