Josephine McLeod Hinton, 59, a retired administrative aide with the pupil personnel program of the D.C. public school system, died of cancer Tuesday at the Washington Hospital Center. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Hinton started work as a clerk with the elementary schools section of the school system shortly after World War II. She later was appointed to the personnel office. As an administrative aide, she provided services for the pupils, staff and parents of 85 schools. She retired in 1974.

She was born in Washington and was a graduate of Cardozo High School. During World War II, she worked for the Navy Department.

After her 1974 retirement, Mrs. Hinton was a volunteer with the Reach for Discovery program of the D.C. Divison of the American Cancer Society, visiting hospitals and lecturing on the recuperative period of cancer patients.

She was a member of St. Francis deSales Catholic Parish, where she worked with senior citizens also was associated with the American Cancer Society program.

Her marriage to Alonzo McLeod ended in divorce. Her second husband, Hubert H. Hinton II, a systems manager with the Goddard Space Flight Center, died in 1979.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra McLeod Willis of Springfield; a son, Army Lt. Col. Ronald McLeod of Fort Benning, Ga.; her father, Lewis R. Harris Sr. of Washington; two stepchildren, Lawon Hinton Johnson of Buffalo, N.Y., and Hubert H. Hinton III of Boston, and 10 grandchildren.

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