Kurt E. Rosinger, 80, a retired Commerce Department official, died of cancer April 5 at George Washington University Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Dr. Rosinger moved to Washington and began his government career in 1942 as a program administrator with the old War Production Board. He later worked for the old Reconstruction Finance Corp. He was an oil company official in Texas and then returned to government work here in 1949.

In 1950, Dr. Rosinger helped establish the Interdepartmental Industry Evaluation Board in the secretary of commerce's office and served as board chairman. He was head of the Commerce Department's industrial mobilization office when he retired in 1973.

He was the recipient of the Commerce Department's Silver and Gold medal awards.

Dr. Rosinger was born in Vienna, and moved to this country at an early age. He was reared in Michigan. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in philosophy from Harvard University.

Before joining the government, he had been a research fellow at Harvard. He had taught at the Women's College of the University of North Carolina, and at Columbia and Princeton universities and what is now Pennsylvania State University.

His wife of 42 years, Anita Rosinger, died in 1977. He leaves no immediate survivors.