Robert H. Sanford, 60, a retired Army major who was a veteran of two wars, died of cancer July 1 in Walter Reed Army Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.

Maj. Sanford was a native of Washington and joined the Army in 1942. During World War II, he was an infantry officer in the 88th Infantry Division in Italy. His decorations included two Bronze Stars and two Army Commendation medals.

Between 1948 and 1964, he was a security officer with the Army Security Agency. He served in Japan, and in Korea during the confict there. He retired from active duty in 1964, and later spent about eight years with the Bechtel Corp. here before retiring a second time in 1981.

He was a member of Seat Pleasant Masonic Lodge No. 218, the Scottish Rite, and Ruth Chapter No. 1 of the Order of the Eastern Star. He also had been a member of the Lions Club and the Republican Men's Club, both in Montgomery County.

His wife, the former Margaret Griffith, died in 1978.

Maj. Sanford's survivors include his wife, Faye J., two daughters by his first marriage, Hope S. Rhue and Donna S. Sterling, and a sister, Virginia Rae Crim, all of Silver Spring, and four grandchildren.