Timothy Foley Daley, 79, former associate general counsel of the Veterans Administration in the 1960s, died Saturday of cancer in an Arlington convalescent home.

Mr. Daley, who lived in Northwest Washington for 40 years, worked with the Veterans Bureau for 44 years.

A specialist in the field of legislation, Mr. Daley served as general counsel of the Veterans Administration for nine years, from 1956 to 1965.

Dr. Daley was especially instrumental in creating educational and training programs for veterans of the Korean war.

Born in Island Pond, Vt., Mr. Daley attended schools in Burlington, Vt. before becoming a captain in the Army during World War I.

He then received a degree from Holy Cross College and then while working at the VA during the day earned his law degree from Georgetown University.

Mr. Daley, first went to the Veterans Bureau in 1921, when the agency was first formed, as a worker in their claims division.

Before 1921 veterans were given government aid through the Bureau of War Risk, which the Veterans Bureau supplanted. In 1930 the Veterans Bureau became the Veterans Administration.

He is survived by four daughters: Patricia Een, of Lorton; Irma Kay Sheehy, of Falls Church; Joan Corbley of Vienna and Maureen Favo, of Oakmont, Pa.; a son, Dr. Timothy H. Daley of McLean; two sisters, Marie O'Hern of Orange, N.J.; and Marguerite Daley of Pittsfield, Mass.; two brothers: Gerald Daley, of Burlington, Vt., and Lawrence Daley of Rocky Mountain, Col.; 29 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.