Hugh F. Beeghly, 66, a former official of the American Chemical Society and retired government consultant, died Dec. 3 in a Morgantown, W.Va., hospital. He had suffered from cancer.*tMr. Beeghly came to Washington in 1965 as assistant executive secretary of the American Chemical Society. A year later he began a nine-year career as a metallurgical consultant to a number of government agencies.

As a consultant to the National Bureau of Standards, he helped direct a study on bridge corrosion.

Prior to coming to Washington, he worked for the Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation as a research chemist in the field of nonnuclear metals for 28 years.

Mr. Beeghly was a native of West Virginia and earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at West Virginia University.

He lived in Bethesda for 10 years and was president of the West Virginia Society of Washington for two years, before returning to West Virginia in 1975.

His professional membershops included the American Society. He had been president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Chemical Society.

Survivors include his wife, Leona N., of the home in Bruceton Mills, W.Va.; three daughters, Carole B. Bencich, of Rockledge, Fla., and Jane B. Miller, of Nantucket Island, Mass.; a son, Dr. James, of Cooperstown, N.Y.; two sisters, Dorothy B. Cale, of Albright, W.Va., and Thelma B. Barnes, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a brother, Blaine A. of Washington, Pa., and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the West Virginia University Foundation in Morgantown in the name of Hugh F. Beeghly.