Charles A. McManus Jr., 68, a Republican political adviser and consultant who retired as an official of the Interior Department, died Nov. 8 at Prince George's Hospital Center after a stroke.

Mr. McManus, a resident of Bowie, was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. During World War II, he served in the Navy.

He was a management aide at U.S. Steel in Pennsylvania before moving to Washington in the late 1950s. He served for 16 years with Americans for Constitutional Action, where, as president and chief executive officer, he assisted and promoted conservative candidates for Congress.

During the Ford administration, Mr. McManus was assistant to the deputy undersecretary for congressional and public affairs at the Department of Agriculture. Later, he was finance and political action committee director for the Republican National Committee.

He also had served as a political consultant, director for congressional and public affairs at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, deputy to the administrator for congressional and legislative affairs at the Small Business Administration and special assistant and acting deputy director for program analysis at the Interior Department, where he retired in 1991.

Mr. McManus was a founder of the Off-the-Record Club, a luncheon meeting group of Republican leaders and print media reporters. He had been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities.

He was a coach with the Bowie Boys and Girls Club, a gardener, a trustee for Friends of the National Arboretum and a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Bowie.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Catherine Patricia McManus of Bowie; seven children, Patricia Mucci of Olney, Catherine Gretschel of Huntingtown, Md., Mary Eileen Wilkinson and William McManus, both of Bowie, Charles A. McManus III and James McManus, both of Washington, and Susan McManus of Annapolis; two sisters, Mary Ann McGrane of Wilkes-Barre and Barbara Gallagher of New Hyde Park, N.Y.; and seven grandchildren. LINDA J. FRASER Navy Commander

Linda J. Fraser, 41, a U.S. Navy commander whose assignments at the Pentagon included helping develop policies to eliminate sexual discrimination in the armed forces, died of cancer Nov. 5 at her brother's home in Seminole, Fla.

Cmdr. Fraser, of Alexandria, represented the Joint Chiefs of Staff on a Defense Department panel on sexual discrimination. First assigned to the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon in 1991, she served in the Directorate for Manpower and Personnel, which studied women in combat, policy on homosexuals in the military and other issues.

She also served on the staff of a deputy chief of naval operations and was credited with expanding the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program. For the last two years, Cmdr. Fraser was working for the Department of the Navy to develop information warfare policy.

Born in Portland, Maine, she spent part of her childhood in Alexandria and attended Mark Twain Middle School. She graduated from the University of South Florida and joined the Navy in 1977. She received a master's degree in management/organization effectiveness from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 1983 and a master's degree in national security affairs and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 1991.

Survivors include her parents, William H. and Jean Fraser of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers, Robert W., of Gautier, Miss., and David L., of Seminole, Fla.; and a sister, Lori L. Underwood of St. Petersburg. ROBERT E. CARLBERG Naval Ordnance Official

Robert E. Carlberg, 75, a mechanical engineer who retired in 1972 as executive director of the surface warfare systems acquisition subgroup at the Naval Ordnance Systems Command, died of a heart attack Nov. 3 at his home in Vienna.

Mr. Carlberg was a native of Galesburg, Ill., and a graduate of Tri-State University in Angola, Ind.

He moved to Washington in 1941 to work as a draftsman with the Navy Ordnance Bureau's research and development division. He later directed the development of launching systems for the Terrier missile and the design of gun mounts, rocket launchers and other ordnance. He received the Meritorious Civilian Service and Superior Civilian Service awards.

After retiring, he was an ordnance consultant.

