Dr. Edward A. Salloom, 72, a retired dentist who also had been a lieutenant colonel in the Army Dental Corps and mayor of Cheverly, Md., died Dec. 1 at Prince George's General Hospital after a stroke.

A lifelong area resident, he was born in Washington and had made his home in Cheverly since 1941. He served on the Cheverly City Council from 1945 to 1947, and was the town's mayor from 1947 to 1951.

Dr. Salloom was a graduate of Eastern High School, George Washington University and the Georgetown University dental school. He taught at the dental school from 1940 to 1949. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1959.

He maintained a private dental practice in Washington for 34 years before retiring in 1974. Later that year, he joined Prince George's General Hospital, from which he retired in 1983 as dental department director.

Dr. Salloom was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Cheverly, where he was past chairman of the building committee and had been a member of the parish council and Holy Name Society. He was a member of the Maryland and D.C. dental societies.

Survivors include his wife, Anne, of Cheverly; two sons, George, of Lansdowne, Pa., and Michael, of New Oxford, Pa.; two daughters, Patricia Fallon of Skaneateles, N.Y., and Mary Margaret Salloon of Laurel; two sisters, Futin Triantafillos of Washington, and Helen Urian of Morrisville, Pa., and 14 grandchildren.