Richard B. Snyder, 62, who retired in July as vice president of comptrollers operations for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company, died Monday at his home in Bethesda after a heart attack.

In 1937, Mr. Snyder began his communications career as an installer for Western Electric. He joined C&P of Maryland two years later and remained there until 1958, when he transferred to the Wisconsin Telephone Company. He was a vice president there before returning to C&P in 1964.

Mr. Snyder was born in Milwaukee and reared in Baltimore. He attended the University of Houston, Morris Harvey College in West Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

He was a past president of the Washington Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the International Club of Washington. He also was a member of Bethesda Country Club and the American Contract Bridge League.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel, and a son, Edward H., both of Bethesda; two other sons, Gregory B., an Air Force captain serving in England, and Morgan D., of Rockville; a daughter, Virginia P. Campbell of Derwood, Md.; two sisters, Lillian Harris Snyder and Betsy Powell, both of Baltimore, and a granddaughter.