Laura Stockton Voorhees Banks 72 an author, researcher and a retired editor with the American Historical Review, died June 18 at her Arlington home after a stroke.

Mrs. Banks was the author of "Washington Adventure," a historical novel for young readers set in this city in 1800. She wrote a number of historical stories and articles and did historical research for Allan Nevins' 1933 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Grover Cleveland.

From the mid-1950s to 1960, Mrs. Banks was an editor for the Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors. She then was an editor of the Review of the American Historical Association from about 1972 until her retirement in 1975.

Born and reared in Washington, she graduated from Western High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Goucher College in Towson, Md., in 1929.

Mrs. Banks was an active member of the American Association of University Women and St. George's Episcopal Church in Arlington. She also was a political volunteer in Arlington County.

Her husband, Lemuel Banks III, a Department of the Interior Librarian, died in 1963.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy B. Hurley of Memphis, Tenn., and Sally B. Zakariya of Arlington, and two grandsons.