Geary Francis (Swede) Eppley, 82, a retired dean and athletic director of the University of Maryland, died Saturday at Leland Memorial Hospital in Riverdale following a heart attack.

In 1922, two years after receiving a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Maryland, Mr. Eppley joined the faculty as an assistant professor of agronomy.

He also served as the university's director of athletics, dean of men, track coach, faculty chairman of athletics, president of both the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southern Conference and on several NCAA committees. He became dean of men emeritus in 1964, when he retired after 42 years at the university.

Mr. Eppley, a native of Washington, also received a master's degree from Maryland in 1926. During World War I, he served as a lieutenant in the Army, and in World War II was a colonel at the War Department. In 1945, he received the Legion of Merit.

He was a member of the Prince George's County Welfare Board, Prince George's County Community Chest and Boys Club, the Rotary Club and St. Andrews Episcopal Church, both in College Park.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth E. Danforth, of Richmond, and Frances E. Tobin, of Oradell, N.J.; a son, Geary W., of Houston, Tex., and 12 grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to St. Andrews Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or the University of Maryland Educational Foundation, College Park.