Evaleen Locke Sprowl, 72, who retired in 1975 as an associate editor of the Army Times, died Tuesday at the Wisconsin Avenue Nursing Home in Washington after a stroke.

Mrs. Sprowl worked for the Times in the early 1950s, then returned to the paper in 1965 following the death of her husband, retired Army Col. Norman Sprowl, and was a copy editor before retiring in 1975.

Following her retirement, she contributed articles to the Times' magazine, a monthly insert of the Army, Navy, and Air Force Times.

Mrs. Sprowl was born in Redlands, Calif. She earned a bachelor's degree at the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree at the University of Southern California.

She was a reporter with papers in Burbank and Hollywood, as well as with the Los Angeles Times, Before becoming an information specialist with the Army in Germany after World War II. She came to Washington in the early 1950s.

Mrs. Sprowl, who lived in Washington, is survived by a stepson, Edward Sprowl of Los Angeles.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation, 185 Madison Ave., New York City, 10016.