Charles M. Medford, 72, a retired assistant vice president of the B. F. Saul real estate company, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Arlington.

He had retired about five years ago after 30 years with the firm, where he had started as a real estate salesman.

Mr. Medfore also was a registered architect who designed new homes and a restored old homes in Washington and Virginia.

He was born in Washington and was a graduate of McKinley Teeh High School. He had played the drums with lecal music groups in his earlier years.

Mr. Medford was a past president of the Institute of Real Estate Managers and a former member of the old Washington Board of Trade. He belonged to the musicians union here.

A Mason and a Shriner, he had been active in the Cherrydale Blue Lodge and Kena Temple. He was a member of Memorial Baptist Chruch in Alrington.

He is survivied by his wife, Katherine, of the home; two daughters, Ann Gates, of Falls Church, and Lane Larson, of Alexandria., a sister, Roma Medford Turpen, of Montrose, Ala., and five grandchildren.

The familty suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer society or the Arthritis Institute of the National Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Hospital in Arlington.