Joseph Milton Boland, 60, an agent for Nationwide Insurance Company in Gaithersburg since 1945, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Gaithersburg.

In 1965, he was named Nationwide's "Agent of the Year." He also had received a number of awards from the Suburban Maryland Life Underwriters Association.

A longtime resident of Gaithersburg, he was a member of the Gaithersburg Lions Club and the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Fire Board. He had belonged to the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Fire Department since 1947.

Mr. Boland was a native of Germantown and a 1938 graduate of Gaithersburg High School. He was a fighter pilot with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and earned the Air Medal. He was aboard the battleship Missouri as a Navy photographer during the ceremonies that ended the war with Japan.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah White Boland of Gaithersburg; three daughters, Teresa Lee Boland of Orange City, Fla., Kathryn B. Jamison of Beallsville, Md., and Mary B. Dunn of Frederick; two sisters, Catherine B. White of Seminole, Fla., and Claire B. Long of Beltsville, and two grandchildren.

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