Richard E. Vogel, a personnel management specialist with the Department of Health Education and Welfare, died of a heart attack July 22 while vacationing in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 50.

Mr. Vogel, who lived in Silver Spring, worked for the government since 1951 and held positions in both Department of Defense and Selective Service System headquarters as well as the HEW.

He was also a part-time instructor in business administration at the University of Maryland.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Vogel, at the time of his death, was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and was awarded several certificates of appreciation.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Vogel received a bachelor's degree from West Liberty State College and a master's degree from George Washington University.

He was a member of the American Management Association, the D.C. Chapter of the International Personnel Management Association, the Classification and Compensation Society and the Washington Saturday College.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of the home, his sons, John of Upper Marlboro and Richard of Silver Spring, a daughter, Michaelle, also of Silver Spring, and his mother, Eleanor, of Pittsburg, Pa.

Mr. Vogel is also survived by two brothers, Tom of Bay City, Mich., and John of Colesville, and four sisters, Aline Cunningham of Greensburg, Pa., Terry Gordon of Woodfield, Ohio, Linda McTall and Margaret Coulchan, both of Pittsburgh.