James W. Moyers Jr., 54, the superintendent of the Manassas Park school system since 1989, died of cancer Feb. 6 at his home in Manassas.

Dr. Moyers resigned last month because of ill health. He was assistant superintendent of the five-school system for four years, and from 1978 to 1980 served as principal of the Manassas Park High School.

From 1980 to 1984 he was an executive with Battlefield Builders.

A native of Port Republic, Va., Dr. Moyers had a bachelor's degree in history and social studies from Bridgewater (Va.) College, a master's degree in administration from what is now James Madison University, and a doctorate in school administration from Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He was a member of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, the Paul Hill Chorale, the Washington Singers and the Linville Creek Church of the Brethren in Broadway, Va.

His marriage to Helen Swats Heath ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah May Moyers of Manassas; two children from his first marriage, Jeffrey Moyers of Charlottesville, and Deanna Check of Dayton, Va., and two stepsons, Aaron Breneman of Woodbridge and Vincent Breneman of Manassas.


Bethesda Resident

Laura Victoria Ortiz Egas de Paltan, 71, a resident of Bethesda for the last three years, died of leukemia Feb. 6 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mrs. Paltan was born in Ibarra, Ecuador. She came to the United States in 1970 and lived in Pittsburgh before moving to this area.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Jose D. Paltan of Bethesda; three children, Luz Maria Mangurian of Bethesda, Dr. Jose D. Paltan Jr. of Wichita, Kan., and Amalia P. Hyams of Pittsburgh; three brothers and a sister in Ecuador; and seven grandchildren.


Mathematics Teacher

Margaret Helena Earl, 94, a former secondary school mathematics teacher in Minnesota and Nebraska, died of a pulmonary embolism Feb. 2 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mrs. Earl was born in Murdock, Minn. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and received a master's degree in mathematics from Columbia University.

She moved to the Washington area area in 1989 to live with her son, James A. Earl, in Hyattsville.

Her husband, James M. Earl, died in 1972.

Survivors include her son and four grandsons.


Federal Employee

Hazel M. Wormser, 93, a former fiscal clerk in the old War Department who also worked at the Census Bureau, died Jan. 23 at Helix View Health Care Center in San Diego. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Miss Wormser lived in Washington from 1918 until 1951, when she moved to California. She was born near Barnard, Kan. She was a graduate of George Washington University.

She went to work at the War Department, now the Department of the Army, when she came here. She remained with the agency through World War II. She then worked briefly for the Census Bureau before retiring in 1947.

Miss Wormser was a former member of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, and she was active in church organizations in California.

Survivors include two sisters, Florence E. Wormser of Washington and Margaret E. Wormser of Annapolis.


GWU Medical Student

Robert Keith Cole, 27, a Washington resident and a student at George Washington University Medical School, was among the 33 people killed Feb. 1 in a collision between a USAir airliner and a Sky-West commuter plane at Los Angeles International Airport.

Mr. Cole was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California. He attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine before transferring to the medical program at George Washington University in 1988.

He was in his final year at GWU and was on the way to Australia, where he was planning to do elective study.

Mr. Cole had been a volunteer at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington.

Survivors include his parents, Dr. Robert and Barbara Cole, and three sisters, Pamela Klein, Stephanie Content and Kathy Simpkin, all of Los Angeles.


Washington Post Secretary

Alberta Mae Gatewood, 63, a retired secretary in the advertising department of The Washington Post, died of cancer Feb. 6 at her home in Boca Raton, Fla.

A former resident of Potomac, she had lived in Boca Raton for 16 years.

Mrs. Gatewood worked at The Post for 13 years and previously had worked as a secretary at the Washington Star.

A native of New Castle, Pa., she moved to this area in 1946. Her first husband, Charles W. Butler, died in 1956. Her second husband, William Frank Gatewood, a retired advertising vice president of The Post, died last May.

Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Linda Bentley of Boca Raton; two stepdaughters, Mary Lou Johnson of Potomac and Barbara Ellis of Bethesda; three sisters, Gaye Hanna and Jeannett Missey, both of New Castle, and Joyce Dean of Oklahoma City; a brother, Donald McClintick of Willoughby, Ohio, and two grandchildren.


CIA Analyst

Evelyn S. Davis, 79, a retired analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, died of complications from a stroke Jan. 8 at a nursing home in Wayzata, Minn. She moved there in 1987 from Leisure World in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Davis lived in the Washington area for nearly 60 years. A native of Montana, she moved here to attend George Washington University.

She worked as a government secretary in the 1930s and returned to government work, at the CIA, around 1950. She retired in 1970.

Mrs. Davis was a member of River Road Unitarian Church.

Her husband, Thomas McParlin Davis, died in 1970. There are no immediate survivors.