Clyde G. Hess Jr., 76, a retired Foreign Service officer who served in the United States Information Agency, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 13 at a hospital in Manchester, N.H.

Mr. Hess served 25 years in the Foreign Service before retiring in 1980, and his posts included duty in Baghdad, Khartoum, New Delhi, Karachi, Saigon and Ottawa, in addition to service in Washington. He was a graduate of the State Department's senior officers seminar. He received the State Department's Meritorious Honor Award for service in Vietnam in 1968.

He was born in Watertown, Mass., and attended Cornell University and the University of Vermont. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II. Later, he worked at radio station WTAG and the Worcester Telegram Evening News and Gazette in Massachusetts. From 1952 to 1954, he was a Ford Foundation fellow in the Middle East.

He had received Peabody Awards for a radio documentary in 1951 and for Voice of America coverage of the 1972 U.S. presidential election.

After his retirement from the Foreign Service, Mr. Hess was a media and public affairs consultant to the South Korean Embassy in Washington.

A former resident of Rockville, he had lived in Bedford, N.H., and Sarasota, Fla., since 1992.

His marriage to Betty Lou Branch ended in divorce, and his second wife, Gladys Tomajan, died in 1955.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Muriel Hess of Bedford and Sarasota; their four children, Dustin Hess of Jacksonville, Fla., Patrick Hess of Rye, N.H., Timothy Hess of Orono, Maine, and Jennifer Hess of Cambridge, Mass.; and four grandchildren.