George Gomez Hoover, 65, a retired foreign service officer who had been a civil engineer in Third World countries with the Agency for International Development, died of cancer Nov. 7 at his home in Arlington.

He worked for AID from 1966 to 1983, serving in Panama, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Pakistan, as well as Washington. He returned to the agency in 1984 and worked in Bangladesh until becoming ill and returning here in September 1985.

Mr. Hoover was born in Chile. He was a graduate of the University of Chile, where he also earned a master's degree in education. He came to this country in 1949. He earned two more bachelor's degrees -- in mathematics at Amherst College and civil engineering at Oregon State University.

Before joining AID, he had worked in private industry and as a civil engineer for the Army Department in the Panama Canal Zone. He had worked for the Military District of Washington in 1962 and 1963. He had lived in this area since 1979.

Survivors include his wife, the former Lucille Yaussy, whom he married in 1954 and who lives in Arlington; three sons, Rodger George Hoover, also of Arlington, Robert Daniel Hoover of Dallas and Gary Michael Hoover of College Park; a daughter, Catherine Hoover of Arlington; a brother, Mario G., of Springfield, Mo.; a sister, Julia Hoover Dominguez of Santiago, Chile, and two grandchildren.