George (Scotty) Borrowman, 66, a retired Commerce Department official who had worked in government export promotion activities, died of cancer Tuesday in his home in Londonderry, Vt. He had lived in Vermont since 1979.

Mr. Borrowman joined the Commerce Department in 1963, and worked in export promotions for U.S. products at trade exhibitions in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

In the late 1960s, he was deputy director of the U.S. Trade Center and also the U.S. Consul in Milan, Italy, then Trade Center director and first secretary of our embassy in Paris.

In the mid-1970s he was director of the public relations office of the Commerce Department's Domestic and International Business Administration. cFrom December 1975 to November 1978, he was director of our Trade Fair in Tokyo. He directed the U.S. pavilion at the 1979 Paris Air Show before retiring that year.

In 1965, Mr. Borrowman received the Commerce Department's Outstanding Performance Award. He received its Meritorious Achievement Award in 1974.

Mr. Borrowman was a native of Lincoln Neb., and a 1936 cum laude graduate of Lafayette College. He served with the Navy in the Mediterranean and Pacific during World War II. Before moving to Washington, he was a marketing specialist with steel and publishing companies in New York.

Survivors include his wife, the former Phyllis A. Lyon of Londonderry; two daughters, Kelly Slobodian of Boston and Ann Fujii of Brattleboro, Vt., and a sister, Dorothy Borrowman of Evanston, Ill.