Robert E. Farrell, 73, a retired Washington bureau chief for Business Week magazine who also was a past president of the National Press Club and past chairman of the National Press Foundation, died Aug. 21 at his home in Washington. He had Parkinson's disease.

He came to Washington when he spent two years with the Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau in the early 1950s.

While living in Paris from the mid-1950s to early 1970s, he worked for Business Week and became its Paris bureau chief, a position he held for about 15 years. He then served as its Washington bureau chief for 16 years until retiring about 1990.

Mr. Farrell and his wife were also part-time residents of Cabourg in the Calvados department of Normandie, France, for more than 30 years, from the time he was Paris bureau chief of McGraw-Hill.

Mr. Farrell was president of the National Press Club in 1977 and became the second president of the National Press Foundation in 1979 and later served as its chairman.

Mr. Farrell, a New York native, served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a Bucknell College graduate and a Harvard University Nieman fellow.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Adrienne Tassler Farrell of Washington; a daughter, Pia Barbet-Massin of Paris; three sisters; and a granddaughter. Another daughter, Katrin Luba Farrell, died in 1995.