James H. Boughton, 60, a retired Foreign Service officer who was deputy director of the State Department's office of regional affairs from the late 1960s until retiring in 1972, died Monday in a hospital in New Delhi after a heart attack.

His wife, Priscilla M. Boughton, is the AID director for India, and the Boughtons maintain homes there and in Washington.

Mr. Boughton was a native of Boston and a 1942 graduate of Yale University. After serving for a time with the Army Air Corps, he worked in the State Department's public affairs office from 1943 to 1955. He joined the Foreign Service later that year and was assigned as a political officer to Colombo, Ceylon.

He was deputy director for the Peace Corps' operations in North Africa, the Near East, and South Asia, from 1961 to 1963, then spent two years as Peace Corps director in Pakistan. After a stint at the Foreign Service Institute, and attending the Army War College, he was named deputy director of State's regional affairs office.

His marriage to the former Nancy Wyllie ended in divorce.

Mr. Boughton's survivors include five sons by his first marriage, Michael, of San Francisco, Thomas and David, both of Mill Valley, Calif., and Jonathan and Nathaniel, both of Weston, Conn