S. Walter Washington, 76, who retired after more than 25 years in the Foreign Service and then taught at the University of Virginia from 1954 to 1960, died April 3 at an El Paso, Tex., hospital after suffering a stroke.

Mr. Washington was born in Charles Town, W. Va. He earned a bachelor's degree at Virginia Military Institute, then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in jurisprudence.

After teaching economics at the Canegie Institute of Technology for two years, he entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1926.

Mr. Washington served in Latin America, Europe, Japan and Turkey. He was an adviser to the U.S. delegations at the 1947 UNESCO Conference in Mexico City.

After retiring from the Foreign Service in 1953, he became a lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson department of foreign affairs at the University of Virginia.

He then taught at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan for nine years, before retiring in 1969.

Mr. Washington was a member of the Association of Rhodes Scholars, the American Foreign Service Association, the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired (DACOR), and the Metropolitan Club.

He is survived by his wife, Adriana, of the home in Las Cruces, N.M.; a son, Dr. John A. Washington II, of Rochester, Minn.; and a brother, Dr. John A. Washington, of Charles Town, and three grandchildren.