Robert F. Madden, 67, a retired Navy captain who was an official with the Department of Health and Human Services before retiring a second time in February 1981, died of cancer Jan. 9 at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. He lived in Vienna.

Capt. Madden was a native of California, and 1936 graduate of the University of Santa Clara there. He entered the Coast Guard in 1943, commanding a cutter in Europe during World War II. He transferred to the Navy in 1946, and held a variety of staff and training posts, before retiring from active duty in 1966.

He then joined the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where he was a director of employe training. He later directed programs in the Department of Health and Human Services for the employment of the handicapped.

Capt. Madden was a cochairman of the U.S. Inter-Agency Committee on Handicapped Employees from 1974 to 1980 and a delegate to the 1977 White House Conference on the Handicapped.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy E., of Vienna; two sons, John D., of Detroit, and James M., of Alexandria; six daughters, Roberta F. Daughorty of Alexandria, Patricia M. Linn of McLean, Maureen M. Booth of Arlington, Dorothy M. Lewis of Sterling, and Joan and Susan M. Madden, both of Vienna; two brothers, William and Bernard, and a sister, Agnes Hufft, all of California, and six grandchildren.