Evaretta Sims Rutherford, 67, a professor of education at Howard University since 1963, died Thursday at Washington Hospital Center after apparently suffering a heart attack.

Born in Washington, she was a graduate of Howard and later earned a master's degree from New York University and a doctorate in education from Harvard University.

Dr. Rutherford taught English at Booker T. Washington High School and education at Benedict College, both in Columbia, S.C., before returning to Howard as a member of the faculty in 1963.

For a number of years she was director of the educational program for the annual program for the annual trip, "Educators to Africa," sponsored by the African American Institue. Both she and her husband, Dr. Harry B. Rutherford, who is census supervisor of the D.C. public schools, made several of the trips to Africa.

She was a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Education Association of University Women.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Dr. Harry B. Jr., of Columbia, S.C., and Dr. William H., of Washington; a brother, John Sims, of Los Angeles; three sisters, Mary Miller, Marjorie Campbell and Naomi Mallet, all of Wahington, and four grandchildren.