Wallace D. Edington, 83, a retired Treasury Department finance clerk who has been active for many years in Gallaudet College affairs, died Wednesday of heart disease at Prince George's General Hospital. He suffered from emphysema.

Deaf since birth, he had granduated in 1915 with a bachelor of science degree from Gallaudet, the world's only accredited liberal arts college for the deaf. He had played varsity football there.

Mr. Edington continued an active association with the college, and after his retirement from government service in 1965 helped compile data for the first of two Gallaudet College Almanacs.

As a volunteer, he helped edit the book, which includes a history of the college and other related facts. It was published in 1974. A second book is now being edited for publication.

Mr. edington was born in Little Rock, Ark. He came to the Washington area as a child wih his family. After graduating from Gallaudet, he worked for the Agriculture Department.

He also became one of the firs deaf students to matriculate at George Washington University, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry. He transferred from the Agriculture Department to the Treasury Department in 1940.

Mr. Edington had been active for 70 years in Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, which holds special services for the deaf. He at one time worked on its newsletter.

A resident of Washington for more then 60 years, he has moved to Riverdale about 15 years ago.

He is survived by three children, Wallace D. Jr., of College Park, David H., of Baltimore, and Eula Diedrich, of Homeland, Calif., seven grandchilden and six great-grandchildren.