Tomoyuki Tanaka, 86, the father of the Godzilla monster movie series, died of a stroke April 2 in Tokyo, 16 months after his giant lizard-like creation was killed off in the final Japanese episode.

Mr. Tanaka, a former chairman of the Toho Co. film production firm, rose to fame in 1954 with the film "Godzilla," the story of a monster awakened from a long slumber by hydrogen bomb testing in the South Pacific.

Godzilla caught on in Japan and gained cult status abroad, where some read the film as an allegory on the perils of the atomic age.

Mr. Tanaka produced 22 Godzilla films before the much-loved lizard met his match at the claws of an equally bizarre creation in the December 1995 "Godzilla Vs. Destroyer."

Mr. Tanaka's rampaging, reptilian brainchild will outlive his creator, however, reappearing in a 1998 film by U.S. director Roland Emmerich, Toho Co. announced in October.

The name of the monster, which always made comebacks after repeatedly perishing in movies, is a cross between "god" and a Japanese word for whale, "kujira."

Mr. Tanaka, who joined Toho after graduating from college in 1940, went on to produce more than 200 films, including "Akahige" (Red Beard) and "Kagemusha" with Academy Award-winning director Akira Kurosawa. DONALD N. LEDBETTER Postal Association President

Donald N. Ledbetter, 83, former president of the National Association of Postal Supervisors, died March 29 at Holy Cross Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Ledbetter was born in Memphis. He was a supervisor in the Memphis post office before he moved to the Washington area in 1959 to join the staff of the National Association of Postal Supervisors. He retired from the association as president in 1986.

Mr. Ledbetter was a member of Atonement Presbyterian Church in Silver Spring. He was an instructor of Dale Carnegie leadership courses, and he was an enthusiastic golfer.

During World War II, he served in the Army.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Margaret Jones Ledbetter of Silver Spring; two children, Elizabeth Poirier of Rockville and Joseph Ledbetter of Olney; a sister; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. MIRIAM J. RADFORD Wife of Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Miriam J. Radford, 102, the widow of Adm. Arthur W. Radford, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died of congestive heart failure March 30 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. Radford accompanied her husband on travels around the world when he was chairman during the Eisenhower administration. She also accompanied him on postings in Trinidad, Norfolk and Hawaii. They settled in Washington in 1969, and he died in 1972.

Mrs. Radford was born in Portland, Ore., and grew up in Oregon and California.

She was a greeter at the Navy Chapel in Washington, a director of the Washington Home and a member of the Chevy Chase Club and the Sulgrave Club.

Her marriage to Claude Maze ended in divorce.

Their son, Robert Maze, a Marine Corps fighter pilot, was shot down and lost in the Pacific in 1945. Her survivors include a grandson. JOHN K. CARLOCK Treasury Official

John K. Carlock, 84, who retired in 1975 as a fiscal assistant secretary after 34 years with the Treasury Department, died of cancer March 30 at his home in Washington. He had lived in Washington since 1941 and also maintained a cattle ranch in Vernon, Ariz.

Mr. Carlock, a native of Globe, Ariz., was a graduate of the University of Arizona. He moved to Washington and joined the general counsel's office of the Treasury Department before serving with the Coast Guard during World War II. He then returned to the Treasury Department, where he remained until his retirement.

He was a member of L'Alliance Francaise in Washington.

His wife of 55 years, Hallie Carlock, died earlier in March.

Survivors include a brother, George Read Carlock of Phoenix. DONALD L. MAY Sr. Merchant and Realtor

Donald L. May Sr., 79, a retired Shannon & Luchs Realtor and past president of the old May wholesale hardware company in Washington, died of a heart ailment March 31 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. May, a resident of Southern Shores, N.C., was stricken while visiting relatives.

He joined May Hardware Co. after the Korean War and served as the company's president from the 1960s until it closed in 1970. He spent the next 17 years with Shannon & Luchs before retiring from their Potomac offices and moving to North Carolina in 1987.

Mr. May, a Washington native, was a graduate of Sidwell Friends School and Virginia Military Institute. During World War II, he served as an Army tank commander in Africa and Italy before two years as a prisoner of war. Recalled to active duty during the Korean War, he taught military science at VMI.

He was a member of the Montgomery Board of Realtors.

His wife of 49 years, Harriet C. May, died last year.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth, of West Palm Beach, and Robert and Donald Jr., both of Gaithersburg; three daughters, Harriet Roberts of West Palm Beach, Christine Hicks of Cleveland and Patricia Kennedy of Brooksville, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. ROBERT THOMAS BALBONI VOA Engineer

Robert Thomas Balboni, 72, an Annandale resident who had been a Voice of America civil engineer in Washington for more 20 years before retiring in 1985, died March 30 at Fairfax Hospital. He died of pneumonia after surgery for a bladder ailment.

Mr. Balboni, who came to the Washington area in 1963, was born in Hartford, Conn. He was a civil engineering graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He served with the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II.

He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale and the Falls Church Elks Lodge.

His marriage to Muriel Balboni ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, William Marion Balboni of Annandale and Robert Joseph Balboni of Reston; a daughter, Maureen Adele Balboni Neal of Woodbridge; his stepmother, Pauline Balboni, and two brothers, Richard and Mauro, all of Connecticut; and two grandsons. ROBERT RADFORD HIBBEN Letter Carrier

Robert Radford Hibben, 77, a retired Alexandria letter carrier, died of cancer March 28 at Goodwin House in Alexandria.

Mr. Hibben was born in New York and moved to the Washington area as a child. He graduated from Landon School and Dartmouth College. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps.

