Lorenzo (Renny) Middleton Jr., 35, the public relations director of Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Ala., and a former reporter with the old Washington Daily News and old Washington Star, died Nov. 2 in a hospital in Opelika, Ala., as a result of injuries he received in an automobile accident on July 16.

A spokesman for the Alabama State Police said Mr. Middleton was driving his car on U.S. Rte. 80 east of Tuskeegee when he crested a hill on the wrong side of the road and struck two oncoming vehicles.

Mr. Middleton was born in Washington. He served in the Air Force from 1965 to 1969. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the Univeristy of Maryland.

He was a reporter for the Daily News and the Star between 1972 and 1975, covering housing, education and Prince George's County. He worked for the Miami News in Florida. He was assistant editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education for four years before joining Tuskeegee in June of this year.

Survivors include his wife, the former Diane Yvette Hayward, and two children, Alison Hope and Loren Hayward Middleton, all of Tuskeegee; his mother, Geraldine Middleton, and a brother, Wayne, both of Washington, and four sisters, June Middleton, also of Washington, and Andina, Alice, and Lavinia Middleton, all of Fairmount Heights, Md.