Eleanor Littlejohn Crosby, a Washington resident who lived in Havana for the 14 years prior to Fidel Castro assumed power, died Thursday in Georgetown University Hospital after a long illness. She was 60.

A native of California, Mrs. Crosby grew up and was educated in Mexico, graduating from the University of Mexico in Mexico City.

She spent time in Uruguay, where her husband, Kenneth M. Crosby, worked for the U.S. Embassy, in Montevideo, and then moved with him to Havana where he opened and managed an office of the brokerage house of Merrill Lynch, Fenner & Smith.

During her years in Havana Mrs Crosby was active in the Havana Women's Book and Timble Club, and served for a time as president of the charitable society.

After spending the years from 1961 to 1965 in Spain Mrs. Crosby and her husband returned to Washington. Much of Mrs. Crosby's time here was spent working with Project Hope.

Mrs. Crosby is survived by her husband, of the home in Washington; two daughters, Valerie: and two sisters, and Lorna L. Rank, of Camarillo, Calif.

The family requests that any remembrances be in the form of contributions in Mrs. Crosby's name to Project Hope.