Earl L. Meyers, 91, who retired as director of oncology and radiopharmaceuticals for the Food and Drug Administration, died of cardiac arrest July 23 at home in Arlington.

Dr. Meyers was born in Victor, Iowa. He graduated from Coe College and received a doctorate in chemistry at the University of Illinois. Later he was self-employed as a research chemist, and he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In 1939, he began his career with the FDA, and he worked as an inspector in Detroit and later Chicago.

During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe, and he participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He received Silver Star and Bronze Star medals. He retired from the Army Reserve as a colonel in 1967.

In 1950, Dr. Meyers settled in the Washington area. He was author of 50 papers on chemistry and drug management controls. He retired from the FDA in 1974.

He had been a Boy Scout leader and vice chairman of the Arlington district, and he had received the Boy Scouts' Silver Beaver Award.

He was a member of the 94th Infantry Division Association and had been a board member and head usher at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington.

His wife, Helen C. Meyers, died in 1984.

Survivors include two children, Richard E. Meyers of Arlington and John A. Meyers of Lisle, Ill.; and two grandchildren.