Dr. Ernest D. Dick, 88, a noted Seventh-Day Adventist educator, died Monday at Washington Adventist Hospital.

He had served as general secretary at the world headquarters of the church here from 1936 until 1952. Dr. Dick then served as president of the Theological Seminary of the church until retiring in 1958.

After retirement, he became director-coordinator of welfare services for the 23 Seventh-Day Adventist churches serving the Washington area. He was a member of the Sligo church.

Born in Ozawkie, Kan., Dr. Dick worked as farm manager at Union College in Lincoln, Neb., where he graduated in 1914. He then became principal of Canadian Junior College in Edmonton, Alberta.

In 1922, Dr. Dick went to South Africa as principal of Spion Kop College. Five years later he became educational secretary for the Southern African division of Seventh-Day Adventists.

In 1932, Dr. Dick was elected educational secretary for the Northern European division of the church with headquarters in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. He held that position until his election to the General Conference here as general secretary in 1936.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Bell Dick, of the home in Takoma Park; two children, Dr. Delbert Russell Dick, of Takoma Park, and Robert Eldon Dick, of Silver Spring, and eight grandchildren.