C. Edward Galbreath, 67, a former White House economist and George Washington University department head, died Saturday at his home in Bethesda. He had suffered from a heart ailment.

Dr. Galbreath was professor of international economics and chairman of the econimics department at George Washington University form 1966 until his retirement in 1975.

He had served at the White House during the Eisenhower administration.

Born in Susquehanna, Pa., he was a graduate of Colgate University and received a mster's degree and a doctorat in economics from Cornell University.

Dr. Galbreath was chairman of the economics department at Alfred University in New York from 1939 to 1942. He then served as an intelligence officer with the Navy during World War II. He also was an economist with the Office of Price Administration during that period.

From 1947 until 1954, Dr. Falbreath was on the staff of the Central Intelligence. He then became an economist on the White House staff.

While holding this position, he was selected to help make a study of this country's economic aid policy toward Turkey. In the latter part of 1960, he was executive secretary of the interdepartmental Council of Foreign Economic Policy at the White House.

He also had been a member of the U.S. delegation to the annual meetings of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in Geneva for four years during the 1950s.

Dr. Galbreath also was chairman of the first working committee on export controls, reporting to the Secretary of Commerce and head of the Economic Cooperation Administration in 1949. He served with a number of adhoc-committees on trade and foreign economic policies.

His assignments had taken him to England, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Japan, Thailand and the Philippine.

In 1960, Dr. Galbreath became director of the George Washington University Center at the Army WEar College.

In 1963, he became director of the university's Programs for War Colleges. Two years later, he was named acting dean of the College of General Studies at GWU.

Dr. Galbreath was the author of a textbook," "International Economics."

He was a member of the American Economic Association, the Society for International Development, and the American Radio Relay League.

He is survived by his wife, "Martha, a daughter, Carol Jean, and a son, Donald Bruce, all of the home, and a brother, Clark, of Endicott, N.Y.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Heart Fund.