A. Guy Hope, 68, a retired Foreign Service officer and former lawyer and college professor who lived in the Washington area from 1940 to the mid-1960s, died of cancer Sept. 14 at a hospital in Elizabeth City, N.C. He lived at Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

Dr. Hope, who was born in Norfolk, earned bacehlor's and law degrees at the University of Virginia, a master's degree at George Washington University and a doctorate in political science at Syracuse University.

In the 1930s, he practiced law in Richmond, worked on Capitol Hill and was an attorney for the D.C. Unemployment Compensation Board. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific and Mediterranean.

He joined the State Department in 1945. His foreign posings included China, Belgium, Israel, Istanbul, where he was consul general, and the Ivory Coast. He retired from government in 1964.

He then taught political science at Western Kentucky University, St. Andrew's Presbyterian College in North Carolina and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He retired in 1973.

His first wife, the former Janet Barker, died in 1973.

Survivors include his wife, Myda Weaver Hope of Kill Devil Hills; two daughters by his first marriage, Anne Hamrick of Midlothian, Va., and Jean Nye of Charlottesville; a stepdaughter, Mildred Price Kaufmann of Northridge, N.C.; two brothers, Frank, of Vienna, and the Rev. Winston Hope of Kill Devil Hills; a sister, Elvie McClennan of Troutville, Va., and six grandchildren.