Beatrice N. Vaccara, 60, the director of the Bureau of Industrial Economics in the Commerce Department, died of multiple myeloma and renal failure Jan. 7 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mrs. Vaccara, an economist by training, had worked for various government agencies and the Brookings Institution since she moved to Washington in 1949. She received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award recently for her contributions to economic analysis.

In 1965, she received the Commerce Department's Silver Medal for Meritorious Service and in 1974 she was awarded its Gold Medal for Distinguished Service.

Mrs. Vaccara, who lived in Washington, was born in Brooklyn. She graduated from Brooklyn College and earned a master's degree in economics at Columbia University.

She began her career in Washington at the Agriculture Department. She then transferred to Labor. From 1954 to 1959, she was at the Brookings Institution. In 1959, she joined Commerce. She remained there until 1977, when she went to Treasury as deputy assistant secretary for domestic economic policy. In 1980, she returned to Commerce as head of its newly formed Bureau of Industrial Economics.

Mrs. Vaccara was a fellow, vice president and director of the American Statistical Association, a president of the Women's Statistical Caucus and the Washington Statistical Society, and a governor of the National Economists Club. She published numerous papers in professional journals and was the author or coauthor of two books.

Her husband, John Vaccara, died in 1975.

Survivors include a son, Richard, of Rockville; a sister, Rosalind Shifrin of Silver Spring, and a granddaughter.