Donald J. Pryor, 67, retired publications coordinator of the World Bank's information and public affairs department, died of cancer yesterday at his home in Washington.

With his retirement in 1975, he had completed a long career as a foreign correspondent, editor, United Nations official and public relations consultant. He had joined the World bank in 1964 as an editor.

His work at the World Bank was described as establishing "the foundation for a publications program that has become one of the most important ways in which the bank's work has been passed on to the rest of the world."

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Pryor was a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he also took graduate work in economics.

In the late 1930s, he was a reporter for United Press in Chicago and Michigan. During World War II, he was with the Columbia Broadcasting System as a war correspondent and as assistant director of news and special events in Washington, where he covered the State Department, the White House and national politics.

After the war, CBS sent Mr. Pryor to London to cover the first session of the United Nations General Assembly, to Nuremburg for the war crimes trials and to Paris, Rome and Athens for other major news events.

From 1949 to 1943, he was with two United Nations organizations, serving first as director of public relations with the International Refugee Organization in Geneva, and then with the Korean Reconstruction Agency in this country.

For a period during the 1950s, he headed the public relations firm of Don pryor Associates in Washington, was a consultant to the American Committee for Liberation in New York, and directed public relations for the National (Adlai) Stevenson for President Committee.

Before joining the World Bank he was executive director of the Cleveland Council of World Affairs.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; two sons, C. Anthony, of New York City, and Timothy Reed, of Windsor, Ontario; two stepdaughters, Julie Jones, of New York City, and Gael Jones Boon, of Sydney, Australia; a brother, R. H. Pryor, of Ashland, Kan.; two sisters, Jeanne Victor, of Linwood, Calif., and Helen Paterson, of Covina, Calif., and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.