Glenn M. Anderson, 52, president of the Cooperative League of the U.S.A. (CLUSA) since 1978, died Wednesday at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda. He had a heart ailment.

The league is a federation of 72 national, regional and area cooperatives with 80 million members. The cooperatives include credit unions, agricultural marketing organizations and insurance groups.

Mr. Anderson also was chairman of the Advisory Committee on Overseas Cooperative Development and was a member of the executive committee of the International Cooperative Alliance.

A native of Redwood Falls, Minn., he attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees.

After teaching vocational agriculture in a Minnesota high school and then working for a health insurance cooperative in St. Paul, Minn., he moved to Wisconsin in 1964 to work for the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives. He was executive secretary of the organization at the time he was named CLUSA president.

Mr. Anderson was a member of the board of the American Judicature Society. He had been president of the Association of Cooperative Educators and of the Wisconsin branch of the Christian Rural Overseas Programs. He was a 32nd degree Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne, of Silver Spring, where the family lived; two sons, Steven, of Thorp, Wis., and Scott, of Boston; two sisters, Ingraid Ziske of Wabassa, Minn., and Joanne Black of Hutchinson, Minn., and a brother, Ray, of Redwood Falls. j

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Cooperative Foundation, 1821 University Ave., St. Paul, Minn., 55104, or to the Cooperative League Fund, 1828 L St. NW, 20036.