William S. Field, 55, a patent searcher who had owned and operated a self-named practice in Burke since 1978, died Nov. 8 at Capital Caring hospice in Arlington County.

He had stomach cancer, said his brother James Field.

William Samuel Field was born Washington and raised in Alexandria and New York. He was a resident of Burke.

His marriage to the former Dawn Crawford ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Maxwell Field of Burke; and three brothers.

— Megan McDonough