Lawrence Myers, 83, a retired director of the Sugar Division of the Agriculture Department's Stabilization and Conservation Service, died of cardiac arrest Thursday at his Washington home.

Mr. Myers joined Agriculture in 1927. He was a principal developer of the New Deal cotton program in the 1930s and director general of the Crops Division of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation during World War II.

He began specializing in sugar in 1946 and became director of the Sugar Division two years later. He led the Eisenhower administration's fight for the Sugar Act of 1953. He was a U.S. delegate to many international sugar conferences and a past president of the International Sugar Council.

In 1955, he received Agriculture's Distinguished Service Award, the department's highest honor.

After retiring from government service in 1963, Mr. Myers became chairman of the board of the National Molasses Corporation. He was an international consulting economist at the time of his death.

Mr. Myers was born in Humboldt, Iowa. He earned degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University.

A former resident of Friendship Heights, Md., and a past president and chairman of the Friendship Heights Citizens Association and Committee, he was credited with leading efforts to obtain desirable commercial and residential development in that community.

Mr. Myers was a member of the Cosmos Club and the Potomac Hunt Club.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Cornelia of Washington; two daughters, Margaret Rast of Rockville, and Dorothy Sampas of Chevy Chase, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.