Doris Franson Dakin, 64, a former president of the board of directors of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and a former president of the Fairfax County Federation of Women's Clubs, died of cancer Oct. 15 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Dakin was a violinist in the Fairfax Symphony and also played with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra and its predecessor, the Northern Virginia Chamber Orchestra. She was a member of the Springfield Music Club, a trustee of the Old Dominion Symphony Council, a director of the Association of Urban and Community Orchestras and active in other musical groups.

She was a former director of the Fairfax County Cultural Alliance and a past president of the Lincolnia Women's Club.

Mrs. Dakin, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Rupert, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho, where she played in the orchestra, and moved to the Washington area in 1950. For 10 years until about 1975, she was a part-time employe in the accounting department of the Atlantic Research Corporation.

She was chairman of the music committee of the Washington Street United Methodist Church in Alexandria and had taught in the Sunday school there.

Survivors include her husband, William Edward Dakin of Alexandria; a son, William Edward Jr. of Chester, Vt.; three daughters, Carla Jo Perez of Fresno, Calif., Julie Ann Oechsli of Seattle, Wash., and Monta Lee of Oxon Hill, Md.; her mother, Lillie Franson, and a sister, Hope Ross, both of North Hollywood, Calif.; a brother, Carl E. Franson of Oakland, Calif., and four grandchildren.