Earl Bunting, 88, former national president and chief administrative officer of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and former president of O'Sullivan Rubber Corp. in Winchester, Va., died Aug. 8 of respiratory failure at the Boca Raton Community Hospital in Boca Raton, Fla.

Mr. Bunting was NAM president from 1947 to 1948. Later that year, he became the association's chief administrative officer, holding that post until 1954. He was an honorary vice president of NAM and a member of its board of directors until his death.

In 1954, he was named by President Eisenhower to the vice chairmanship of the President's Committee on the Physically Handicapped.

Also in 1954, he founded Washington's Earl Bunting International Geonomics, an internationed consulting firm, and remained active in it until his retirement in the late 1960s.

Mr. Bunting, who moved to Boca Raton in the mid-1970s, was born in Olney, Ill., and received a degree in industrial and management engineering at the University of California at Berkeley in 1912. He moved to this area in the 1920s and formed Earl Bunting and Co., a consulting firm.

In 1941, he became president and general manager of O'Sullivan Rubber Corp., holding that post until he joined NAM. He remained a director of O'Sullivan Rubber until his death.

Mr. Bunting was a member of the American Society of Political and Social Science, the American Institute of Management, the American Management Association, the Public Relations Society of America and the American Society of Political Science.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, the former Pauline Newton, of Boca Raton.