Charles Effinger Smoot, 91, a former assistant general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission and co-founder of the Ski Club of Washington, D.C., died Sept. 23 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda of respiratory failure.

Born in Staunton, Va., Mr. Smoot moved to the District in 1917 and lived in Washington until shortly before his death. He graduated from Central High School in 1926 and for the next decade worked for the Agriculture and Interior Departments.

He graduated from George Washington University and from its law school in 1935.

Mr. Smoot entered private practice in 1937 and joined the FCC in 1955. At the commission until 1961, he oversaw the legislative, treaties and rules division.

Until his retirement in 1988, Mr. Smoot was a trust officer at several area banks and later a consultant, most recently for Crestar Bank.

He became director of the D.C. Bar Association in 1954 and was the budget officer for the Administrative Law Division of the American Bar Association from 1957 to 1987.

Mr. Smoot also was general counsel in the 1950s and held other leadership positions with Community Chest Federation-National Capital Area.

In 1980, he was president of the Washington Estate Planning Council.

He and fellow Washingtonians started the ski club in January 1936, a particularly snowy month. A train took an informal group of young New Dealers to Western Virginia, and the event went over so well, a club was formed. It now has several thousand members.

Mr. Smoot stopped skiing only a few years ago.

Mr. Smoot's wife of 26 years, Lucille Hein "Pee Zee" Smoot, died in 1986.

He is survived by a stepson, Gerald A. "Rusty" Butler of Eureka, Ill., and two step-grandchildren.