After the war, he was a ticket agent supervisor for American Airlines and an insurance salesman for Prudential Insurance. He was a lobbyist for a company that sold supplies for ice cream manufacturers.

He became a letter carrier in 1959 and retired on disability in 1980.

For 20 years, he had been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

He had been a vestryman and verger at Episcopal All Saints Sharon Chapel in Alexandria.

His marriage to Margaret Lovett Pelton ended in divorce, and his second wife, Virginia R. Hibben, died in 1993.

Survivors include two daughters from his first marriage, Margaret Lovett LaGarde of Glenmoore, Pa., and Ann Feller of Birmingham; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. PAULA M. SHEAHAN KARLSON Health Educator

Paula M. Sheahan Karlson, 34, the deputy division director for policy at the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health in Arlington, died March 22 at Georgetown University Hospital of complications from a bone marrow transplant 14 months ago. She had leukemia.

Mrs. Karlson, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Cumberland, R.I. She graduated from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass., and received a master's degree in health administration at George Mason University.

For the last eight years, she had worked at the maternal and child health education center, which is affiliated with Georgetown University.

Survivors include her husband of 1 1/2 years, William E. Karlson of Alexandria; her parents, Paul and Michelle Sheahan of Portsmouth, R.I.; a sister, Amy Sheahan of Alexandria; and two brothers, David and Kevin Sheahan of Rhode Island. FRANCIS GAY BITTINGER Sales Engineer

Francis Gay Bittinger, 79, a lifelong Washington resident who retired in the late 1980s as a sales engineer for Drydene Oil Co. in Baltimore, died March 30 at the Washington Home. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Bittinger, a graduate of Western High School, attended the University of Maryland and graduated from Bliss Electrical School. He served with the Army in Europe during World War II. After the war, he became part owner of the family construction management firm, Bittinger Brothers. He was a sales engineer for A. Wachter, a heavy construction machinery and tools firm in Washington, before joining Drydene in the early 1960s.

He was a Boy Scout leader in Washington during the 1940s and 1950s, and was a member of the National Historical Railroad Society and Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Margaret Bittinger of Washington; two sons, Douglas, of Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Peter, of Philadelphia; and a sister. LOUISE HELEN CHRISTMAN Administrative Assistant

Louise Helen Christman, 76, who had been an administrative assistant for the Baltimore County delegation to the Maryland House of Delegates since 1978, died of leukemia at her home in Annapolis.

Mrs. Christman, a native of Hoboken, N.J., attended secretarial school in New York, where she later did administrative work. She moved to Washington in 1958 and became an administrative assistant for the Department of the Navy. In 1978, she joined the House of Delegates.

She belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis and was a member of the West Annapolis Civic Association.

Her husband, John Michael Christman, died in 1977.

Survivors include a son, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael I. Christman of Annapolis. ALBERT E. MANLEY Howard Scholar

Albert E. Manley, 89, a retired president of Atlanta's Spelman College who had lived in Washington since 1976 and who had been a scholar-in-residence at Howard University, died March 28 at his home in Montego Bay, Jamaica, after an apparent heart attack.

Dr. Manley, who was president of Spelman for 22 years before retiring in 1976, was the first male and first black president of the predominantly black women's school. During Dr. Manley's years as president, Spelman's enrollment grew from 453 to 1,200 students from 38 states and 14 foreign countries. Five buildings were added to the campus, including a student center named in his honor.

In Washington, he had been active in work for the United Negro College Fund and the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolence. He was a member of the Cosmos Club and Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington.

Dr. Manley, who was born in Honduras, came to the United States in 1919. He had lived with relatives in Virginia. He graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina, and he received a master's degree from the Teachers College of Columbia University and an education doctorate from Stanford University. Before becoming Spelman's president, he had served as the dean of arts and sciences at North Carolina Central University.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Audrey Forbes Manley, who lives in Washington and is the acting U.S. surgeon general; and a sister, Florence Manley of New Orleans. WILLIAM P. MacPHERSON Business Owner

William Porter MacPherson, 50, a lifelong resident of the Washington area who was board chairman and chief executive of Sole Source, a Chantilly shoe refurbishing business, died of cancer April 1 at his home in Fairfax.

Mr. MacPherson, who was born in Washington, attended O'Connell High School in Arlington and Pembroke University in North Carolina. Before joining Sole in 1985, he had spent 14 years with the Washington Service Bureau of the Commerce Clearing House, where he became a vice president.

A golfer, he was a member of the Chantilly National Golf & Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Bradley MacPherson, and his mother, Mary Duffley MacPherson, both of Fairfax. MILDRED SHAIN GAY Administrative Officer

Mildred Shain Gay, 84, who retired from the National Park Service as an administrative officer in 1971, died of complications related to a stroke March 27 at Annaburg Manor health-care facility in Manassas. She lived in Nokesville.

Mrs. Gay was born in Woodland, Maine. In 1931, she came to the Washington area and began her career as a government secretary. She worked for the War Department and the Nokesville Post Office before joining the National Park Service in 1960 as a secretary at the Manassas National Battlefield. She was acting superintendent there for several months in 1969.

She retired from the Park Service as an administrative officer in Arlington.

From 1971 to 1977, she was a secretary for the Prince William County School Board.

She was president and secretary of United Methodist Women, a church school teacher at Nokesville United Methodist Church and a member of the Nokesville Senior Women's Home Demonstration Club. In 1993, she was grand marshal of the Nokesville Day Parade.

Her marriage to R.T. Gay ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Sara Lee Gay Armstrong of Catlett, Va.; a granddaughter; and a sister.