Walter Deane Innis, 81, a retired Navy rear admiral who was vice president of Devon Publishing Co. in Washington, died Feb. 3 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He had pneumonia and a heart ailment.

During World War II, he served with occupation forces in Iceland and as an air operations officer aboard the carrier Wasp in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Later in the war, he participated in the Aleutian campaign and, as commander of the seaplane tender Bering Strait, participated in the battles for Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

During the Korean War, Adm. Innis served as executive officer of the carrier Philippine Sea.

Later assignments took him to Europe to serve on the NATO staff, as well as assignments in Washington with the Bureau of Aeronautics and the office of the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. He also commanded the Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi, Tex.

After retiring from active duty in 1959, he was a consultant to the Argentine government and the MITRE Corp., then was a civilian systems analyst with the Navy from 1964 to 1981. Since then, he had worked for Devon Publishing.

His decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. He was the author of two books, "Gold in the Blue Ridge: The True Story of the Beale Treasure" and "Attention! A Quick Guide to the Armed Services."

Adm. Innis, who lived in Washington, was born in Indiana and grew up in Roanoke. He was a 1932 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received his pilot's wings at Pensacola, Fla., in 1936. He also was a graduate of the Navy War Colllege, where he later taught and prepared maps for the historian Samuel Eliot Morison.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Pauline, of Washington.


Bureau of Standards Chemist

John T. "Thad" Sterling, 71, a chemist who worked for the National Bureau of Standards for 24 years before retiring in 1976, died of cancer Feb. 4 at Washington Adventist Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.

During his years with the bureau he published reference works dealing with its metallurgy division. He also worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.

Mr. Sterling was a native of Washington and a graduate of Wilson High School. He attended the University of Maryland and graduated from George Washington University.

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and was active in the Forest Glen Senior Center, both in Silver Spring. He served as treasurer of the National Institute of Science and Technology alumni group and was a life member of the Univerity of Maryland Alumni Group International.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mabel Klebold, of Silver Spring; a son, Thomas, of Ocean City, Md.; three daughters, Jane Gorman of Orlando, Fla., Dawn Farrar of Austin, Tex., and Mary Sullivan of Riverdale; and seven grandchildren.


NRC Administrative Aide

Judith A. Sisson, 44, an administrative assistant at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, died of a pulmonary embolism Feb. 2 at Montgomery General Hospital. She lived in Rockville.

An assistant to Commissioner Forrest J. Remick, Mrs. Sisson had worked at the NRC for 13 years. Mrs. Sisson previously worked as an administrative assistant at Litton Bionectics in Rockville and as a medical secretary and assistant for area doctors.

She was born in Washington and grew in Wheaton and Rockville. She attended Robert Peary High School.

She was a member of Oakdale Memorial Methodist Church in Olney.

Survivors include her husband, Richard W. Sisson of Rockville; three daughters, Erin Page of Barrington, Ill., and Amanda Sisson and Courtney Sisson, both of Rockville; her parents, Leonard and Ruth Maloney of Silver Spring; two brothers, Robert Maloney of Friendship and James Maloney of Gaithersburg; a sister, Patricia Fischetti of Rockville; and a grandmother, Elsie Maloney of Silver Spring.



Margaret Stovall Searcy, 80, a genealogist who wrote articles for national and state genealogy journals, died of cancer Feb. 2 at Fairfax Nursing Center.

Mrs. Searcy, who lived in Arlington, was born in Lake, Miss., and grew up in Vicksburg, Miss. She graduated from Mississippi State College for Women and worked for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration in Mississippi. She came to the Washington area in the mid-1950s from Rolla, Mo., where she had been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was a former parish secretary of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington and genealogist for the National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots.

Her husband, James K. Searcy, died in 1972. Survivors include two children, Kinchen J. Searcy of Fairfax and Judith S. Phillips of Annapolis; a sister, Louise Porter of Pattison, Miss.; and three grandchildren.


Public Relations Official

Edwin H. Spencer, 80, a retired public relations specialist and legislative coordinator for the American Trucking Association, died of cancer Feb. 1 at the National Institutes of Health.

Mr. Spencer, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Battle Creek, Mich. He graduated from Williams College. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II as an air combat intelligence officer and was discharged as a lieutenant commander.

He was editor of the Ann Arbor News in Michigan before moving to Washington and joining the American Trucking Association in 1950. He retired in 1975.

He was a member of the National Press Club.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Pauline K. Spencer of Bethesda; two children, Stephen H. Spencer of Oakton and Anne E. Spencer of Manassas; and three grandchildren.


MCI Attorney

Paul Grover Daniel, 37, a senior regulatory attorney with MCI Communications Corp., died of a heart attack Feb. 2 at his home in Germantown.

He had worked for MCI since April. Before that, he was a lawyer with Delmarva Power and Light Co. in Wilmington, Del., a regulatory counsel at the National Telephone Cooperative Association and a commissioner's assistant at the Maryland Public Service Commission.

Mr. Daniel was was born in Washington and grew up in Bethesda. He attended Landon School. He was a graduate of Union College and Cornell University's law school.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce L. Daniel, a daughter, Margaret Daniel, and a stepdaughter, Victoria Kokkinos, all of Germantown; his parents, Irene F. Daniel and Paul Daniel of Bethesda; and two sisters, Laurie Daniel of Anchorage and Margaret Daniel of New York City.