Raymond J. Dolan, 62, a retired senior labor relations specialist for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, died of cancer Tuesday at his Bethesda home.

Mr. Dolan began in 1955 as an adviser and consultant in the Department of Labor's trade union division. From 1964 to 1970, he directed labor relations for the old Public Housing Administration, where he supervised a national program of labor standards enforcement for federally assisted housing.

He then served as labor liaison, and headed a program to recruit skilled tradesmen for the Peace Corps until returning to the Labor Department in 1972. He was liaison officer for the department's employment standards administration until his appointment in early 1978 as HUD's senior labor relations specialist. He retired late last year for reasons of health.

Mr. Dolan was born in Philadelphia. He studied electrical engineering at the Drexel Institute of Technology there and worked as an electrician before moving to this area.

He worked to improve educational programs for retarded children and was active in the Montgomery County Association for Retarded Children. In 1965, he served as executive secretary for the Washington Archdiocesan Annual Charity Ball for the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Institute for Handicaped Children.

Mr. Dolan was active in the Rock Creek Council of the Knights of Columbus and was an active member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret E., three sons, Brian, Paul and Martin, a daughter, Nora, and two stepdaughters, Patricia and Kathleen Burg, all of the home in Bethesda; two sons, Joseph F., of Rockville, and Raymond J. Jr., of Kensington; a daughter, Ellen Cannon, of Falls Church; three stepsons, John M. and Edward T. Burg, both of Philadelphia, and Robert Burg, of Landsdale, Pa.; four stepdaughters, Peggy Ann Henderson, of Norristown, Pa., Carol Carr, and Linda Rieman, both of Lansdale, and Suzanne Gallo, also of Pennysylvania; five brothers, James, edward, Vincent, Thomas and Leonard, and a sister, Ann Bogan, all of Philadelphia, and 12 grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy by in the form of contributions to the Montgomery County Association for Retarded Children, Kensington. CAPTION: Picture, RAYMOND J. DOLAN