James M. Morgan Sr., 62, who founded the Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria in 1948 and operated it until he retired in 1972, died of cancer Oct. 20 at his home in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Mr. Morgan was born at Shawinghan Falls, Quebec, Canada. He moved to Washington in 1940, attended Georgetown University and went into the Army in World War II. He served with the 10th Mountain Division in the Aleutians.

At the sailing marina, Mr. Morgan established a program for youngsters and an estimated 2,000 learned to sail during the years he conducted it. Two years ago, the National Yacht Club and the Potomac River Sailing Association established the Jim Morgan Junior Regatta, which is held at the sailing marina in August.

Mr. Morgan was a founder of the National Yacht Club and a member of the Mount Vernon Yacht Club. He was an honorary member of the Potomac River Sailing Association.

He also was a founder of the Washington Ski School and an instructor there. He was a member of the 10th Mountain Division Association.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Morgan of Gulf Shores; three sons, James M. Jr., Montgomery J. and John W., all of Gulf Shores; a sister, Marion K. White of Montreal; a brother, Richard J., of Sun City, Calif., and a grandchild.