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Frank A. DeCosta Jr.,63, an attorney who...

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Frank A. DeCosta Jr.,63, an attorney who practiced law in Baltimore and served as deputy chief of staff to Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, died of a heart attack Sept. 29 at his Albuquerque, N.M., home. The native of Florence, Ala., graduated from Howard University Law School and was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1964.

He served as an assistant state attorney general and joined the firm of Weinberg and Green in the 1970s, and was a trustee of Goucher and Villa Julie colleges. He founded D&H; in the 1970s, a firm that offered investment planning, public relations and import-export sales.

His marriage to the former Senora L. Reckling ended in divorce. He is survived by two sons, Frank A. DeCosta III of Annapolis and John Wesley DeCosta, who is serving in the Army in Korea; a sister, Miriam DeCosta-Willis of Memphis, Tenn.; his mother, Beautine DeCosta-Lee of Baltimore; and a grandson.

Frederick C. Belen,85, a former deputy U.S. postmaster general during the Johnson administration who helped initiate ZIP codes, died Wednesday in Arlington, Va. Mr. Belen, who had Parkinson's disease, chaired the committee whose studies helped initiate and oversee automation of the Post Office, using ZIP -- Zoning Improvement Plan -- code numbers for towns and cities and a network of regional distribution centers.

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