Norman S. Carroll, 58, assistant director of AMVETS National Service Foundation and assistant to the director in the development office of the Holy Ghost Fathers, died of cancer Thursday at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital.

He joined, the AMVETS foundation as executive secretary in 1950. Under his direction, it developed a national scholarship program for the children of sick and disabled veterans.

Mr. Carroll also was a founder of the AMVETS program that placed memorial carillons in 12 national cemeteries, the Truman and Hoover presidential libraries and at the site of the USS Arizona Memorial at pearl Harbor.

He was an active member of AMVETS Post No. 15. During World War II, he had spent 45 months in the Pacific with an Army airborne artillery unit in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines.

Mr. Carroll was a third-generation Washingtonian. He graduated from George Washington University and attended its law school.

Active in Catholic fund raising since 1960, he became assistant to the director of the development office of the Holy Ghost Fathers in 1962. The religious order is located in Wheaton.

During 1968-71, he represented the order on the board of the national Catholic Development Corporation, serving as treasurer and then vice president.

Mr. Carroll had served for three years as a member of the president's Committee on the Employment of the physically Handicapped. In 1961 he received the Freedom Foundation Award. He also was honored for his work with the Boy Scouts.

He was a founder and served on the board of regents of Ascension Academy in Alexandria, and was an active member of St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and three sons, Michael, Patrick and Gregory, of the home in Vienna, and two sisters, Lillian Francis England, of Rock Hill, S.C., and Evelyn Pignone, of Washington.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Holy Ghost Missions in Wheaton or the AMVETS Memorial Carillon fund in Washington.