The Rev. Dr. Lowell B. Hazzard, 79, professor emeritus of Old Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, died Saturday at hishome in Pontiac, Ill.

He had joined the seminary faculty in 1951 and retired in 1970, when he moved to Pontiac.

An author of the church school literature of the United Methodist Church and a well known Bible lecturer, Dr. Hazzard had published "Jesus and the Kingdom of God," "Fairest Lord Jesus" and "A Pocket Book of Methodist Beliefs" during his tenure here.

Born in Peoria, III., he was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyen University. He earned a bachelor of divinity degree from Garrett Biblical Institute in Evanston, III., where he later received a doctor of divinity degree.He also held a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Before coming here, Dr. Hazzard held pastorates at Grace United Methodist Church in Peoria, Pittsfield United Methodist Church in Pittsfield, III., and Union Methodist Church in Quincy, III.

He also served as an assistant professor of English Bible at Ohio Wesleyan and professor of religion at Illionois Wesleyan University.

A member of the Central Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, Dr. Hazzard belonged to the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis, the National Association of Bible Instructors, the Religious Education Association and Phi Beta Keppa.

He is survived by three children, Joseph, of South Carolina, Robert, of Michigan, and Mary Etzler, of Wooodbridge, Va.