Stanley A. Miller, 61, a retired special assistant to the director of the Voice of America, died of a pulmonary ailments Tuesday at his home in Washington.

He had retired last year after 25 years with the VOA. He started as a public information officer with the agency in New York in 1951.

When VOA became a part of the U.S. Information Agency and moved to Washington in 1954, M. Miller continued his assignments in program, editorial and executive capacities here. He was named special assistant in 1970.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he graduated in 1938 from Harvard University, where he become interested in musical theater and contributed to the Hasty Pudding Show of 1938, "So Proudly We Hail." He collaborated on this with Alan Jay Lerner, Benjamin Welles and Nathaniel Benchley. He also worked briefly with Lerner in writing songs.

After graduation, Mr. Miller started work with the National Broadcasting Company in New York City. He later spent a year as program director of radio station WMRN in Marion, Ohio.

During World War II, he served with the Army in Morocco, Algeria, France and Italy, where he managed American Expeditionary Forces radio stations during the North African and Italian campaigns.

Mr. MIller became assistant press attache at the U.S. Embassy in Rome after the war and then was with Loew's International in film distribution in Egypt and the Near East.

He returned to New York to work as a free-lance writer and composer before joining VOA. He was on assignments for the Columbia Broadcasting System and wrote a musical parody, "The Darling of the Desert," presented at the Old Knick Music Hall in Manhattan.

Mr. Miller was a member of the Federal City Club and the City Tavern in Washington.

He is survived by a brother Dr. William D. Miller, of New York City.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Lung Association.