J. Harley Murray, 67, editor of the Whaley Eaton newslatters here and a longtime resident of Capitol Hill, died Tuesday of cancer at Washington Hospital Center.

A native of Denver, Mr. Murray began as a reporter with The Denver Post soon after graduating cum laude from the University of Colorado School of Journalism.

He later worked for the old International News Service before joining Whaley Eaton, one of the older newsletters in Washington and one that specializes in business and financial news.

An honorary member of The Newspaper Guild, Mr. Murray was an early guild organizer at The Denver Post, and one of five charter organizers of the National Wire Services Guild.

On Capitol Hill, Mr. Murray was active in the Capitol Hill Restoration Society and in St. Mary's Episcopal Church, where he served six years on the vestry and participated in Christian education programs.

Mr. Murray was also a member of the National Press Club and the Colorado State Society.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, of the home; a son, Robert, of Washington, and a brother, Emmett, of Phoenix.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the St. Mark's Church memorial fund, 3d and A Streets SE, Washington.