Horace Hatch Custis, 87, a retired Washington physician, died of heart disease June 22 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Custis was a lifelong resident of Washington and a graduate of Central High School.

He was a cum laude graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, and he received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, graduating second in his class in 1937.

He had a medical practice on Columbia Road NW for 30 years, then took over the practice of his uncle, Gregg Custis. He retired in 1978.

During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe, where he participated in five major campaigns, commanded a medical unit and was awarded a Bronze Star.

After the war, he returned to his medical practice in Washington.

In 1946, he married Emma Catherine Banks, an Army nursing officer with whom he had served in Europe. She died in 1980.

Dr. Custis also was the volunteer attending physician at the Presbyterian, Methodist and Baptist homes of Washington.

He was a member of the University Club and the Sycamore Island Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Corrine Custis Fasinski of Sykesville; a brother, Robert H. Custis of Ocean City, Md.; and two grandchildren.