C. Max Farrington, 82, a former director of athletics at George Washington University who also served as executive secretary of the Metropolitan Police Boys Club, died of cancer March 4 at a hospital in Springfield, Mo.

Mr. Farrington retired in 1974 after more than 40 years as a faculty member, coach and administrator at GWU. He joined the university as head baseball coach and freshman football coach in 1929 and he was a special assistant to the president for fund raising when he retired.

During the early 1950s he was president of the old Southern Athletic Conference when that was one of the major athletic conferences in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Mr. Farrington also was a founding member and former president of the Touchdown Club. His tenure as executive secretary of the Metropolitan Police Boys Club covered the late 1950s.

He was born in St. Louis and graduated from Westminster College in Missouri. He received a master's degree in physical education at GWU. He was the university's director of athletics from 1939 until he joined the Navy during World War II, and he served as director of the Navy's physical training program during the latter years of the war.

Mr. Farrington returned to the university and his job as director of athletics after the war, and he also served as dean of men. In 1953 he relinquished those jobs and was named to the first of several fundraising positions.

A former resident of Bethesda, Mr. Farrington was a 33rd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, the Almas Temple of the Shrine and the Congressional Country Club. He moved to Springfield, Mo., in the late 1970s.

His first wife, Lydia Wilson Farrington, died in 1967.

He is survived by his wife, Madge M. Hunter Farrington, of Springfield; two sons by his first marriage, Thomas A. of Mitchellville, Md., and Max Jr. of King George, Va.; one stepdaughter, Ann Hunter Shipp of Chicago; one brother, Bert W. of Port Isabel, Tex.; one sister, Ruth Warren of Aurora, Mo., and eight grandchildren.