Carl H. McIntyre, 59, a long-time District of Columbia government attorney who retired in October as director of campaign finance, died of cancer Friday at Howard University Hospital.

Mr. McIntyre had worked for the city for 28 years. He began his career with the D. C. Parole Board, then worked as asurpervisory investigator for the old D.C. Department of Public Welfare for three years before joining the Corporating Counsel's office in 1966.

He spent eight years as a staff attorney with that office, the last two as chief of law enforcement, before being named to the new post of director of campaign finance by Mayor Walter Washington in October 1974.

During his years as director of finance, he was in charge of enforcing the city's campaign spending and conflict-interest laws.

Mr. McIntyre and his office were an arm of the board of elections and ethics. It is the job of the board to make final decisions on action against election offenders.

As an investigator, Mr McIntyre attempted to stay out of the public eye. "My view is that when you're dealing with the rights of others, where you literally have the power to destroy them that is not a job for ego-tripping," he told The Post in a 1977 interview.

He helped direct an investigation of Joseph P. Yeldell's personnel practices concerning Yeldell's years as director of the city's department of human resources.

Mr. McIntrye was quoted in The Post in 1977 as saying, "I know Joe Yeldell. I'd love to see him come out of this thing but I'm not going to try to block a prosecution."

Although his staff was small, his budget modest, and the office carried what he said was a huge workload, Mr. McIntyre said that "compared to most states and cities Washington has one of the cleanest governments there is."

Mr. McIntyre was a native of Louisiana. He earned a bachelor's degree at Philander Smith College. He was a cum laude graduate of Howard University's law school in 1947.

He was a committee chairman of Boy Scout Pack 540 in Washington from 1970 to 1973.

Survivors include his wife, the former Joyce Lee Booker, a son, Carl H. Jr., and a daughter, Carlene V., all of the home in Washington, and his mother, Aretha McIntrye, of Washington.