Woodrow F. Strong, 72, a past president of the Maryland-District of Columbia AFL-CIO who was active in volunteer and charitable organizations, died Dec. 26 at Holy Cross Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Strong was president of local AFL-CIO organization from 1958 until he was defeated for reelection by Charles A. Della in 1963. He was president of the old local No. 555 of the Meat Cutters and Butchers Workmen's Union from 1946 until retiring in 1968. He also was a past vice president of the Central Labor Council in Washington.

He was a past president of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Association of Metropolitan Washington. He was a member of the Alcoholics Anonymous, and a founder of several AA groups and of the Seneca House Rehabilitation Center in Seneca, Md.

Mr. Strong, a native of Floyd County, Va., lived in this area since 1930. He served with the Army in Europe during World War II and was captured by German forces in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. He worked for Safeway Stores Inc. before he became head of the meat cutters union.

His wife, Georgia C. Strong, died in 1970.

Survivors include a son, Robert M., of Silver Spring; a daughter, Barbara Bouffier of New Carrollton; two sisters, Treva Cowan of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Mildred Gilhooley of Cincinnati; eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.