Imogene Vaughn Peck, 60, a lifelong Washington area resident who retired last year as a management personnel specialist with the Department of Labor, died of a pulmonary embolism Friday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

A native Washingtonian and a resident of Silver Spring, Mrs. Peck graduated from Dunbar High School and Howard University. She began her federal career in 1943 with the Library of Congress and later worked for the National Labor Relations Board and the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and its component, the National Institute of Education. She transferred to the Labor Department in about 1976.

Mrs. Peck was formerly active in Washington civic and community matters. She was an active member of the Washington chapter of the National Smart Set and the Twelve G's and a former member of the I.C.'s, three leading black women's groups.

She was a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring and a former member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Washington.

Her husband, Robert Cook Peck, a lieutenant with the D.C. Fire Department and a special assistant to the fire chief, died in 1972.

Survivors include a daughter, Michon Elizabeth, of Silver Spring; her mother, Tulip C. Peck, and a sister, Lorraine V. McGowan, both of Washington, and a brother, Ralph A. Vaughn of Los Angeles.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.