The Rev. Crawford William Brown, 82, the first director of the chaplaincy service of the Veterans Administration and a former canon of the Washington Cathedral, died at a hospital in San Gabriel, Calif., Saturday as a result of pneumonia.

Dr. Brown was appointed to organize a chaplains service for the VA in 1945 and directed the service until 1947. In that year, he became canon precentor the Washington Cathedral. He was responsible for arranging services of worship at the cathedral as well as carrying out pastoral duties. In 1952, he resigned and a year later became rector of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel, Calif., where he served until his retirement in 1965.

Dr. Brown was born in Winnipeg, Canada. He attended the University of Minnesota and served in the U.S. Army in France during World War I. He graduated from the Seabury Theological Seminary in Evansville, Ill., in 1928. He served in churches in St. Paul, Minn. and White Water, Wis. until 1941, when he became a chaplain until moving to the veterans Administration.

He was awarded a doctor of divinity degree by Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1948.

Survivors include his wife, Olivia, of the home in San Gabriel; a son, Dr. Crawford Southwell Brown, of Bethesda, and two granddaughters.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Crawford William Brown Memorial Fund, Church of Our Savior, San Gabriel, Calif.