Ellen Sulzberger Straus, 69, a businesswoman and writer who had been active in volunteer and nonprofit groups, died of cancer Feb. 24 at a hospital in New York. Mrs. Straus, who had a home in Washington since the 1970s, also had a home in Manhattan.

Mrs. Straus founded Call for Action, a national telephone "help" line to help people solve problems with government agencies and large corporations. The nonprofit organization started in the offices of a New York radio station Mrs. Straus owned with her husband. She later established a national organization with headquarters in Washington.

Over the years, she had served on the boards of the National Conference of Children and Poverty and the National Environmental Education and Training Program. Since 1986, she had been president of Executive Service Strategies, a management consulting company she started.

She had worked in the Democratic Party presidential primary campaigns of former senator Gary Hart of Colorado and former Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt.

Mrs. Straus, who was born in Manhattan, graduated from Smith College in 1945. Later that year, she became executive secretary of the New York League of Women Voters, and, in the late 1940s, she was assistant director of public information for the Atomic Energy Commission.

In the 1950s, her activities included writing a column for McCall's magazine. In 1983, she gained an exclusive interview with Jean Harris, who was imprisoned for the slaying of "Scarsdale Diet" doctor Herman Tarnower. The interview was for a radio series Mrs. Straus wrote and anchored.

Mrs. Straus received public service awards from colleges and universities, as well as such groups as the American Jewish Congress, the National Council of Jewish Women and the National Organization for Women.

Her hobbies included swimming, water skiing, sailing, bicycling and horseback riding.

Survivors include her husband, R. Peter Straus of New York and Washington, whom she married in 1950; four children, Diane Tucker of Bedford, N.Y., Katherine Caple of Wellesley, Mass., Jeanne Tofel of New York and Eric Straus of Rhinebeck, N.Y.; her mother, Louise Mayer Blumenthal Sulzberger of Longboat Key, Fla.; two sisters, Jean Sulzberger and Ann Sand, both of New York; and eight grandchildren. JOHN P. WATTERSON FAA Official

John P. Watterson, 70, a retired Federal Aviation Administration official, died Feb. 25 at his home in Silver Spring. He had emphysema.

He worked for the FAA for 30 years before retiring in 1987 as air space and traffic rules chief for air space operations. He had left the government about 1960 to join the Air Transport Association in New York, where his duties included serving as assistant director of its East Coast office. He returned to Washington in 1975.

Mr. Watterson graduated from Eastern High School and attended Georgetown University. He served with the Navy in the Atlantic during World War II.

He was a past president of the Georgian Colonies Civic Association in Silver Spring and had been a speaker with the Full Gospel Business Group. He also was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and had been a member of the Society of Aviation Pioneers and St. James Episcopal Church in Potomac, where he had been a vestryman and Sunday school superintendent. He was a 25-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Barbara L. Wilson of Silver Spring; two daughters, Kathy W. Houser of Damascus, Md., and Kerry Watterson of Olney; a sister, Janet Isenberg of Morningside, Md.; and five grandchildren. A son, John W., died in 1993. ANNE DAVIES CHICKIE' RIELEY Figure Skater

Anne Davies "Chickie" Rieley, 64, a Round Hill resident who had been a noted amateur figure skater during her youth in Washington, died of renal failure Feb. 25 at Loudoun Hospital Center in Leesburg.

Mrs. Rieley, who was born in Pennsylvania, moved to Washington at an early age. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1949, where she skated pairs with Carl Hoffner. In 1949, they won second place in the national figure skating championships in Washington and then third place in the World Figure Skating competition in Paris. She turned down a chance to compete in the Olympics to get married.

In later life, Mrs. Rieley was active in volunteer work involving children and sports. In the 1960s, she taught figure skating and worked with children at Wheaton and Cabin John regional parks. Later, in Northern Virginia, she became a regional official of the U.S. Pony Clubs, helping set up national standardized tests for measuring children's riding skills. She also had worked with children at Northern Virginia community pools.

Mrs. Rieley lived in Washington, Falls Church and Annandale before moving to Clifton in 1972 and then Round Hill in 1978.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Robert S. Rieley, and a daughter, Beth R. Jewell, both of Round Hill; a son, Michael R., of Herndon; a brother, John R. Davies of Vienna, W.Va.; and three grandchildren. LOUIS A. EVERSON CPA Louis Alvin Everson, 38, a certified public accountant who was a financial reporting manager with Martin Marietta Corp. in Bethesda, died of colorectal cancer Feb. 21 at Montgomery General Hospital. He lived in Ashton.

Mr. Everson moved to the Washington area in 1978 and became a senior auditor with the Deloitte & Touche accounting firm before joining Martin Marietta in 1981.

He was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Washington, where he had worked in the Junior Achievement program and been a Cub Scout leader. He also had chaired the church's audit committee and had served as first vice president of the Men's Club, financial secretary of the senior usher board and assistant church treasurer.

Mr. Everson was a native of Prince George, Va. He was a magna cum laude accounting graduate of Virginia State University and received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland.

He was a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and had served on the board of Baptist Senior Adult Ministries. He held a black belt in karate.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl L. Henson-Everson, and two children, Brittani Nicole Everson and Brenton Thomas Everson, all of Ashton; his parents, Mattie P. and Percy Everson Sr. of Prince George; a brother, the Rev. Percy Everson Jr. of Richmond; and four sisters, Ann English of District Heights, Thelma Bland of Petersburg, Va., Ruth Baker of Sumter, S.C., and Beverly Everson-Jones of Columbia. EDWARD A. BAKER Defense Employee

Edward Alvin Baker, 67, who did electrical engineering work for the Defense Department for 37 years before retiring in 1984 as a project engineer, died Feb. 25 at Mount Vernon Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Baker, a native of Lorton, was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria and a Navy veteran. He was a 1991 graduate of George Mason University.

He was a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason and attended Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton. He was the author of articles on Northern Virginia urban development that were published by George Mason University.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Jean Wade of Alexandria; and a brother, George L. Baker Jr. of Berryville, Va.