Emilie Weyl Amram, 79, a member of the board of directors of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and a former member of the board of the Alliance Francasie, died of cancer Saturday at her home in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Amram, who was born in Philadelphia, attended Wellesley College and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She lived in Philadelphia until 1941, when she and her husband, Philip Werner Amram, an attorney, moved to Washington.

During World War II, Mrs. Amram served with the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency, as a translator and cryptographer. She was a founding member of the Women's Action Committee for Lasting Peace.

In addition to her work with the Alliance Francasie, Mrs. Amram translated "La Mort de Baldasarre Silvande," by Marcel Proust. Her translation appeared in Twice A Year magazine.

Mrs. Amram was a longtime supporter of the International Student House in Washington. At the Corcoran, she was a longtime member of the Women's Committee. She had been a member of the gallery's board since 1973.

She and her husband moved from their home in Washington to Philadelphia last year.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Mariana Fitzpatrick of Ridgewood, N.J.; a son, David, of New York City; a sister, Louise Kirschbaum of Philadelphia; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Corcoran Gallery of Art here.