William F. Gaul, 44, associate general counsel of the House Committee on Education and Labor for the past 13 1/2 years, died of cancer Saturday at Georgetown University Hospital.

An authority on education law, he previously had served in the mid-1960s as staff director of a major congressional study of the U.S. Office of Education.

Mr. Gaul was counsel of the special subcommittee on education of the Committee on Education and Labor in 1962-65. He then became administrative assistant to former Rep. Edith Green (D-Ore.), who was chairman of an education subcommittee during 1966.

Born in Red Bank, N.J., he was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned a law degree from Georgetown University.

Mr. Gaul was a member of the D.C. Bar and the Notre Dame and Georgetown alumni societies.

He was member of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, where he was president of the Parish Council. He had served as coach of local soccer teams, taught religious classes to teenagers and conducted, with his wife, premarriage seminars for engaged couples.

Surviving are his wife, the former Joan Haenn, and eight children, Brian, Michael, Christian, Damien, Jonathan, Justin, Natasha and Alexis, all of Chevy Chase, and his mother, Florence Gaul, of Red Bank.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Pastoral Care Ministry of Georgetown University Hospital or to the William F. Gaul Educational Fund, Room 220, 1300 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.