Crescent J. Bride, 72, who was supervisor of health and physical education for the Montgomery County Public Schools for 26 years before retiring in 1973, died Friday at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital after a stroke.

He had served on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and was a member of the Montgomery County Education Association.

Mr. Bride began his career in the Montgomery County schools in 1930 as a physical education and history teacher at the old Takoma-Silver Spring High School. He also coached soccer, basketball, baseball, and track teams at the school, later renamed Montgomery Blair High School. He later was a counselor at Poolesville High School.

During World War II, he was a program director with the National Catholic Service division of the USO in both Augusta, Ga., and Washington. He was named supervisor of the county schools' health and physical education program in 1947.

He was the recipient of the National Association of Athletics, Health, Physical Education and Recreation's National Channing Mann Award.

He was a Fourth-Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus and had once served as a Maryland State District Deputy of that organization.

He was a native of Middletown, Conn., and a graduate of Arnold College in New Haven, Conn. He earned a master's degree in education at George Washington University. He came to this area in 1930 and had lived in Rockville for the past 45 years.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Shaw Bride of Rockville; a daughter, Catherine Ann Maurer of Marshfield, Mass.; three sons, C. Joseph Jr., of Cincinnati, Roger S., of San Jose, Calif., and William R., of South Padre Island, Tex.; four sisters, Rita Donnelly and Anne Abigail and Mary Bride, and a brother, J. Raymond, all of Middletown, Conn., and nine grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Cres Bride Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 517, c/o the First National Bank of Maryland, Gaithersburg, Md., 20760.