Robert Eugene Conner, 60, a retired chief of the traffic control systems division of the Office of Traffic Operations in the Federal Highway Administration, died of cancer Nov. 29 at his home in Ocean Pines, Md.

Mr. Conner was born in Hanover, N.H. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire. He received a master's degree in traffic engineering from Catholic University. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers in this country during the conflict in Korea.

He was an engineering consultant with a New York City firm and worked for the Ohio Highway Department before moving to Washington in 1965. He joined the Federal Highway Administration in 1965 and retired in 1982.

Mr. Conner had been the staff executive of the National Joint Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and represented the United States at meetings of the international committee of experts on road traffic safety in Switzerland.

He received the Theodore Matson Award from the Institute of Traffic Engineers, of which he is a member. He also was a member and lay leader of the Community Church of Ocean Pines.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of Ocean Pines; a son, Frederick, of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Marsha Cunningham of Silver Spring and Janet Fry of Mount Airy, Md.; his father, Malcolm, of Lompoc, Calif.; a brother, Ernest, of Salisbury, Md.; two sisters, Arlene Huckins of Lompoc, and Joanne Koob of Oquossoc, Me., and two grandchildren.