P.K. Norris, 82, a retired official of the Department of Agriculture's foreign service, died Saturday at his home in Bethesda after a long illness.
He had retired in 1962 after 41 years of service, 32 of them with the Foreign Agricultural Service and its predecessors.
At his retirement, Mr. Norris was director of the sugar and tropical products division. Earlier he had served as director of the import division and before that was with the cotton division.
Born in Plevna, Mo., Mr. Norris grew in Mangum, Okla. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Oklahoma State University. He served with the Army in World War I.
He began his career as an agricultural economist, serving in Oklahoma as one of the first county extension agents.
he first came to Washington in 1930 to work as a cotton specialist in the Agriculture Department's office of foreign agricultural relations.
While his home base was here, Mr. Norris traveled extensively and lived in China, India, Egypt and Brazil. He visited all of the major cotton areas of the world.
Mr. Norris participated in many international conferences, including those on tariffs and trade. From 1939 to 1944, he was secretary of the International Cotton Advisory Committee, an association of importing and exporting countries monitoring the world cotton market.
Mr. Norris was a Mason and a member of the Fossils.
He is survived by his wife, Hazelee, of the home, and a sister, Grace Kile, of Norman, Okla.