Thomas J. Trodden Jr., 72, who retired from the disbursement division of the Treasury Department in 1964 after 32 years of service, died Thursday at Profidence Hospital. He had diabetes.

Mr. Trodden was born in Washington and graduated from old Central High School. He also was a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. After leaving the government, he worked for the Washington stock brokerage firm of Folger, Nolan, Fleming & Douglas before retiring a second time about 1973.

Mr. Trodden was a certified judge of the American Horse Show Association. He was a member of the old Manor Hunt Club and at one time wrote a column on riding and showing horses for the old Washington Times-Herald and The Washington Post.

He also was a member of the parish of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and was president of its Men's Club. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a state deputy of the K. of C. for Washington, and a Grand Night of the Spaulding Council.

His wife, Augusta E. (Bernie) Trodden, died in 1965.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon A. Markward, with whom Mr. Trodden lived in Hyattsville; a son, Thomas J. Iii, of Hyattsville; a brother, Stephen A., of Arlington, and five grandchildren.