Eleanore Lawlor, 68. former head of the sportswear department of the Woodward and Lothrop Pentagon store, died April 4 at Fairfax Hospital. She had cancer.

Mrs. Lawlor was the widow of retired Army Col. Robert J. Lawlor, who died here in 1976. She had worked for the department store from 1952 to 1957 while he was stationed at the Pentagon.

She then accompanied him on an assignment in Berlin, Germany, where she was president of the American Womens Club. They returned to Washington in 1960 and moved to Fairfax three years later where her husband was with the Fairfax Park Authority.

Mrs. Lawlor was born in Columbus, Ohio, and was active in merchandizing there. She was married in 1934 and lived with her husband in the Panama Canal Zone and on Corregidor in the Philippines before World War II.

Col. Lawlor was still on Corregidor when it fell to the Japanese army in 1942. He survived the Bataan death march and was held prisoner of war until 1945. Mrs. Lawlor lived in Long Beach, Calif., during that time.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Duignan of Washington, and Eleanore Ann Bullock of Herndon; a brother, William C. Hineman of Cincinnati, and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions of Detente Manor, 1107 Dead Run Dr., McLean, Va. 22101.