Daniel S. Ring, 83, a retired lawyer and former government official and journalist, died Dec. 18 at Georgetown University Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Ring was a native of Washington and a graduate of Gonzaga College High School. He was a graduate of the old National University law school. He served in the Navy during World War I.

In the 1920s, he was a reporter with The Washington Herald and The Washington Star. In the early 1930s, he worked for the National Recovery Administration and was an assistant administrator with the Works Progress Administration.

He joined the labor relations staff of the U.S. Maritime Commission in 1937 and worked there until 1945. For the next 25 years, he practiced corporate law in Washington. He retired in 1970.

Mr. Ring was a member of the Annunciation Catholic Church, the D.C. and American Bar associations, the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and the National Press Club.

His first wife, the former Sue Quinn, died in 1968. His second wife, the former Anita Callahan, died in 1981.

Survivors include four daughters by his first marriage, Mary Foster of Washington, Sue Vandoren of Chevy Chase, Dorothy Latham of Vienna, and Kathleen Stang of Rockville; a brother, William, of Silver Spring; 23 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.