Lowry N. Coe, 82, a former president of the D.C Bar Association and a lawyer here for nearly 50 years, died of cancer Tuesday at the Potomac Valley nursing home in Rockville.

He served as treasurer of the District Bar Association for five years before being elected president in 1948. He was a Washington delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates from 1952 to 1958.

Mr. Coe practiced law in Washington, with offices in the National Press Building, for nearly 40 years before becoming associated with the Bethesda firm of Walker, Coe, and Bastian in 1962. He retired about 1970.

Mr. Coe was born in West Arlington, Md., and moved to Washington at an early age. He was a graduate of old Business High School and served in the Army during World War I. He was a 1922 graduate of National University Law School.

He was a charter member and a commander of Bethesda-Chevy Chase American Legion Post No. 105. He also had been a president of the legion's Montgomery County council and a member of the legion's state executive committee.

A 32nd degree Mason, he was past master of Washington Centennial Lodge and a member of Almas Temple.

Mr. Coe had belonged to the Barristers, the Georgetown Lions, the University and Columbia country clubs.

He was a member of the Chevy Chase Methodist Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Sandra Williams, of Meyersville, Md.; two sons, Lowry N. Jr., and Donald G., both of Rockville., two sisters, Dorothy Ewin, of Washington, and Virginia Tutwiler, of Orange City, Fla.; a brother, Raymond G., of Yorktown Village, Md., and five grandchildren.