Dr. Howard Howlett Montgomery, 83, a retired captain in the Navy medical corps and an official of the American Red Cross, died Sunday at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center of an acute blood disorder.

Dr. Montgomery was born in Washington. He graduated from old Central High School and earned his medical degree from George, Washington University in 1917. He entered the Navy's medical corps the year of his graduation. He remained in the service for 34 years.

His assignments included sea duty aboard the cruiser Pensacola and the battleship Texas. He also served at the submarine base in Panama, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, where he was commanding officer, and at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington. He retired in 1951.

Dr. Montgomery spent the next 10 years as director of the eastern area blood program for the American Red Cross. He retired 2 second time in 1961.

His military decorations included the Legion of Honor from France and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Dr. Montgomery was a member of All Saints Church in Chevy Chase and was active in the Episcopal church. He was a lay reader at All Saints and had served as a vestryman.

He also was a member of the Isaac Walton League, the St. Andrews society and the Oris Lodge of the Masons.

Survivors include his wife, Irene of the home in Washington; four sons, Howard H. Jr. of Annapolis, William M. of Alexandria. Dr. Robert of Bethesda, and John S. of Chevy Chase; a sister. Maude Montgomery Moffitt, of Washington; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Memorial Fund of All Saints Church. Chevy Chase, or to a charity of one's choice.