Retired Army Col. Kenney T. Brunsvold, 81, a veteran of both world wars and the Korean conflict, died, of cancer Wednesday at the Woodbine Nursing Home in Alexandria, where he had resided for about a month.

A Quartermaster Corps officer since the outbreak of World War II, he was serving at the Pentagon when he retired in 1954.

Col. Brunsvold than became an instructor at Bullis School in Silver Spring and at the American University graduate school of business. He was head of the science department at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Alexandria from 1959 until retiring in 1970.

He was born in Kennett, Iowa. He enlisted in the U.s. aRmy in 1917 and served as a medical corpsman in World War I. After the war, he played a sousaphone on a cross-country tour with the Army Band.

Col. Brunsvold than left the Army to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. He subsequently earned a master's degree from American University and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

He was superintendent of schools in North Bend, Neb., from 1925 until reentering the Army as a chemical corps officer in 1933. Later he transferred to the quartermaster corps and during World War II was executive officier of the military mission to Iran.

He commanded the 55th Quartermaster Group in Massan, Korea, during the conflict there and the Tokyo Quartermaster Depot in Japan in 1952-53.

Coll. Brunsvold was a member of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 of the Masons, the Alexandria Consistory of the Scottish Rite, the Kena Temple Shrine in Fairfax and the Kena Temple Oriental Band.

His decorations included the Bronze Star and the Iranian Legion of Merit.

He had maintained a home in Alexandria from 1943 until moving to Arlington in 1975.

He is survived by his wife, Lena Belle of Arlington, and a son, Marine Corps. Maj. K.T. Jr., of Viennia, Va.