George Henry Lynch, 88, a retired deputy general counsel of the Veterans Administration, died Friday at the Bethesda Retirement and Nursing Center. He had arteriosclerosis.

Mr. Lynch was born in Liberty, N.Y. After graduating from Cornell University, he returned to Liberty and for about five years was managing editor of the Liberty Register, a newspaper.

He first came to Washington about 1915 as secretary for a New York member of Congress. He also wrote a column called "The Week in Washington" that was distributed to New York newspapers. He earned a law degree at Georgetown University at the same time and then served in the judge advocate general's department of the Army during World War I. He began his career with the VA about 1920 and retired from the agency in 1960. Mr. Lynch was a consultant to the staff of the House Committee on Un-American Activities from 1960 until his second a retirement in 1970.

He was a member of the American and federal bar associations and of the National Press Club.

His wife, Dorothy Ninea Lynch, died in 1956.

Survivors include two daughters, Joan Mary, of Garrett Park, and Robin Brown of Stone Mountain, Ga., and seven grandchildren.