Thursday's obituary about Julian Payne Freret misstated the military service in which he served during World War II. He served in the Army. (Published 09/17/1999)

Julian Payne Freret, 81, a communications lawyer who was a founder of the Washington law firm Booth & Freret, died of cancer Sept. 13 at the home of a son in Chantilly.

For 30 years, until he retired about four years ago, Mr. Freret practiced communications law with the firm, which today is Booth, Freret, Imlay & Tepper.

A resident of Bethesda, he was born in New Orleans. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Tulane University, where he also received a law degree. During World War II, he served in the Navy, where he helped develop radar systems. He settled in the Washington area after the war.

In this area, his career included work for the Naval Research Laboratory, service as administrative assistant to Sen. Allen J. Ellender (D-La.) and the practice of law with the firm Roberts & McGinnis.

Mr. Freret was an amateur radio operator. Other avocations included home photography and car repair.

His marriage to Betty Strachan ended in divorce. His second wife, Annabelle Ingram, died in the 1960s. His third wife, Mary Howley, died in February.

Survivors include three sons from his first marriage, Julian P. Freret Jr. of Los Altos, Calif., Charles S. Freret of Chantilly and Norman P. Freret of Alexandria; two daughters from his second marriage, Mary S. Freret of New Tripoli, Pa., and Carole A. Freret of Bethesda; a son from his third marriage, Michael W. Freret of Phoenix; and 14 grandchildren.