Milton J. Feldman, 61, a retired personnel official at U.S. Air Force headquarters, died Tuesday at Arlington Hospital after a heart attack.

He had retired in 1975 as chief of training and career development in the civilian personnel directorate.

Born in Maywood, III., Mr. Feldman held degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Oklahoma. He also earned a doctorate in human resource development from George Washington University.

In 1940 he joined the Civil Service Commission here and worked for the Office of Price Administration before transfering to the Air Force in 1947.

Mr. Feldman was considered a pioneer in the development of personnel management techniques and the application of behavorial science research.

During 1965-67, he was an Air Force civilian personnel officer in Japan. He received the Air Force's Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Since his retirement, Mr. Feldman had acted as a consultant and had taught extension classes here of the University of Central Michigan.

An active member of the American Society for Training and Development he was a former president of its Tokyo and Washington chapters.

Mr. Feldman also was active in the American Society for Public Administration, the Adult Education Association and the International Personnel Management Association.

He had been active in civic and parent-teacher association affairs in Montgomery County.

He is survived by his wife, Florence, of the home in Potomac: a daughter, Susan Reiter, of Adelphi: his father, Joseph, of Chicago: a brother, Albert, of Winter Haven, Fla., and a sister, Arlene Pinhasik, of Chicago.