Louise Malone, 62, a member of Mayor Marion Barry's Commission on Education and a founder and former official of D.C. Citizens for Better Public Education, died of cancer Sept. 12 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Malone was born in Boston. She graduated from Radcliffe College and earned a master's degree in economics at Harvard University. She moved to Washington in 1951 as registrar of the Graduate School of the Department of Agriculture.

In 1965, she helped start D.C. Citizens for Better Public Education. She became assistant executive director of the organization and held that post until her retirement in 1977. She later was on its board of directors.

Mrs. Malone was the principal author of "Creating a Resource Allocation System for the D.C. Public Schools," a study on the decentralization of the school system.

In 1979, she was appointed to the Mayor's Commission on Food, Nutrition and Health. Last April, she was named to the Commission on Education.

Mrs. Malone was a volunteer for the D.C. Youth Orchestra and the Smithsonian Institution.

Her husband, Lawrence E. Malone, died in 1975.

Survivors include a son, Richard, of New York City; a daughter, Carol, of Washington; three sisters, Carol and Barbara Sullivan, both of Hingham, Mass., and Jeanne Bernard of Reading, Mass., and two brothers, Roger W. Sullivan of Bethesda, and Richard W. Sullivan of Needham, Mass.