WASHINGTON (AP) _ Crosby S. Noyes, a longtime reporter and editor for The Washington Star, died Thursday after a heart attack. He was 67.

Noyes, who began his career as a reporter for the Star in 1947 and went on to become chief European correspondent and then foreign editor, died at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

When Noyes joined the newspaper's staff, his family had been associated with it for almost 100 years. He specialized in foreign affairs from the start, making various reporting trips to Europe and opening the paper's Paris bureau in 1954.

He was in the United States from 1956-1958, then returned to Paris and reported from Europe until 1964, when he became foreign editor.

Noyes was ''especially good at putting complicated foreign issues in understandable terms,'' said Charles Seib, a former managing editor of the Star.

Noyes won the National Headliner Club award in 1958 for foreign reporting for a series on the rise of Gen. Charles de Gaulle to president of France.

Noyes retired in 1974, when the Noyes and Kauffmann families, which had controlled the newspaper since 1867, sold it to Joe L. Albritton. Albritton later sold the paper to Time Inc., which closed it in 1981.

Noyes, who lived in Bethesda, Md., was born in Washington and graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., and Yale University.

He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and after becoming a flier was assigned to instruct Free French pilots in the United States. He later flew combat in Europe and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

Noyes is survived by his wife, the former Letitia Hughson, and four children, two brothers and a half-sister.