John C. Rowan, 54, a retired official of the Hill-Burton hospital construction program at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, died Saturday at Surburban Hospital in Bethesda after a heart attack.

At his retirement last August, he was acting director of the division of facilities development in the bureau of health planning and resources development.

The bureau is part of the Health Resources Administration in the Public Health Service in HEW.

Mr. Rowan had been associated with the Hill-Burton program since 1963. His positions had included that ities construction program at HEW. of chief of the program and evaluation branch of the former health facil-

Born in Philadelphia, he received a bachelor's degree from George Washington University and a master's degree from the the University of North Carolina, where he majored in sociology. He also studied at the Agriculture Department's Graduate School.

Mr. Rowan was a member of the Southern Sociological Association. He was coaurthor of a number of articles in his field.

He is survived by his wife, Betty C., of the home in Rockville; a daughter, Carol Dianne, of Bethesda; a sister, Irene Accor, of Florida, and a brother, Robert, of California.