He was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Helen Hazel Carlberg of Vienna; five children, James Carlberg of Darnestown, Janet Johnson of Glen Mills, Pa., Jon Carlberg of Goose Creek, S.C., Jay Carlberg of Balston Spa, N.Y., and Julie McLendon of Wilmington, N.C.; two sisters, Louise Quick of Abingdon, Ill., and Jean Hedbloom of Gilson, Ill.; and 12 grandchildren. RICHARD K. "DICK" GRIZZARD Project Manager

Richard K. "Dick" Grizzard, 51, who oversaw the development of the Rotonda, Porto Vecchio, the Ballston Metro station and other large real estate projects, died after a heart attack Nov. 3 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Grizzard had worked as a civil engineer and project manager for International Developers Inc. since 1975. Until recently, he was overseeing the renovation of the Washington Renaissance hotel and the Arlington Renaissance hotel.

He had attended Austin Peay State University in his native Tennessee and served in the Air Force from 1965 to 1968. He later worked as a project manager for Holland Engineering Co. of Alexandria and West Alexandria Properties Inc.

He was founder and first president of the Neabsco Creek Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

His first marriage to Donna Grizzard ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion, Kaylynn Kingery of Alexandria; his wife, Joanne Grizzard of Waldorf; two children from his first marriage, Melissa Hay and Matthew Grizzard, both of Alexandria; his mother, Isobele Grizzard of Clarksville, Va.; two sisters, Orlean Bauman of Nunnelly, Tenn., and Lillian Ray of Nashville; and a grandson. WALTER G. LENSEN Agriculture Official

Walter G. Lensen, 104, who retired in 1961 as assistant chief of the regulatory branch of the fruit and vegetable division of the Department of Agriculture, died of complications related to Alzheimer's disease Nov. 6 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Lensen was born in Michigan. As a young man, he worked with the Railway Mail Service in Michigan. During World War I, he was a radio operator in the Naval Air Service.

In 1924, he graduated from Michigan Agricultural College, which now is Michigan State University.

He began his career with the Agriculture Department in 1925, serving as a market news reporter in Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. In 1931, he was assigned in Washington as an assistant in the administration of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. From 1940 to 1946, he was assigned in Chicago, then returned to Washington as assistant chief of the fruit and vegetable division regulatory branch. He remained there until retirement.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Katheryn Lensen of Washington; a daughter, Nancy Lensen-Tomasson of Richmond; and three grandsons. STANTON P. SENDER Lawyer

Stanton P. Sender, 62, a Washington lawyer who drafted legislation in the 1960s to establish the Department of Transportation and later worked to deregulate the industry as a lobbyist, died at Georgetown University Medical Center after a heart attack Nov. 7.

Mr. Sender, of Washington, worked for the Interstate Commerce Commission's general counsel's office in 1961 and later served on the Senate Commerce Committee. In 1969, he was hired by the Washington office of Sears, Roebuck and Co. and later was named its director of legislative affairs, in charge of lobbying to deregulate transportation.

He remained with Sears for 20 years and in 1989 became a partner in the Washington office of the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. He served as the firm's chairman of the government relations practice group.

Mr. Sender was born in Seattle and served as assistant attorney general in his native Washington state. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard law school.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle Sender, and two sons, Jason and Todd Sender, all of Washington. JAMES R.L. ROBINSON SR. Lawyer

James R.L. Robinson Sr., 57, a retired senior lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board who had been in private practice in Washington since 1984, died of cancer Nov. 5 at Greater Southeast Community Hospital.

Mr. Robinson was a native of Scotland Neck, N.C., and a graduate of North Carolina Central University. He received a law degree from the University of North Carolina. He served in the Army.

Mr. Robinson moved to Washington in 1967 to work for the NLRB. His private practice was in criminal law.

He was a Mason and a member of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity and the NAACP.

His marriage to Frances Privott Robinson ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Laurie Nicole Robinson of Fort Washington and J. Russell Robinson Jr. of Washington; his mother, Oriene Robinson, three brothers, Wayne, Michael and John Raymond Robinson, and his grandmother, Amanda Solomon, all of Scotland Neck; and three sisters, Betty Woods of Oxon Hill, Deborah Ann Robinson of Fort Washington and Ometra Walker of Scotland Neck. JAMES NUT' BRENT Mechanic

James "Nut" Brent, 64, a self-employed mechanic who repaired cars, motorcycles and firearms and rebuilt machinery, died Oct. 30 at Howard University Hospital. He had suffered a heart attack and had undergone heart bypass surgery.

