Thomas A. Kennedy, 63 a former federal government official and retired dean of administration at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md., died of a brain tumor March 28 in Easton (Md.) Memorial Hospital.

He joined the college staff in 1967 as director of business and finance, and retired in 1976. A resident of Fair fax County for many years, he also lived in Graysonville, Md.

Mr. Kennedy began his government service in 1949 as general counsel to the House Government Operations Committee. While ther he helped draft the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, which created the General Services Administration.

From 1953 to 1962 Mr. Kennedy was assistant and then assistant commissioner and then assistant commissioner for transportation and public utility sevices of GSA.

From there he moved to the Agency for International Development, where he directed the management inspection staff for five years until retiring from the government.

Mr. Kennedy was born in Chicago. A graduate of Loyola University there, he recieved a law degree form DePaul University. During World War II he served in the Pacific as a Navy officer and received the Silver Star.

He had a private law practice in Chicago before coming here.

He is survived by his wife, Jo, and a son, Thomas ., of Falls Church; another son, George L., of Richmond; a brother, Gerald J., of Annapolis, and a grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the building fund of the Benedictine School for exceptional Children in Ridgely, Md.