Dan Cryor, 45, executive assistant to Rep. Edwin B. Forsythe (R-N.J.) for the last two years, died Wednesday at Georgetown University Hospital after heart surgery.

From 1969 until his death, he also was coin columnist for the Philadelphia Bulletin.

Mr Cryor came to Washington in 1972 as Capital bureau chief of Philadelphia's WCAU-TV station. He had joined WCAU in 1966 as a tour guide and later became a radio writer and reporter and then a television reporter for the station.

He covered Pennsylvania politics for the television station and in 1972 was honored by the Pennsylvania House of Pepresentatives for "accuracy and objectivity" in reporting.

Born in St. Louis, Mr Cryor was a graduate of Villanova University. He served with the 1st Marine Division in Korea before joining WCAU.

In 1972, he was appointed to the U.S. Assay Commission by President Nixon. From 1973 to 1975, he wrote a coin column for The Washington Star.

Mr Cryor was a former president of the Valley Forge Coin Club and a member of the board of trustees of the Wilson Library in King of Prussia, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, and three daughters, Allison, Jennifer and deidre, all of the home in Potamac; his father, Stanley Cryor, of Landsdale, Pa.; two brothers, Don, of Cleveland and Jack, of Lincoln park, N.J., and two sisters, Joan Boeggeman, of Newton Square, Pa., and Katherine Rossiter, of Paoli, Pa.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Stone Ridge School in Bethesda.