Thomas F. Tuel, 47, a cartographer in the geodesy production management section of the Defense Mapping Agency who was active in professional organizations, died of cancer Jan. 24 at his home in Rockville.

Mr. Tuel was born in Washington. He graduated from McKinley Technical High School and attended George Washington University.

He began his career at the Defense Mapping Agency in 1954. In 1970, he received a Sustained Superior Performance Award. He also received several letters of appreciation.

Mr. Tuel was chairman of various committees for the annual convention of the American Society of Photogrammetry and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. He also was a member of the Welfare Council of the Defense Mapping Agency and a trustee of its federal credit union.

He was a deacon of Rockville Presbyterian Church and a captain in the River Road Men's Bowling League

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, of Rockville; a daughter, Teresa J. McGee of Boyds, Md.; three sons, Thomas Jr., of Poolesville, Md., Stephen H., of Frederick Md., and Daniel W., of Rockville; a sister, Nancy DeLay of Alexandria; three brothers, Guy L., of Oakland, Md., George M., of Gaithersburg, and Daniel L., of Edgewater, Md., and two grandchildren.