Charles M. Fairchild, 60, a real estate and office building developer in the Washington area, died of cancer Nov. 25 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.

Mr. Fairchild, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Roaring Creek, N.C. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and also studied at the Carnegie Technological Institute in Pittsburgh. He moved here in 1947 as a student at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, from which he graduated.

Mr. Fairchild began his business career in 1952 as an agent for the Lincoln & Philadelphia Life Insurance Co. In 1958, he was made a life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable of the National Association of Life Insurance Underwriters. He continued this work until 1962.

In 1958, he began his career in real estate. In 1962, he founded Fairchild & Co., a real estate investment company with offices in Washington. Among its projects was the Fairchild Building, an office building on Capitol Hill. It also has carried out projects elsewhere in this country and in Canada and Mexico.

Mr. Fairchild, who remained president of his company until his death, was a founder and director of the Guaranty Bank & Trust Co. of Fairfax and a director of Pinehurst Airlines of North Carolina.

He was a member of the Alexandria and Virginia chambers of commerce. He had been a member of the real estate development committees of various schools and colleges, including Georgetown and Vanderbilt.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth of Alexandria; a son, Charles M. II, also of Alexandria; four daughters, Dr. Deborah L. Fairchild Harding of Springfield, Ill., and Bridget L. Fairchild-Trowbridge, Pamela Beth Fairchild and Theresa Dawn Fairchild, all of Alexandria; his mother, Ina Mae Mattox of Dundalk, Md., and a sister, Mary Pauline Davis of Wildwood, Fla.