A retired banker, his wife and their elderly servant were found shot to death Friday at their home in an exclusive residential area in Palm Springs, Calif.

Edward Friendly, 74, was found in a bedroom, his wife, Sophia, 71, in the hallway, and their housekeeper, Francis Williams, in the kitchen of the pink Mediterranean-style home.

Police said each of the victims had been shot once in the head, apparently during a robbery. They said they had no leads to any suspects.

Mr. Friendly, who had lived in Warrenton, Va. during the 1930s where he raised throughbreds, was the brother of Alfred E. Friendly, former managing editor and a foreign correspondent of The Washington Post.

He was born in Salt Lake City, attended Harvard and Stanford universities and graduated from the University of Utah. He once held a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

During World War II, he became a rancher in Nevada and later moved to California, where he trained thoroughbreds and retired about 12 years ago. He and his wife were prominent in business and social circles in the San Francisco area.

The couple is survived by a son, Anthony, of Menlo Park, Calif; a daughter, Suzanne, of Los Angeles, and three grandchildren.

In addition to his brother, Mr. Friendly is also survived by a sister, Helen Baldwin, of Charlottesville.