WASHINGTON (AP) _ Charles Robert Burrows, U.S. ambassador to Honduras during the early 1960s and a former director of Central American Affairs at the State Department, died at a District of Columbia hospital. He was 76.

A spokesman at Sibley Memorial Hospital declined to give specifics of Burrows' hospitalization or illness following his death Saturday.

Burrows, of Washington, was U.S. envoy to Honduras from 1960 to 1965 and then served as the State Department's director of Central American Affairs. Following his retirement in 1969, he worked as a consultant for Standard Fruit and, at the time of his death, for Castle & Cooke Co.

A native of Detroit and a 1931 graduate of Otterbein College in Ohio, he worked for the Agriculture Deparment before joining the Foreign Service in 1939. He held a variety of posts in embassies in Cuba, Peru, Argentina, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and Venezuela.