Harold C. Rowland Sr., 66, a former Washington area resident who operated Hammond Organ Studios in Wheaton and Fairfax, died of a pulmonary edema Aug. 3 at a hospital in Clearwater, Fla.

Mr. Rowland was born in Des Moines. He worked as a purchasing agent for the federal government in the Midwest for a number of years before moving to this area in 1950.

He then joined the State Department and was chief of procurement there until his government retirement in 1953.

In 1961, after working as a Washington area sales representative for the Royal Metal Manufacturing Co. of Chicago for several years, Mr. Rowland opened an organ and piano business, the Hammond Organ Studios of Washington.

He sold the businesses in 1967 and moved to Clearwater, where he sold real estate before joining Western Union last year as a sales representative. r

He served in the Army medical corps during World War II.

A former resident of Silver Spring,Mr. Rowland was a member of Silver Spring Lodge No. 215 of the Masons.

He was a former board member of the Wheaton Kiwanis and a former board member and past president of the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, which named him Man of the Year in 1966.

He was a past president of Chapter No. 845 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employes.

Mr. Rowland was formerly married to Althea Horn, also of Clearwater.

Survivors include four sons, Harold Jr., and Dennis F., both of Silver Spring, Gary L., of Tampa, and David B., of Raliegh, N.C. and five grandchildren.