Mr. Brent was a lifelong resident of Washington. He was a graduate of Phelps Vocational High School, where he won a science fair competition for building an engine for a model car that reached 150 mph.

Later he was a foreign car specialist at Manhattan Motors. From 1968 until the mid-1970s, worked at Howard University, where he repaired machinery and equipment.

Since the 1970s, he had been self-employed. His work included contract jobs for law enforcement agencies.

His avocations included racing motorcycles.

He was a member of Glendale Baptist Church in Washington.

His marriage to Audrey White Brent ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Joanne Brent Hart of Waldorf; a son, Jon Kevin Brent of Manassas; and two grandchildren. JOSEPH ALOYSIUS AUKWARD Environmental Consultant

Joseph Aloysius Aukward, 72, a physicist who had been a consultant on environmental pollution problems and other projects since the 1960s, died of cancer Oct. 28 at his home in New Carrollton.

He was a Washington native and graduate of Gonzaga College High School, where he played on the football team that won the city championship in 1941. He received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a master's degree in physics from Catholic University.

Mr. Aukward served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

He began his career as a physicist with the National Bureau of Standards, now the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and later worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp.

He was a charter member of the New Carrollton Recreation Club and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Landover.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Eileen Fanning Aukward of New Carrollton; seven children, 16 grandchildren, a brother and a sister. KATHERINE T. SEWARD Nurse

Katherine T. Seward, 88, a licensed practical nurse who had worked in the pediatric unit at D.C. General Hospital, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 6 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. Seward was born in Pittsburgh and moved to Washington as a child. She attended Dunbar High School and Miner Normal School.

During the 1930s, she taught elementary school in New Bern, N.C., and Crisfield, Md.

She returned to Washington and graduated in 1947 in the first class of practical nurses at M.M. Washington Vocational High School. She worked at D.C. General Hospital until retiring in the early 1970s.

Mrs. Seward had served on the D.C. examining board for licensed practical nurses.

She was a 60-year member of Salem Baptist Church in Washington.

Her husband, Benson Seward, died in 1989. Survivors include a sister, Madeline Triplett of Washington, and a stepson, Freeman Seward of Carson, Calif. JOHN WILLIAM KEITH JR. Certified Public Accountant

John William Keith Jr., 74, a partner in the certified public accounting firm of Lucas, Keith and Associates, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 7 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Rockville.

Mr. Keith was a native of Centreville, Md., and a graduate of Benjamin Franklin University. He served in the Army in North Africa during World War II.

He was a CPA in the Washington area for 48 years and had his own firm for about 25 years. He went into partnership two years ago.

He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bethesda and the Maryland Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Molly Thompson Keith of Rockville; four children, Joy K. Krause of St. Simons Island, Ga., John William Keith III of Gaithersburg, Judith K. Splaine of Silver Spring and Arthur Thompson Keith of Gaithersburg; a sister, Mary K. Jukes of Easton, Md.; a brother, Ronald L. Keith of Severna Park; and three grandchildren. NORMAN ERVIN JACKSON Water Chief

Norman Ervin Jackson, 82, former director of water supply and sanitation for the D.C. Department of Public Works, died Oct. 24 in a retirement home in Nashville of complications after a stroke.

Mr. Jackson born in Lamar County, Ga. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and received a master's degree in civil engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

He worked in Nashville and Boston before moving to Washington and joining the engineering staff of the D.C. Department of Public Works in 1950. Since retiring in 1987, he had lived in Nashville.

He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association and the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church.

