Hubert H. Hinton, 61, who retired in 1973 as systems manager of the Goddard Space Flight Center's telemetry computer facility, died of cancer Tuesday at the Washington Hospital Center.

Mr. Hinton joined the Space Flight Center in 1962, when telemetry data processing was in its early stages. At that time, he processed data from the early Explorer missions from a small computer. After being appointed systems manager of the telemetry division, he supervised the information-gathering processes from the more than 20 satellite missions then in progress.

A native of Washington, he began his government service in 1940 as an apprentice machinist for the old Naval Gun Factory.

Mr. Hinton received many awards for outstanding performance from the Naval Gun Factory, the Naval Ordnance Laboratory and the Goddard Space Flight Center.

He was a skilled cabinet maker, photographer and instrument maker and among his inventions was a measuring gauge.

Mr. Hinton lived in Washington. He was a past master of the Pythagoras Lodge No. 9 F.&A.M., a member of the Shriners Mecca Temple No. 10, and a member of the NAACP. He was a longtime volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

He also was a lifelong member of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church, a member of its board of trustees, and was active in the Junior Epworth League and the Methodist Youth Fellowship.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine H., of the home; a daughter, Lawon H. Johnson, of Williamsville, N.Y.; a son, Hubert H. III, of New York City; a step-daughter, Sandra M. Willis, of Springfield, Va.; a step-son, Army Lt. Col. Ronald M. McLeod, of Fort Benning, Ga.; a sister, Maureen H. Thomas, of Crofton; two brothers, Alvin, and Romeo, both of Washington, and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society. CAPTION: Picture, HUBERT H. HINTON