Gladys Ringer, 80, who retired in 1965 as claims counsel and chief of the claims division of the Department of Commerce's maritime administration, died Wednesday at the Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda after a stroke.

During part of World War II, Mrs. Ringer was an attorney for the Department of Interior's old Bituminous Coal Division, which performed services for a number of wartime agencies, and Interior's old Coal Mines Administration, which supervised the operation of coal mines taken over by the federal government during the war.

In 1944, she became an attorney for the old U.S. Maritime Commission, where she specialized in wartime and postwar legal problems connected with vessel construction, surplus property, contract terminations and various maritime claims.

In 1950, when the Commerce Department's Maritime Commission was established, she became claims counsel and chief of the claims division, a position she held until her retirement.

A native of Clinton, N.C., Mrs. Ringer earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina in 1921. In 1923, she earned a law degree from the University of Michigan, where she was editor of the Michigan Law Review.

In the early 1930s, Mrs. Ringer was a law editor with the Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Co. She later served as law librarian of the Indianapolis Bar Association. She was the editor of a catalogue of the association's 17,000 volume collection, which was published in book form.

Mrs. Ringer, who lived in Bethesda before moving to the Carriage Hill nursing home there, was the widow of William R. Ringer, former chief trial examiner of the National Labor Relations Board. He died in 1973.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara, of Washington.