Dr. Irving S. Fusfeld, 84, vice president emeritus and the first dean of Gallaudet College, died March 8 at his home in Ann Arbor, Mich.

He had joined the faculty of Gallaudet, the world's only accredited liberal arts college for the deaf, in 1916.

Dr. Fusfel rose through the ranks of instruction to professorships in psychology and education. He became the first dean in 1939 and served in that capacity until 1953 when he was named vice president.

During his tenure, he had made studies of the occupational status of the deaf, of language-teaching problems in schools for the deaf and of personality problems of young college students.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Fusfeld was a graduate of columbia Univesity, where h also received a master's degree. He earned a second master's degree from Gallaudet awarded him an honorary doctor of letters in 1946.

From 1920 until 1943, Mr. Fusfeld was editor of the American Annals of the Deaf. He was coauthor, with Dr. Rudolph Pintner, of the Survey of American Schools for the Deaf, published in 1928.

After his retirement from Gallaudet in 1960s, Dr. Fusfeld served for several years as staff psychologist at the California School for the Deaf in Berkeley. He moved to Ann Arbor in 1974.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Cecile Fusfeld, and two sons.