Frank Richardson Kent Jr., 71, a former Washington and Baltimore newspaperman and a retired editor with the Central Intelligence Agency, died of cancer Saturday at his Washington home.

In 1930, Mr. Kent began his newspaper career as a police reporter with The Baltimore Sun. He subsequently served as the paper's London war correspondent and Washington bureau chief.

He was commissioned into the Navy in 1941 and served as a public relations and intelligence officer in the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters during World War II.

After leaving the Navy in 1945, he returned to Washington as The Sun's bureau chief until joining the news staff of The Washington Post in 1951.

Mr. Kent left The Post in 1957 to join the CIA as an editor and was assigned to duty in Europe and the Far East until his retirement in 1967.

Following his retirement, he worked as an editor for the Reserve Officers Association of the U.S.

Mr. Kent was a longtime member of several generations of journalists going back to before the Civil War. His father was the late Frank R. Kent Sr., a political reporter and columnist in Baltimore who died in 1958.

Mr. Kent was a longtime member of the National Press Club here and of the Maryland Club of Baltimore.

Survivors include his wife, the former Helen Berukstis, and three sons, Frank R. III, Westwood T., and Todd W., all of the home in Washington.