Philip Potter, 80, a veteran journalist who worked 33 years for the Baltimore Sun and served as the newspaper's Washington bureau chief from 1964 to 1972, died April 27 at his home in Sonoma, Calif., of an apparent stroke.

Mr. Potter's career with The Sun included stints as city editor, war correspondent during World War II, the Greek civil war in the late 1940s, and the Korean war, White House and Senate correspondent, and bureau chief in New Delhi and London.

He retired in 1974 after having served two years as the newspaper's London bureau chief. He had lived in Sonoma since then.

Mr. Potter was born in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota. Before joining the news staff of The Sun in 1941, he had worked for the Associated Press and had been managing editor of the Rapid City Daily Journal in South Dakota.

After serving as city editor of The Sun, he went to the China-Burma-India theater as a war correspondent during World War II. He remained in the Far East after the war to cover the occupation of Japan and Korea, and then returned to this country where he was assigned to his newspaper's Washington bureau in 1946.

He was detached from Washington to cover the civil war in Greece, the Arab-Israeli fighting after the establishment of Israel in 1948, and the Berlin Airlift. He was wounded in the leg while covering the Korean war.

Mr. Potter covered the Senate during the 1950s when senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis.) attracted widespread attention while hunting for Communists in government, and he wrote extensively about the McCarthy phenomenom.

An expert in Asian affairs, Mr. Potter made frequent reporting trips to Asia while assigned to The Sun's Washington Bureau. He also wrote frequently about national politics.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Potter of Sonoma, and three children, John Potter of Washington, Barbara Potter of Petaluma, Calif., and Susan Black of San Francisco.