Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert R. Glass, 65, a former chief of staff of the Defense Intelligence Agency, died of cancer Aug. 28 in a San Francisco hospital.

Gen. Glass commanded a tank battaltion in Europe during World War II. His later duty included tours as deputy intelligence chief of X Corps in Korea during the conflict there and as a student and then instructor at the Army War College in the mid 1950s.

He was chief of staff of the Berlin command in the early 1960s and deputy chief of staff for intelligence at the Army's European Headquarters from 1965 to 1967. He then became the DIA's chief of staff. He retired in 1969.

Gen. Glass was born in Bangor, Me., and was a 1931 graduate of Western High School here. Four years later, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, and the Air Medal.

After retiring from active duty, Gen. Glass lived in Arlington and worked as a consultant before moving to California two years ago.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis T., of the home in Oakland, Calif.; three sons, Army Lt. Col. Robert R. II, of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Charles A. and Ralph Michael, both of Seattle, Wash.; two daughters, Penny Pruitt-Glass, of Arlington, and Holly Glass, of Washington, and six grandchildren.