Retired Army Maj. John Kiselyk, 63, an industrial security official at the Department of Defense, died Tuesday at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base. He had cancer.

A native of Newark, N.J., Maj. Kiselyk enlisted in the Army in 1936 and retired in 1959 with the rank of major. His career was in intelligence. He served and had two tours of duty in Germany. He moved to the Washington area after his retirement and lived in Alexandria.

After leaving the service, Maj. Kiselyk joined the Defense Department as an industrial security specialist. In 1971, he was named chairman of the Defense Screening Board in the office of the general counsel of the department. The board's responsibility is to over see security clearances for persons working on defense contracts. Maj. Kiselyk remained chairman until his death.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1961 and graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1965.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years. Pauline, of Alexandria; a son, Air Force Maj. John Kiselyk of Phoenix, a daughter, Judith Moura of of Fairfax; a sister, Mary Yadlowsky of Irvington, N.J., and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society, or to a charity of one's choice.