Alma L. Jacoby, 60, an actress who appeared in several local stage and television productions, died of cancer Tuesday at George Washington University Hospital.

Mrs. Jacoby was born in Albuquerque, N.M., and grew up in Wichita, Kan. She graduated from Wichita State University in 1941 with a degree in drama and a teaching cerfiticate in English. She then became a member of the old Claire Tree Major Children's Theater, a touring company.

In 1942, she married Edmond M. Jacoby, a Navy officer who had been stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack there.

The family moved to Washington from New Jersey in 1956, when Mr. Jacoby resigned from the Navy. In the early 1960s, Mrs. Jacoby resumed her acting career. She appeared at the Arena Stage and in live television dramas, and had parts in two movies, "Bridge to the Sun" and "advice and Consent."

From 1962 to 1965, the family lived in Switzerland, where Mr. Jacob represented an American aircraft manufacturer.

After their return to this area, Mrs. Jacoby had roles in productions at the Washington Theater in Rockville and elsewhere.

In 1970, she performed in summer stock at the Millbrook Playhouse in Lock Haven, Pa. In 1971, she was with the Intimate Theater in Williamsport, Pa. In summers from 1972 through 1974, she was at the Institute of the Performing Arts in Kingsport, Tenn.

Her husband died in 1971.

About 1976, she took a job with the National Association of Letter Carriers in Reston. She lived in Falls Church.

Survivors include three sons, Edmond M., of Sterling, John M., of Alexandria, and Peter R., of San Diego, Calif.; her mother, Alma Lee Gray of Wichita; three sisters, Suzanne Hagan of Stamford, Conn., Marjorie Reid of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dorothy Johnson of Los Angeles, and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a charity of one's choice.