Dr. Herbert Bradley Taylor, 48, former head of the department of obstetrical and gynecological pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center here, died at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis Friday of complications from a gastric hemorrhage.

Dr. Taylor was chairman of general pathology at the St. Louis University Hospitals Medical Center in St. Louis at the time of his death.

He also had served as a consultant to the obstetrics and gynecology advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration, to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission and to the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Taylor was a son of the late Rear Adm. and Mrs. Herbert Watson Taylor and he was born in Pensacola, Fla. He moved to Washington as a yough and graduated from old Western High School.

He received his undergraduate and medical education at George Washington University Hospital and at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where he was appointed a department head in 1961.

his specialty was cancer of the reproductive organs and much of his work at the Armed Forces Institute was in the classification of ovarian tumors. He contributed more than 70 articles to professional publications.

In 1970, he was named professor of pathology at the St. Louis University Hospitals Medical Center and subsequently became chairman of its general pathology department.

Dr. Taylor was a member of the International Academy of Pathology, of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and of the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologist. In 1972, he was president of the St. Louis Society of Pathologists.

Surviors include his wife, Marie Gottscho-Wagener Taylor, of the home in St. Louis; two children, Karen Marie and Bradley Watson, both of the home; a brother, Navy Cdr. Turner W. Taylor, who is stationed in Puerto Rico, and a sister, Carolyn Taylor Sharpe, of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to The American Cancer Society or to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Church Road NW., Washington, D.C.