Dr. Charles Wendell Freeman, 80, a dermatologist, a retired professor at Howard University and a former city health official, died of a heart ailment Saturday at his home in Silver Spring.

Dr. Freeman practiced medicine in Washinton for 43 years before retiring in 1970. He joined the staff of the Old Freedmen's Hospital as a specialist in dermatology-syphilology in 1927. In 1942, he became an assistant professor of dermatology at the Howard medical school, where he taught until 1970.

From 1948 to 1953, he was director of the D.C. Health Department's physicians training program on venerel disease control. He was chief of the department's venereaal disease control division from 1964 to 1970.

Dr. Freemanwas a past president of the D.C. chapter of the American Meddico-Chirurgical Society and of the Washington Dermatologica Association. He was a member of the Nationl Medical Associciation, the Society of Investigative Dermatology and the Inrnational Society of Dermatologists.

He had been a consultltant on dermatology at D.C. General and Howard University hpitals.

Dr. Freeman was a native of Washington and lived i in the city until moving to Silver Spring about two years a. He was a graduate of Dunbar High School and a 1923 graduauate of Dartmouth College. He received his medical degree aHoward and interned at the old Freedmen's Hospital. He alsoso pursued postgraduate studies in Germany and Austria.

Heaintained a summer home in Highland Beach, Md., where he hadad been a town commissioner and mayor. He was a member of S Mary's Episcopal Church in Washington.

His marriage to MMable Jones Freeman ended in divorce.

Survivors include hi wife of 37 years, Carrie Parkus Freeman of Silver Spring; ttwo sons by his first marriage, John Wendall Freeman of Colubia, Md., and Donald Jones Freeman of Severn, Md.; a sister Esther Rolerfort of New York City; and three grandchildren.

The family suggest that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the building fund of St. Mary's Epscopal Church, Washington.