Sanford S. Marlowe, 60, a retired employee of the United States Information Agency who served in Vietnam, Hongkong, Germany and Australia, died June 23 at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle after a sudden illness.

Mr. Marlowe joined the USIA n 1951, and served in Austria from 1952 to 1957. He was assigned to head the agency's office in Hong Kong, and was in Vietnam in 1965.

While assigned to Washington, he lived in Cleveland Park and Chevy Chase.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and its Wharton School of Business, Mr. Marlowe served in the Air Corps from 1942 to 1946.

Before the war he had worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He had worked for the Bureau of the Budget and the Veterans Administration before joining USIA.

Mr. Marlowe was also director of the agency's Office of Private Cooperation in Washington and the group's liaison with American businesses in Latin America. He also did work with Voice of America.

During his tenure with USTA, Mr. Marlowe attended the Senior Seminar for Police and the George Washington University Institue of Sino-Soviet Affairs.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, of LaJolla, Calif.; two sons, M.B. Marlowe, of Saratoga, Calif., and Tom Marlowe, who is in Asia; a daughter, Sheila Miller, of North Bennongton, Vt, and four grandchildren.