His wife, Anne Lofton Jackson, died in 1994. Survivors include a son, Norman Ervin Jackson Jr. of Paris; a sister, Lillian C. Ball of Senoia, Ga.; and a granddaughter. LILY BERKES Translator

Lily Berkes, 94, a former language instructor who was a volunteer translator at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 8 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Rockville.

Mrs. Berkes was born in Osijek, Yugoslavia. She lived in Madrid from 1942 to 1977, when she moved to the Washington area. Fluent in seven languages, she taught at the Berlitz School and the Sanz School. She was a volunteer translator for patients at NIH from 1978 to 1994.

Her husband, Paul Berkes, died in 1952, and a daughter, Eva Aubry, died in 1977.

Survivors include a daughter, Daisy Feffer of Washington; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. ROBERT ELWELL Artist and Messenger

Robert Elwell, 34, an artist and messenger who was a 1980 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, died Oct. 30 at a hospital in New York of injuries suffered when his bike was hit by a car Oct. 27.

Mr. Elwell was born in Los Angeles and moved to Chevy Chase in 1969. He attended the Corcoran School of Art. He had lived in New York since 1983.

Survivors include his wife of six years, Jennifer Everhart of New York; his mother, Patricia Trembley of Santa Fe, N.M.; his father and stepmother, Richard and Susan Elwell, both of Chevy Chase; three brothers, David Elwell of Washington, Joseph Elwell of Berkeley, Calif., and Peter Elwell of New York; and a half-brother, Martin Elwell of Chevy Chase. JEWELL MURRAY HICKSON Secretary

Jewell Murray Hickson, 72, who retired in 1985 as a secretary at the International Communication Industry Association, died of pancreatic cancer Nov. 8 at her home in Fairfax.

She was a native of Washington and a graduate of Western High School, now the Ellington School of the Arts. She attended Strayer College.

Mrs. Hickson was a clerk at the War Department during World War II and later was a keypunch operator and supervisor with Fairfax County. She worked for the industry association for 13 years.

She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader and a member of the Water Sprites, a water aerobics group at Oak Manor Recreation Center in Fairfax.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Harold M. Hickson, and their children, Linda Hewes and Michael Hickson, all of Fairfax, and four grandchildren.

Two daughters predeceased her, Mary Christine Hickson in 1952 and Kathleen Labriola in 1987. NORMAN G. SCHMIDT Lawyer

Norman G. Schmidt, 92, a retired lawyer who specialized in legislation and policies affecting coal, died Nov. 8 at the Virginian health care center in Fairfax. He had cancer.

Mr. Schmidt was born in Pittsburgh. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and its law school.

He moved to Washington in 1934, and for the next 40 years, he worked for private organizations and government agencies, mostly on matters relating to coal.

Early in his career, he was secretary of producer groups and appeared before House and Senate committees for hearings on coal legislation. Later, he worked for the Solid Fuels Administration for War, the American Retail Coal Association, the National Bituminous Coal Advisory Council, Eastern Coal Corporation, Cooper Trent Inc. and the transportation department of the Federal Railroad Office of Economics. He retired in 1973.

For 55 years, Mr. Schmidt was a member of the choir of Central United Methodist Church in Arlington.

He was a Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite and Kena Temple.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Wilma Schmidt of Fairfax; three children, Norman B. Schmidt of Reading, Pa., Lynne S. Lilly of Arlington and Marlene S. Hartley of Fairfax City; and seven grandchildren. DONOVAN KELLY GRAYSON Clerk

Donovan Kelly Grayson, 42, a former mail-room clerk with MCI Corp. who lived in Arlington, died Oct. 13 at Washington Hospital Center. He had AIDS.

Mr. Grayson was a native of Washington and a graduate of Spingarn High School. He managed the KB Cerberus movie theater in the 1970s and then worked for car rental agencies. He was at MCI from 1987 to 1993. He served as honorary youth mayor of the District in 1972 and 1973. Survivors include his parents, Rosa and Henderson Tillery of Washington; four brothers; and two sisters.