Richard L. Little, 65, former deputy administrator of D.C. Village, died Wednesday at Greater Southeast Community Hospital, where he had been hospitalized for treatment of an ulcer. He lived in Suitland.

Mr. Little retired in 1974 after serving four years as deputy administrator. Prior to that, he had worked for 12 years as chief of social services at D.C. Village.

He was born in Shuqualak, Miss. He was a graduate of West Virginia State College and received a master's degree in social work from the New York State University at Buffalo.

Prior to World War II, he worked in education and recreation in East Saint Louis, Ill., and in private industry in Saint Louis, Mo. During the war, he served with the U.S. Army in North Africa.

Later Mr. Little was with Western Electric in Tonawanda, N.Y., was director of a settlement house in Youngstown, Ohio, and was a psychiatric social worker at a state hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a psychiatric caseworker supervisor at Crownsville State Hospital in Maryland before joining D.C. Village.

He was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Urban League and the Masons.

Survivors include his wife, Ann, of Washington; two daughters, Bobbie J. Creque, of Washington, and Gwendolyn J. Presbery, of Philadelphia; a son, Anthony, of Washington; his mother, Annie Little, two brothers, Lafayette and Glendon, and three sisters, Dicie Beck Annie Burrell and Marjorie Booker, all of Saint Louis, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.