Vincent James De Angelis, 68, a professor-emeritus of physical education at George Washington University, died Sunday at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had cancer.

Mr. De Angelis was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and came to Washington as a student at GW. He graduated in 1939 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and earned a master's degree in education there in 1948.

During his undergraduate years, he was a star pitcher and outfielder on the Colonials baseball team and was the team captain in 1936. He also played a year of varsity football.

After World War II services in the Army Air Corps, Mr. De Angelis joned the GW staff as manager of the Lisner Auditorum. In 1949, he was appointed an assistant professor of physical education. His career was interrupted by as further period of service with the Air Force during the Korean conflict and he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the reserves. In 1961, Mr. De Angelis became a full professor in the department of health, physical education and recreation. He was department chairman from 1969.

He served on the faculty Senate from 1963 to 1972, coached the varsity baseball team for three years and directed intramural sports for 15 years. He was named professor-emeritus upon his retirement in 1974.

Mr. De Angelis was awarded the university's Alumni Achievement Award in 1946 and the GW Alumni Service Award in 1947.

Mr. De Angelis was a resident of Arlington where he attended Cherrydale Methodist Church.

Survivors included his wife, the former Eleanor Isbell, of Arlington; two sisters, Mae Cavalier, of Westbury, N.Y., and Florence Grofsick, of Sebastian, Fla., and two brothers, John, of Gardnerville, Nev., and Michael, of Hiawassee, Ga.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Vincent De Angelis Memorial Fund, 701 Gelman Library, George Washington University, Weashington, D.C., 20052.