Thomas P. Cameron, a veterinarian who later became a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and an official at the National Institutes of Health, died Nov. 28 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was 87.

The cause was cardiac arrest, said his son, John Cameron.

Dr. Cameron came to the Washington area in 1957 and had a small-animal veterinary practice in Camp Springs, Md., before joining the Public Health Service in 1963. At the time of his retirement in 1993, he was assistant coordinator of the environmental carcinogenicity program at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute.

Thomas Price Cameron was born in North Bergen, N.J., and served as an Army combat infantryman in Europe during World War II.

He graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., in 1951 and received a doctorate in veterinary medicine degree at Cornell University in 1954.

He was a resident of Rockville, Md., and a member of several professional associations. He volunteered at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Rose Cameron of Rockville; two children, Nancy Roberts of Princeton Junction, N.J., and John Cameron of West River, Md.; and four grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes