Francis L. Dale, a former U.S. ambassador, president of the L.A. Music Center, and publisher of the Los Angeles Examiner, died of a heart attack Nov. 28 while visiting Zimbabwe. He was 72.President Nixon appointed Dale in 1972 as U.S. representative to the U.N. in Geneva, with the rank of ambassador. He was president of the Reds from 1967 to 1973, and publisher of the Examiner from 1977 to 1985. He served as commissioner of the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1985 to 1986 , then left to become president of the Music Center of Los Angeles. Survivors include his wife, two sons, two daughters, a sister, two brothers and 11 grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena.