Donald O. Lambert, 59, who retired from the printing and photography division of the Central Intelligence Agency in 1977 after 29 years of service, died at Fairfax Hospital Feb. 21 of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mr. Lambert, who was born in Tennessee and grew up there, came to Washington about 1940 and went to work for the old War Department. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and won the Bronze Star.

He returned here and in 1946 married his wife, Catherine, whom he had met while working at the War Department. He got a job with the War Assets Administration, took courses at the National School of Photography and went to work for the CIA in 1948. In 1962, he received a citation for designing equipment to speed the collation of printed matter and in 1971 received the agency's Certificate of Merit.

Over the years, Mr. Lambert also became a licensed commercial pilot and studied at the Capital Radio Engineering Institute and the Columbia Technical Institute. He lived in Fairfax.

In addition to his wife, of Fairfax, survivors include two daughters, Kristie Litch of Arlington, and Cathy Lambert of Washington; two sons, David, of Fairfax, and Kirk, of Eugene, Ore., and his mother Nellie Lambert, of Fairfax.