Howard Clevenger Anderson, 73, retired vice president and general counsel of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., died Oct. 3 at George Washington University Hospital of complications following a heart attack.

Mr. Anderson was vice president and general counsel at C&P from 1958 until he retired in 1975. Since then he had been Washington-based counsel to the New York law firm of Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood and was a consultant to Arthur D. Little Co.

He was born in Gloucester City, N.J., and graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law School. He practiced law in New York from 1934 to 1946, then joined Western Electric Co. there and was general solicitor of the company when he moved to Washington in 1958.

Mr. Anderson, a resident of Bethesda, did work on public utility and administrative law for the American Bar Association. He was a past president of the Federal Communications Bar Association and a member of the board of Beauvoir School, Rotary, the Metropolitan Club and the Chevy Chase Club.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Anderson of Bethesda; five children, Alexander, of San Francisco, Clare, of Boston, David, of Washington, and Jane Diette and James, both of Ormond Beach, Fla; a brother, Frederic D., of Indianapolis, and four grandchildren.