Lawrence H.M. Vineburgh, 69, an economist and president of Computerized Electrial Energy Systems, Inc. of Washington, died Thursday at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.

A native of Waterbury, Conn., Dr. Vineburgh was a businessman and consultant in Connecticut before moving to Washington in 1966.

As president of the San-Mar Corp., he was responsible for bringing an 80-foot copy of Columbus' flagship, The Santa Maria, to Washington in 1969 as a tourist attraction. The ship, whose "crew" was made up of sculptured figures, remained here until 1969 when it was sold and moved to St. sLouis, where it later sank during a storm that year.

Dr. Vineburgh graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and earned a doctorate from the University of Berlin in Germany.

After World War II, he served as vice chairman of United Services for New Americans, an organization that relocated European refugees throughout the United States.

Dr. Vineburgh was on the board of directors of the D.C. Society for Crippled Children and chairman of the engery committee of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. In January, the Chamber of Commerce will posthumously honor Dr. Vineburgh with its meritorious service award for his outstanding contributions both to the community and to the Chamber.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Mary Jane, of New York City; a son, James, of West Hartford, Conn., and two grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy by in the form of contributions to the charity of one's choice.