Retired Army Col. Harold A. Gould, 61, a veteran of World War II and former executive director of the House Committee on Science and Technology, died of cancer Sunday at Georgetown University Hospital. He was a resident of McLean.

He began working with the committee's forerunner, the Committee on Science and Astronautics, as a technical consultant while still on active Army duty in 1963.

Two years later, Col. Gould retired from active duty and joined the staff of the committee, which was later renamed the Science and Technology Committee.

He was named the staff's deputy director in 1975, and was promoted to executive director in February 1979. He resigned recently and was a special adviser to the committee's chairman, Rep. Don Fuqua (D-Fla.).

Col. Gould was a native of Worcester, Mass. He enlisted in the Army in 1938 and later received an officer's commission. During World War II he served with the Corps of Engineers in Europe. His decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

He was a graduate of the Army War College and the Command and General Staff School.

Survivors include his wife, Ouida, and a son, Michael, both of McLean, and his father, Harold F., of Worcester.