Douglas N. Batson, 62, who was deputy assistant secretary of State for education and cultural affairs from 1966 to 1969, died of cancer June 13 in his home in Santa Rosa, Calif.

A retired Foreign Service officer, Mr. Batson began his career with the State Department in 1950. For the next six years he was a program director with State's old International Educational Exchange Service.

His overseas assignments included tours as political counselor in Bangkok from 1957 to 1961, and deputy chief of mission in Monrovia, Liberia, from 1961 to 1963.

After returning to Washington in 1964, he worked in State's bureau of educational and cultural affairs and was a consultant to the department's Policy Planning Council.

After retiring in 1969, he returned to Thailand as executive director of the secretariat of the Thai-U.S. Educational Foundation. He had served on the foundation's board of directors while serving in Thailand with the Foreign Service. He retired a second time in 1977.

Mr. Batson was a native of Kansas City, Mo., and a 1939 graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He also was a graduate of the National War College.

He served with the Army in North Africa and Europe during World War II, and later served in Germany before retiring with the rank of major in 1950.

Survivors include a brother, retired Air Force Col. Richard Batson, also of Santa Rosa.