Edwin Nelson Roman, 58, a retired foreign service officer with the U.S. Information Agency and its Voice of America offices, dies Thursday at his home near Bluemont, Va., after a heart attack.

He was with the VOA here when he retired in 1972. He moved to Bluemont in 1976 after living in Salem, Ore.

Mr. Roman joined the USIA, now the International Communication Agency, in Washington in 1948. He served at USIA posts in Ankara, Turkey; Venice, Italy; Dacca, Pakistan, now Bangladesh; Mexico City, and Santiago, Chile, from 1948 until 1965, with periods of duty in Washington.

From 1956 to 1959, he was production supervisor of English, Spanish and Far East Services with the Voice of America here. He produced weekly television programs in Spanish for the VOA here in 1962-63 and in the late 1960s was in Okinawa as assistant director of public affairs for the VOA.

Mr. Roman was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He grew up in California. He served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific in World War II. After the war, he earned a degree from San Francisco State College. He also attended Stanford University.

He was a member of the Foreign Service Association.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie of Bluemont; two daughters, Lynn Roman, of Seattle, Wash., and Jane Roman, of Hawaii, and a son, Allen of Salem, Ore.