Clifford Herman Greve, 63, a retired grants analysis officer with the U.S. Public Health Service, died of cancer Saturday at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital in Arlington.

Mr. Greve spent 29 years in the PHS until his retirement in 1974. He helped supervise the distribution of the Salk Polio vaccine when it first became available in the 1950s. He received the Superior Service Award from the PHS, which is part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He was director of the grants analysis branch for community health services at the time of his retirement.

He also was a retired colonel in the Army Reserves, in which he had more than 30 years of service. In the later stages of World War II, he was assigned to Selective Service headquarters in Washington and for many years was the executive officer of the Army's ready reserve. He retired in 1975.

Mr. Greve was born in Ann Arbor, Mich. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan, where he also was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

He was a member of the American Public Health Association, the Reserve Officers' Association and the Royal Society of Health. He also was a member of the Clarendon United Methodist Church and the Chantilly National Golf and Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Alfreda L., of the home in Arlington, by two children, Carolyn Devall and Clifford W. Greve, also of Arlington, and by five grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to American Cancer Society, or to the Clarendon United Methodist Church, Arlington.