Terrence Catherman, 73, a career Foreign Service information officer whose assignments included deputy director of the Voice of America and minister of counselor for public affairs to Paris and Bonn, died of liver cancer June 23 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Catherman served nearly 40 years in the U.S. Information Agency before retiring in 1990 with the agency's highest rank of career minister.

During the latter part of his career, his overseas duties included public affairs officer of the U.S. missions in Berlin and Belgrade and minister counselor for public affairs to Paris and Bonn.

In Washington, he was deputy director of the Voice of America, the USIA area director for Europe and the chief of the Soviet division of Voice of America.

He was born in Michigan. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in international relations and Russian studies from the University of Michigan, and he served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

He began his career at the Department of State in 1950 and was assigned to Germany.

He later served as a press and cultural attache to Vienna and Moscow.

His honors included the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the USIA Distinguished Honor Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Call Catherman of Washington, and a sister.