Douglas J. Titus, 60, an attorney with the Justice Department's civil division for 26 years before retiring in 1977, died of pulmonary emphysema Sunday at his home in Chevy Chase.

Mr. Titus was a native of Washington and a 1938 graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School. He was a graduate of Georgetown University and its law school, and served with the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II.

He was affiliated with the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson before beginning his career with the Justice Department in 1951.

He was a golfer and had been a member of the Columbia Country Club for more than 25 years.

Mr. Titus was a member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, the former Kathleen O'Hearn, of Chevy Chase; four daughters, Courtney Joncas of McLean, Gari Wilson of Wheaton, and Craig and Suzanne Titus, both of San Francisco; two sons, Douglas Jr., of Tampa, Fla., and John R., of Chevy Chase; a brother Harold H., of Bethesda, and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Georgetown Preparatory School or the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School.