Russell E. White, 62, a former FBI agent and a retired consultant on industrial security for the General Electric Co., died of cancer Monday at Howard County General Hospital.

Mr. White, who lived in Columbia, Md., was an FBI agent in the New Orleans and New York field offices from 1940 to 1946, and then practiced law in his hometown of Barre, Vt., until 1951.

In that year he joined GE as an industrial security consultant in Schenectady, N.Y. He was transferred to the firm's Washington office in 1969, and retired in 1974.

Mr. White has been a member of the industry advisory committee of the Defense Department, president and board chairman of the American Society for Industrial Security, chairman of the National Security Industrial Association, chairman of the security committee of the Aerospace Industries Association, chairman of the security committee of the Electronic Industries Association, and a vice chairman of the American Security Council.

Survivors include his wife, Frances, of the home in Columbia; two daughters, Mary Beth Barlow, of Schenectady, and terry White, of the home; three sons, Steve A., of Phoenix, Ariz., Tim R., of Leesburg, Va., and David R., of Los Angeles; a sister, Barbara McGoff, of Newport, Vt; a brother, Robert, of Keene, N.H. and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.