Leonard Charles Hall, 77, retired director of public relations with the office of the secretary of Health, Education and Welfare and a former newspaper reporter, died of cancer June 3 at his home in Edgewater, Md. He had lived in Edgewater since 1969.

Mr. Hall was born in Greenville, Mich., and graduated from the University of Michigan. He worked for newspapers in California, Colorado and Michigan and for the Associated Press in New York before serving in the Navy in the Pacific in World War II.

From 1947 to 1950, Mr. Hall was director of public relations with the Military Air Transport Service in Washington. From 1950 to 1961, he published a weekly newspaper in Michigan. In 1961, he returned here and joined HEW, from which he retired in 1971.

Mr. Hall, who lived in Bethesda before moving to Edgewater in 1969, was a member of St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Annapolis, the South River Park Citizen's Association in Edgewater and the National Press Club.

Survivors include his wife, Marian Noerager Hall of Edgewater; two daughters, Mary Louise Curiel of Edgewater, and Wendy Hall of Annapolis; two sons, Nicholas A., of Annapolis, and Leonard C. Jr., of Edgewater, and four grandchildren.