Harrison Dean Fravel, 83, a federal highway engineer whose work included technical support for foreign aid projects, died of cancer July 1 at the Manor Care health facility in Arlington. He lived in Falls Church.

Mr. Fravel worked for the Federal Highway Administration and its predecessor for 26 years. He was posted to the Philippines and Ethiopia and had other assignments in Morocco, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Panama, Costa Rica, Libya, Cambodia and Laos. He was also assigned to the Hoover Commission, President's Water Policy Commission and a federal damage assessment center.

After he retired in 1973, he was a consultant to projects in Jordan, Indonesia, Peru and Bolivia.

Mr. Fravel was born in Enderby, British Columbia, and was raised in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and did graduate work in highway engineering in a certification program at Yale University.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. Fravel was a member of the Fairfax County Safety and Traffic Commission, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, National Association of Retired Federal Engineers, Washington Road Gang transportation organization and Graham Road United Methodist Church in Falls Church. He was also a founder in Northern Virginia of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Broyhill Park Civic Association and its Neighborhood Watch program.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Barbara Fravel of Falls Church; two sons, Frederic Fravel of Silver Spring and Dennis Fravel of Washington; and a granddaughter.