Charles C. Hauch, 86, a history teacher and former State Department desk officer who retired in 1980 from the U.S. Office of Education, died July 1 at a hospital Sun City, Ariz. He lived in the Washington area off and on from 1944 until the mid-1980s.

Dr. Hauch was native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he received a master's degree and a doctorate, both in history. He taught at the University of Indiana before joining the State Department staff in 1944.

He was an officer for Dominican and Haitian affairs until 1952, when he returned to Chicago to edit the Spanish-language version of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Dr. Hauch joined the Office of Education, then part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, in 1957 as a specialist in Latin American education. He later was chief of the comparative education branch.

After he retired, he taught at the Center for Latin American Studies at San Diego State University. His book about the Dominican Republic's foreign relations was published in 1996.

Dr. Hauch was a deacon and choir member at Westover Baptist Church in Arlington. He belonged to Phi Beta Kappa, the Latin American Studies Association and the Comparative and International Education Society.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ruthadele L. Hauch of Sun City; three daughters, Priscilla M. Peters of Glendale, Ariz., Charlotte H. Hall of Huntington, N.Y., and Valerie C. Hauch of Minneapolis; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.