Worthington Bowie Houghton, 67, who retired in 1981 as president of A.C. Houghton and Son Inc., a real estate firm in Washington and Bethesda, died of cancer Dec. 23 at his home, Mint Spring Farm in Boonsboro, Md.

Mr. Houghton was born in Washington and graduated from the old Central High School. He began his career in real estate after graduating from American University. Following World War II service as a Navy officer in the Pacific, he joined the Houghton company, which had been founded by his father in 1907.

He was a member of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Montgomery County Real Estate Board and the Washington Board of Realtors. He was a former director of the Washington Metropolitan YMCA and a past president of the board of governors of the American University Alumni Association.

In 1972, he moved from Bethesda to Boonsboro, where he was a member of the Boonsboro Planning Group and the Washington County Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his wife, the former Adelaide Stone Bushong, of Boonsboro; three children, Worthington Bowie Jr. of Newport Beach, Calif., Elinor Kelly of Tokyo, Japan, and Arthur Clifton II of Washington, and two grandsons.