Oliver Sherman North, 63, a retired government mineral specialist who compiled technical works on mining and food patents, died Saturday at the National Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Hospital in Arlington after a stroke.

Mr. North came to Washington in 1951. He was a mineral specialist with the Interior Department's Bureau of Mines and later transferred to the International Trade Commission, from which he retired in 1972.

From the mid-1950s until the time of his death, Mr. North compiled annual reports on mineral exploration, mining, and processing patents. These works were published by the American Institute of Mining Engineers.

In the late 1960s, he began publishing an annual report on developments in the commercial food patent field. He also contributed articles to various trade journals.

Mr. North was born in Vale, Ore., and reared in Indiana. He earned a degree in mining at the University of Missouri and served in the Navy during World War II.

Prior to moving to this area, he lived in Cincinnati, where he worked for the Post Office Department. He lived in Washington for 10 years before moving to Arlington in 1961.

Survivors include his wife, the former Alice Hallie Buchanan of Arlington; a sister, Mary Margaret Kleiner of Cincinnati, and a half-brother Orlin Griffin Miller of California.