Ralph N. Stohl, 64, a retired government administrator, died of cancer Wednesday at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Stohl came here from his native Utah in 1935. For the next seven years he worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a fiscal management analyst in the office of the secretary of Agriculture, and for the Office of Civilian Defense.

During World War II, he worked for the War Production Board before serving as a Navy officer.

From 1947 to 1955, he was director of administration in the office of the secretary of Defense.

Mr. Stohl then served as consultant to several institutions, was a vice president of what is now the University of Texas at Dallas, and worked in private industry before returning to government work in 1972.

He was director of the executive secretariat of HEW's Health Service and Mental Health Administration until retiring for reasons of health in 1973.

A graduate of the University of Utah, he earned a law degree at George Washington University.

He was a member of the University Club.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, of the home in McLean; three daughters, Sheila Todd, of McLean, and Shannon and Kriston Rollins, both of Dallas; two sons, Anthony B., of Escondido, Calif., and Jeffrey B., of Seattle; two sisters, Hortense Livingston and Camille Pembroke, both of Salt Lake City, and five grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Building Fund of the Fairfax YWCA, 8101 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna, Va. 22180.