Theodore B. (Ted) Olson, 82, a retired Foreign Service officer and former newspaperman who wrote a book about his boyhood in Wyoming, died of cardiac arrest Monday at the Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda.

Mr. Olson, who was born in Laramie, Wyo., graduated from the University of Wyoming. He worked for newspapers in Wyoming, California and New York City, where he was a copy editor on the New York Herald Tribune. He later was editor of the Laramie Republican-Boomerang and then returned briefly to the Herald Tribune.

He began his federal career with the Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency. He served in Britain and was engaged in planning the liberation of Norway.

When the war ended in 1945, he went to Norway as the information officer of the U.S. embassy in Oslo. In 1950, he was transferred to Washington as an inspector of information service offices in embassies in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Subsequent foreign posts took him to Greece and Iceland. He retired in 1959 and had lived in Bethesda since.

In 1973, Mr. Olson published "Ranch on the Laramie," a book about his boyhood. He also published two volumes of poems and short stories and wrote occasional articles for a number of publications, including The Washington Post.

Survivors include his wife, Louise, of Bethesda.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Development Fund, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo