Thomas C. Barringer, 82, director of the old Federal Housing Administration's D.C. insuring office from 1949 to 1962, died Sunday at a hospital in Charlottesville after a heart attack.

Before joining the FHA in 1934, Mr. Barringer had been a supervisor with the American Relief Administration in Russia and a trade commissioner in the Far East for the Department of Commerce.

As director of the D.C. insuring office he supervised FHA activities for this area. In 1962, he was appointed FHA operations commissioner for ZONE III, serving eight southern states and Puerto Rico. When he retired in 1963, he was the FHA's assistant commissioner for home mortgages.

Mr. Barringer was born in Charlottesville and attended the University of Virginia. H lived in McLean for 26 years beofre moving back to Charlottesville in 1967.

He served as finance chairman of the Civil War Centennial Commission of Fairfax County in 1960.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn W., of the home; two sons, Samuel E. Carpenter, of Marbella, Spain, and David L. Carpenter, of St. John, V.I.; a daughter, Anna Spaeth, of Rye, N.Y.; a brother, John H. Barringer, of Richmond; two sisters, Margaret I. Weller, of Washington, and Alma W. Barringer, of Newport News, Va., and eight grandchildren.