George Stevens Roper, 71, a former Foregin Service Officer and a retired assistant vice president of development for Georgetown University, died Wednesday at Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis following an apparent stroke.

Mr. Roper graduated from the Georgetown University Foreign Service School and later earned a master's degree from the Harvard Business School in the early 1930s. He joined the Foreign Service in 1935.

Mr. Roper worked at the State Department until 1945, when he became the U.S. civil air attache in Ottawa, Canada.

He then was assigned to U.S. embassies in Mexico and the Philippines.

He left the Foreign Service in 1954 to join the Georgetown faculty. He later became assistant treasurer of the university. He was an assistant vice president of development when he retired in 1977.

Following his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Roper lived in Annapolis.

Mr. Roper was born in Rockford, Ill. He was a member of the Harvard and Georgetown alumni associations, DACOR, an organization of retired diplomatic officers, the DOM '08, a men's club.

He also was active as a volunteer and was treasurer of the Meals on Wheels program and a member of the Anne Arundel Hospital Auxiliary.

Mr. Roper was treasurer of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington and a member of the parish council of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis.

Besides his wife, Mary, of the home in Annapolis, survivors include four children, George S. Jr., of Dallas, Nicholas J., also of Annapolis, Anne Roper Davidson, of Miami, and James J. Darby Jr., of Gaithersburg, (an adopted son,) and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a charity, of one's choice, or to the American Cancer Society.