Henry Cordover, 61, a commissioner of the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County, died of cancer Nov. 26 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

Mr. Cordover was one of the first magistrates appointed to the Montgomery County court system in 1967, when the position was created. He was made a commissioner in 1971, when commissioners were named to take over the job of magistrates with expanded reponsibilities. These included the power to determine whether a suspect should be released on bond and the power to issue search and arrest warrants. Mr. Cordover remained a commissioner until his death.

Mr. Cordover was born in Washington and educated at public schools here. He also attended George Washington University. He earned a law degree from Southeastern University in 1941.

After World War II service as an officer in the U.S. Maritime Service, he returned to the Washington area and engaged briefly in his retail business. He later worked for a number of companies, including Consolidated Cigar Co., before being named a magistrate.

He was a member of the Amity CLub and of the Metropolitan Lodge of B'nai B'rith, the Jewish service organization.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of the home in Silver Spring; two children, Carol E. Ginsberg of New York and Alan J. Cordover of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; his mother, Celia Cordover of Silver Spring; a brother, Marvin Cordover of Washington, and four grandchildren.