Thomas Edwin Adams, 67, a retired Air Force colonel and Washington architect, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Falmouth, Mass.

Col. Adams was born in Washington and graduate from St. Albans School. He earned a degree in architecture at Cornell University and also studied at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Fontainebleau, France. He later practiced architecture here with his father, the late Percy Crowley Adams.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps and became chief of staff of the Caribbean division of the Air Transport Command.

After the war, he lived in retirement in Washington until 1963, when he moved to Manalapan, Fla. He also maintained a home in Falmouth, Mass.

Col. Adams was a member of the Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Fla., the Chevy Chase, Md. Club, the Woods Hole (Mass.) Golf Club, and the Manalapan Yacht Club, of which he was a past commodore.

Survivors include his wife, the former Caroline Cecil, of the homes in Manalapan and Falmouth: two daughters, Amy Adams Vogt, of Grand Rapids, Mich, and Martha Lucie Adams, of Key West, Fla; a son, the Rev. Thomas Edwin Adams Jr., of Washington and two grandaughters.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Building Funds of Washington Cathedral.