Donald Eugene Francke, 68, a pharmacist and editor of pharmaceutical publications, died of a heart attack Monday at his home in Washington.

He was president of Drug Inteltigence Publications, which he established in 1972, working out of his home. Earlier he had served from 1944 to 1968 as editor of the American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy.

Mr. Francke had been president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation's section on press and documentation since 1974.

He was born in Athens, Pa. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in pharmacy from the University of Michigan, which later gave him an honorary doctor of science degree. He also held an honorary degree from Purdue University.

Mr. Francke taught at the University of Michigan and its school of nursing and was director of pharmacy at the university's medical center from 1944 to 1963.

He then moved to Washington to head the department of scientific services of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists. He had been president of the soicety in the 1940s.

From 1967 to 1971, Mr. Francke was head of the department of hospital pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy and director of pharmacy service at Cincinnati General Hospital.

He returned here and was a special assistant to the chief medical director of the Veterans Administration until setting up Drug Intelligence Publications. He was editor and publisher of Drug Intelligence and Clinical Pharmacy and an adjunct professor of clinical pharmacy at Howard University.

Mr. Francke was the author of move than 200 articles and editor or author of more than a dozen books in his field. He had attended numerous international pharmaceutical conferences.

He had been active in the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Pharmaceutical Association, International Pharmaceutical Foundation, the American Hospital Association and other profesional organizations. He belonged to the Cosmos [WORD ILLEGIBLE] New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife [WORD ILLEGIBLE] of the home; five children, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Lopez of San Francisco; [WORDS ILLEGIBLE] , of Oakland, Calif; [WORDS ILLEGIBLE] , of Scottsdale, Calif; [WORD ILLEGIBLE] of Leeshurg, Va., and Jon, of [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Kan; a brother, Ralph, of [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Wash., and a sister, Margaret [WORD ILLEGIBLE] of Oakland.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, the American Pharmaceutical Association, or to the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.