Louise H. Solem, 65, a former teacher in the Arlington County, Montgomery County and D.C. public school systems, died Tuesday at her home in McLean. She had emphysema and had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for the last eight years.

Mrs. Solem was born in Washington. She moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a girl and attended the University of Iowa. She returned here in the mid-1930s and earned a degree from George Washington University, where she also did graduate work in the teaching of gifted children.

She taught in Iowa and then was with the Arlington County school system from 1938 ato 1942. She moved to Olney and was with the Montgomery County school system in 1957. In 1960, she served on the Montgomery County Curriculum Development Board. After moving back to the District of Columbia, she taught at Hardy Elementary School from 1961 to 1971.

Mrs. Solem was a former director of the Arthritis Foundation here.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph A., McLean; a daughter, Ingrid, of McLean; her mother, Gladys L. Hronik, and a brother, Richard H. Hronik of Falls Church, and another brother, Joseph J. Hronik of Cedar Rapids.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Arthritis Foundation, or to a charity of one's choice.