Evelyn M. Smith, 64, a teacher, guidance counselor, and principal with the D.C. public schools for more than 35 years before retiring in 1976, died of cardipulmonary arrest Monday at Washington Hospital Center.

Miss Smith began her career at Giddings Elementary School, where she taught from 1937 to 1943. She taught at John F. Cook Elementary from 1946 to 1951 and at the old Mott school from 1951 to 1954.

She was a teacher at the Sharpe Health School from 1954 to 1965. She spent the next two years as a guidance counselor at Langdon Elementary. She was assistant principal of Shadd Elementary from 1968 to 1969 and then the principal of Lewis Elementary until her retirement.

Miss Smith was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, where she had been a teacher, Sunday school superindendent, secretary of the sodality, a member of the parish council and school board, and had played the organ.

She was a member of the District of Columbia Association of Elementary School Principals.

Miss Smith was a lifelong resident of Washington and a graduate of Dunbar High School. She was a 1937 graduate of the old Miner Teachers College and earned a master's degree in education at Catholic University in 1951.

Survivors include a sister, Martha Smith, and three brothers, Frederick, Anthony, and Joseph, all of Washington.