Arthur Earl Tice, 50, who served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1958 and had been with the IBM Corp. for 24 years, died of cancer Oct. 25 at Surburban Hospital. He lived in Potomac.

Mr. Tice had worked for the IBM office in Gaithersburg for the past two years. His last assignment there was as business controls manager for the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control computer modernization program.

In 1966, he received the NASA Manned Flight Awareness Achievement Award for his contribution to the Apollo-Saturn launch efforts. A scroll bearing his name and the names of other award winners was placed in a time capsule and buried on the surface of the moon by the astronauts of Apollo 15 in 1971.

Mr. Tice was a native of Ellenville, N.Y. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and attended the Defense Systems Management College. He had worked for the General Electric Co. before joining IBM in New York in 1959.

Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia Anne Gillin of Potomac; a daughter, Ellen Elizabeth Tice of Potomac; a son, Jeffrey Arthur of Potomac; his father, Earl H. Tice of Ellenville, N.Y.; his mother, Irma M. Tice of Red Bank, N.J., and a sister, Jean Goodyear of Glen Rock, N.J.