Joseph M. Rasoli-Sa'eed, 77, a former teacher and a retired official of the Voice of America, died of cancer Sunday at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, Calif.

A former resident of Bethesda, Mr. Rasooli-Sa'eed moved to San Diego in 1978.

He was born in Hamadan, Iran, and educated at the Presbyterian Mission School in Iran and Mount Hermon Preparatory School in Massachusetts. He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio. In 1933, he returned to Iran to teach at the Hamadan Mission School.

During World War II, he returned to this country and joined the old Office of War Information. He later transferred to the Voice of America and became chief of broadcasts in the Persian, Armenian and Uzbek languages. aHe also was a special assistant to the Chief of the Near East, Far East and African divisions. He retired in 1966.

Mr. Rasooli-Sa'eed then worked in real estate sales for Rozier Realty of Kensington for 11 years.

Survivors include his wife, the former Harriet Thompson, of San Diego; a son, Roger Rasooli of Los Angeles; a daughter, Elaine Lawrie of Houston; two brothers, Dr. Jay Rasooli of San Pedro, Calif., and Soleiman Rasooli of Tehran, Iran; two sisters, Mohtaran Sa'eed of Chicago, and Mary Sa'eed of Tehran, and four grandchildren.