Richard F. Lawson, 87, who worked at Metro from 1973 to 1976 as assistant director of operations and maintenance, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 4 at the Arbors nursing home in Melbourne, Fla. He had lived in Florida since 1984.

Mr. Lawson came to the Washington area in the mid-1930s as principal schedule-maker at Capital Transit Co. and then worked at AB&W Transit Co. from 1951 to 1973, leaving as general manager.

He was a past president of the Virginia Passenger Bus Association, a past president of the Alexandria chapter of the Civitan service organization and a past governor of Civitan's Chesapeake district.

He volunteered at Camp Tapawingo, a camp for retarded youths, in Manassas.

His hobbies included bowling.

His marriage to Miriam Lawson ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dorcas Lawson, of Melbourne; a daughter from his first marriage, Hope Jones of Hammond, Ind.; two sons from his first marriage, Richard Lawson Jr. of Boise, Idaho, and Teryl Lawson of Clermont, Fla.; two sons from his second marriage, Michael Lawson of Springfield and Thomas Lawson of Los Angeles; a stepson, Hall Livingston of Bowie; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.