Albert Anderson Burgess, 78, a former teacher of printing in the D.C. public school system, died Oct. 9 at his home in Philadelphia after a heart attack.

He had moved there in 1964 after retiring as a teacher at McKinley High School, where he had been on the staff for 7 1/2 years. Prior to that, he had taught at Armstrong Technical High School and Browne Junior High School.

During many of those years, Mr. Burgess also was on the faculty of Phelps Evening High School, where he was principal for two years, and the Veterans Evening High School.

He was born in Baltimore. Before his teaching career, he worked as a printer for 25 years. He attended Miner Teachers College and Pennsylvania State College and studied music and vocational education at Howard University.

Mr. Burgess was a charter member of the National Capital Vocational Association. He was active in the International Graphic Arts Education Association, the Industrial Graphic Arts Education Association and the Industrial Arts Education Association.

In 1929, he organized and directed for three years the Washington Little Symphony Orchestra. He had been concert master with the Howard University Symphony Orchestra and firest violinist with the Howard University String Quartet.

He is survivied by his wife, Hortense F., of the home in Philadelphia; two sons, Albert A. jr., of Washington, and Kenneth, of the home; a sister, Lillian Ashby, of Gordonville, Va., and one grandchild.