Harold P. Newson, 82, a retired communications executive for the National Forest Products Association, died of congestive heart failure May 26 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was a resident of Chevy Chase.

Mr. Newson worked for the National Forest Products Association from 1959 to 1982 and retired as senior vice president and general manager.

He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. He enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II and served at Iwo Jima. He remained a reservist in the Marines until 1956, when he retired at the rank of captain.

Mr. Newson first worked for the Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter in New York. He then accepted a marketing position with the Allied Chemical and Dye Corp., also in New York.

In 1948, he returned to Allegheny College as its director of public information. After relocating to Washington in 1951, he did graduate studies in communications at Catholic and American universities.

In 1959, he wrote a documentary film, "Land the Landing Force: The History of Marine Amphibious Operations."

He was employed by the National Security Industrial Association as its deputy director. He also served as special assistant to the director of the Defense Supply Management Agency for the Office of the Secretary of Defense before joining the National Forest Products Association.

Mr. Newson was a past president of the Forest History Society.

He was a life member of the American Forestry Association and a life member of the Fourth Marine Division Association. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi at his college.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Patricia Chagnon Newson of Chevy Chase; five children, Ellen Emory of Washington, Pa., David Newson of Cabin John, Stephen Newson and Daniel Newson, both of Chevy Chase, and Mark Newson of Pleasant Hill, Ore.; and nine grandchildren.