Veryl Patterson Martin, 63, a retired early childhood education director of the D.C. Public Schools who was active in professional and civic groups, died June 8 at George Washington University. She had cancer.

Mrs. Martin began her career in the D.C. Schools as a teacher at Cleveland elementary in 1949. She also instructed student teachers before serving as an assistant professor at the old D.C. Teachers College from 1957 to 1961.

She then held a variety of posts dealing with administration and curriculum development before becoming early childhood education director in 1974. She retired two years later. After that, she was a consultant to both city and federal organizations.

Mrs. Martin had been a director of the National Day Care Association and was a member of the Association of Childhood Education International, the International Reading Association and the National Education Association.

She was a member of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, the NAACP, the Lamond-Riggs Citizens Association and Citizens Aware.

Mrs. Martin was a native and resident of Washington. She was a graduate of both Cardozo High School and the old Miner Teachers College. She earned a master's degree in early childhood education and administration at New York University. From 1942 to 1945, she worked for the federal government. She was a clerk with the Census Bureau, then an economist with the old Office of Price Administration.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence L., of Washington; a daughter, Dr. Janice D.M. Mitchell of Silver Spring; five brothers, Everson Patterson of Laurel, Walter Patterson of Silver Spring, and John, Leonard, and Russell Patterson, all of Washington; two sisters, Joan P. Lewis of Rockville, and Jacqueline P. Grogan of Miami, and two grandchildren.