Raymond G. Dick, 73, a former assistant managing editor of the Washington Star and editor of Nation's Cities Weekly, the newspaper of the National League of Cities, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 21 at the home of his daughter in Austin. He moved from Fort Washington to Bradenton, Fla., in 1993.

Mr. Dick was a native of Lawrence, Mass., who worked for much of his career in Washington. He was a graduate of Worcester Junior College and Boston University. He served in the Navy in Puerto Rico during World War II, after studying drumming at Navy music school.

He was a reporter and copy editor early in his career with the Worcester Evening Gazette and joined the Baltimore Sun as a copy editor in 1964.

He began working in Washington in 1967 for what was then the Evening Star. During 10 years there, he was copy desk chief and assistant news editor. After working as assistant managing editor, he left to join the staff of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild.

He had served as the union's local president in 1969 and was a delegate to Guild conventions. He chaired the Star unit and was named Guildsman of the Year.

Mr. Dick became managing editor of the League of Cities publication in 1982 and retired as editor 10 years later.

He was a member of St. Mary's of Piscataway Catholic Church in Clinton.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn Dick of Bradenton; six children, Patricia Legg of Austin, Steven Dick of Orlando, Robert Dick of Norwalk, Conn., Larry Dick of Auburn, Ala., Michael Dick of Veracruz, Mexico, and Raymond B. Dick of Waldorf; a brother; four sisters; and 10 grandchildren.