Herbert Pine Dunning, 67, a retired program management officers for the Public Health Service, died of cancer Tuesday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

His career in the PHS was marked by a Superior Service Award in 1969 for his work in the cancer control program. In 1973, the year in which he retired, he received the Distinguished Service Award for his work in the Regional Medical Programs Service.

Mr. Dunning, who was born in East Orange, N.J. graduated from Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn. He began his federal career in 1935 with the Social Security Administration. He was an officer in the Navy during World War II and served with the United States Military Government in Seoul before his discharge in 1946.

Mr. Dunning moved to the Washington area in 1947 and worked for the PHS. He was active as a Boy Scout leader for many years and was an amateur wildlife photographer.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Gamble Dunning, of the home in Silver Spring; a son, Stephen Gamble Dunning, of Eagle River. Alaska; a brother, William Stover Dunning, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., a sister Jane Dirks, of Indianapolis, and two grandsons.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Maryville College Scholarship Fund, Maryville, Tenn.