An article yesterday on appointments to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board erroneously reported that Gerald Bruce Lee is the only black member of the board. Ruby McZier is also a black appointee to the panel. (Published 11/28/90)

Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder replaced prominent Democratic fund-raiser William G. Thomas and Arlingtonian Bette B. Anderson on the board that runs National and Dulles International airports yesterday.

In their places, Wilder chose Alexandria lawyer Gerald Bruce Lee and Vienna lawyer and Democratic Party activist Daniel S. Alcorn. Their six-year terms began immediately.

Thomas, a lawyer and lobbyist who was an ally of former governors Charles S. Robb and Gerald L. Baliles, had not actively campaigned to retain his post on the 11-member Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board, according to officials. However, some officials said privately they were surprised by the ouster of Thomas, who has headed the board's Legal Committee.

Thomas could not be reached for comment. His replacement was announced in Richmond about the time that he and fellow board members concluded a seven-hour workshop at Dulles on plans to improve that airport.

Anderson, a management consultant who has been on the board for four years, said she would have welcomed reappointment but added, "I don't know that you go out and campaign for these kind of things . . . . I figured that if the governor couldn't look and see that I had done a qualified job," then someone else should be chosen.

"We're both strong Democrats," she said of herself and Thomas.

Lee, 38, is the only black member of the board. Earlier this year he lost a bid for a Fairfax County Circuit Court judgeship. Lee is a law partner of Del. Bernard S. Cohen (D-Alexandria).

Alcorn, 35, has headed the 10th District Democratic Committee and helped raise funds for Wilder's campaign. Alcorn is a special counsel to the state Attorney General's Office.

"We welcome them to the board," stated Chairman Linwood Holton, "but I'm sorry that {Wilder} didn't see fit to reappoint" Thomas.

Laura Dillard, Wilder's press secretary, said that "the governor appointed those individuals he feels are the best qualified at this time."

The changes come at a time when the authority is waging a legal battle to retain its powers in the face of an adverse court ruling and is planning $1.5 billion in improvements at the two airports.

Some local officials and citizen activists had lobbied Wilder to appoint board members who would work to limit noise near National Airport. Alcorn said yesterday that "noise and environmental concerns" at National "need to be addressed" because of community concerns, adding that he does not "have any special interests to pursue."

Lee also said he brings no specific agenda to the panel. Both men said they have not yet had time to study details of issues such as noise restrictions at National.