The Rev. Dr. Eric McCoy North, 92, a retired general secretary of the American Bible Society in New York and a founder of the United Bible Society, died of pneumonia Friday at Georgetown University Hospital.
Dr. North lived in New Your City until three years ago, when he moved to Chevy Chase to be near his son, William Haven North of Bethesda.
He was general secretary of the American Bible Society from 1928 to 1956 and a former chairman of the United Bible Society, which he helped found in 1946.
After retiring, Dr. North served as a consultant to the American Bible Society.
Born in Connecticut, he earned a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University there. He also graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York and earned a doctorate in history from Columbia University.
He was an Army chaplain during World War I, a former chairman of the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia and a former professor of the history of christianity at Ohio Wesleyan University.
In 1939, he edited "The Book of the Thousand Tongues," about the translation of the Bible into the languages of the world.
His wife of 58 years, the former Gladys Haven, died in 1978.
Besides his son, survivors include two daughters, Theodora N. Anderson of Concord, Mass. and Louise N. Gray of Berea, Ohio, and 10 grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributins to the American Bible Society in New York City.