Edward D. Gasson 67, a lawyer in Northern Virginia since 1946, died Sunday at Alexandria Hospital after an apparent heart attack.

He was a partner in the law firm of Phillips, Kendrick, Gearhart and Aylor, working in its Fairfax offices. He had joined the firm in 1946, when it was Jesse, Phillips, Klinge and Kendrirk.

Born in Fredericksburg, Va., Mr. Gasson moved to Alexandria as a child. He was a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia Law School.

He practiced law in New York City until 1940, when he returned here as a civilian administrative assistant to the undersecretary of the Navy.

Mr. Gasson then was commissioned in the Navy and commanded an escort ship in the Pacific during World War II.

He was a former member of the board of directors of the Fairfax County Chambers of Commerce, a past president of the Fairfax County Bar Association and a member of the American Rights of Way Association.

Mr. Gasson, who lived in Alexandria until 1959 when he moved to Dunn Loring, had been active in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria. Later he was a founder and senior warden of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in McLean.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn B., of the home in Dunn Loring; a sister, Mrs Albert V. Bryan, of Alexandria, and a brother, Harry Gasson, of Lynchburg.