John Edward Toole, 65, a retired director of governmental affairs for the Ernst & Young accounting firm in Washington, died at Arlington Hospital Nov. 13 of a blood disorder and kidney and liver failure.

Mr. Toole, a resident of Washington, was a former chairman of the Board of Accountancy for the District of Columbia and a member of the Government Accountants Association.

As head of governmental affairs for Ernst & Young, he founded the company's political action committee.

Mr. Toole was born in Providence, R.I.

He graduated from Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., where he majored in accounting, and became a certified public accountant.

As a young man, he worked for the Civil Aeronautics Board in Washington and the Federal Power Commission in Alabama. He worked for the Niles & Niles accounting firm in New York when he joined Ernst & Young in the early 1970s.

He worked briefly in Cleveland and then moved to Washington. He retired in 1997.

Mr. Toole was a member of the University Club, the 1925 F Street Club, the Irish Georgian Society, the American Friends of the Vatican Museum and the Friends of the Corcoran Gallery. He attended St. Ann's Catholic Church.

Survivors include three brothers, Harry C. Toole Jr. of Providence, Robert J. Toole of North Attleboro, Mass., and David D. Toole of Lake City, Minn.