Retired Air Force Col. Lynn Frank Woodworth, 82, a teacher and principal in D.C. high schools for 35 years, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday in a Washington hospital.

Col. Woodworth, who received a master's degree in education from George Washington University in 1930, taught at the old Business High School, which later became Roosevelt High, at Central High and Eastern High Schools. He also served as principal in the latter two high schools, retiring from Eastern in 1963.

While principal at Eastern, Col. Woodworth was selected by President Eisenhower to establish a pilot program there for the integration of the D.C. school system.

Col. Woodworth taught English and history and was a military instructor of the cadet corps and a coach of competitive sports. During sabbaticals and summer holidays, he and Dr. Donald R. MacJannet established summer vacation camps in France for international students. Col. Woodworth introduced students to the American Red Cross swimming competitions, water safety and other programs. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his work.

Col. Woodworth was born in Cedar Springs, Mich. In World War I he served with the Marine Corps, and in World War II with combat intelligence in the 12th Air Force. He came to Washington in 1924, and worked for the old Washington News before entering George Washington University.

He was a member of St. Johns Episcopal Church, the Capitol Hill Lions Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife Anita B., of the home in Washington, and a sister, Mildred W. Havlick, of Green Bay, Wis.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Jewish National Fund in Silver Spring or to the Woodworth-MacJannet Foundation in Washington.