Robert A. Bisselle, 77, a banker who worked for 34 years at several area banks, died of cancer Nov. 1 in his Bethesda home.

Mr. Bisselle's banking career included positions with Wachovia Bank in North Carolina for 10 years in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He later had positions with First National Bank and Suburban Bank, which became Bank of America.

In 1983, he was named executive vice president and a member of the board of directors of the Women's National Bank of Washington. Later that year, he was elected executive vice president and chief administrative officer of JML Communications Inc. JML is a subsidiary of James Madison Ltd., the holding company of Madison National Bank. He retired in 1988.

Mr. Bisselle was a native Washingtonian and the son of a past president of Riggs National Bank. He attended the Bullis School in Potomac and graduated from Western High School in 1945. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated from Duke University. He completed Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in 1971.

Mr. Bisselle served in the Coast Guard during the Korean War and later became the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Unit in Greensboro, N.C.

He was one of the founders of the National Postal Forum in 1968 and later served as president and chairman of the trade group.

In addition, he was national chairman and president of Robert Morris Associates; director of the Metropolitan YMCA, which gave him its Man of the Year Award; and chairman of the Advisory Board of Suburban Hospital. He was a director and member of the Washington Rotary Club and a member of the Washington Board of Trade Business Development Committee.

Mr. Bisselle was an elder and treasurer of Bethesda Presbyterian Church and board director and chairman of the investment committee of the Ivymount School in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Frances B. Bisselle of Bethesda; four children, Mary Beth Bisselle of Bethesda, Kathryn Bisselle of Rockville, Thad Bisselle of Gaithersburg and Robert Bisselle of Boyds; a sister, Shirley Toll of Chevy Chase; a brother, Dr. Charles Bisselle of McLean; and seven grandchildren.

Robert Bisselle had 34-year career.