Alice Sanderson Bicknell, 87, a former teacher and retired counselor for women at Shepherd College in West Virginia, died Aug. 8 at the home of a daughter, Joan O'Brien, in Silver Spring, She had arteriosclerosis.

A Washington area resident since about 1966, she lived in Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring, of which she was a charter member, before moving to her daughter's home six years ago.

Mrs. Bicknell was born in Stephen, Minn., and grew up in Seattle. She graduated from the College of Idaho in 1917 and began teaching English at a high school in Shoshone, Idaho, later that year. In the late 1920s and 1930s, she lived in Mountain Home, Idaho, where she was a member and former chairwoman of the school board.

After the death in 1942 of her husband, Dr. E.F Bicknell, a dentist, she moved to this area. She taught at a local nursery school for several years before returning to Idaho and joining the faculty at the College of Idaho.

From about 1950-65, when she retired, she was counselor of women at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W. Va., where she became an emeritus faculty member in 1978 "for her distinguished and devoted service."

In 1966-67, Mrs. Bicknell was a resident counselor at American University here.

She was a gold star member of Miriam chapter No. 16 of the Order of the Eastern Star; a 53-year member of Chapter W of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization; and a member of the American Association of University Women, the National Retired Teachers Association and the American Association for Retired Teachers.

Besides Mrs. O'Brien, survivors include another daughter, Beverlee Mitchell, also of Silver Spring, and eight grandchildren.