Clara E. Beverly, 74, a retired pediatrics nursing supervisor at Freedmen's Hospital, died of cancer Jan. 12 at Anne Arundel Hospital in Annapolis.

Miss Beverly served as pediatrics nursing supervisor at Freedmen's, now Howard University Hospital, from 1938 to 1946, and again from the early 1950s until she retired in 1958.

During World War II she served in the Army Nurse Corps. Then from 1946 to 1949, she worked in Africa and was director of nursing education at the Tubman National Institute Medical Arts School of Nursing in Monrovia, Liberia.

Miss Beverly was born in King George County, Va. She moved here at an early age and was a graduate of Dunbar High School.

She was a 1926 graduate of Freedmen's Hospital School of Nursing and earned a bachelor's degree in nursing education at Catholic University.

Miss Beverly did postgraduate work in the care of premature infants at Margaret Hague Hospital in New Jersey and at the University of Chicago.

She taught at the Provident Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore and the John A. Andrews Memorial Hospital in Tuskegee, Ala.

She was active in many local organizations, including the Girl Scouts, the Anne Arundel County Economic Opportunity Committee, the YWCA, and the Family Health Care Corporation.

Among the many awards and decorations Miss Beverly received for her work in nursing was that of Knight Official of the Liberian Order for African Redemption.

She was a member of Our Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church in Owensville, Md.

There are no immediate survivors.