Jonh A. Lindquist, 61, deputy director of training and career development for the U.S. Customs Service, died Friday at his home in Chevy Chase after a long illness.

Considered an authority on police administration, training and communications, he had served as director of the U.S. Customs Service Academy here in 1974-75.

Before that Dr. Lindquist had been with the office of public safety of the Agency for international Development for eight years. While working there, he directed the former International Police Academy and was chief of the office's training division.

Born in Kirwin, kan., he starded police work in Chanute, Kan., and in 1937, joined the police department in Berkeley, Calif. He rose from the rank of investigator to deputy chief ofpolice, tetiring in 1966.

Dr. Lindquist earned a bachelor's University and master's and doctoral degrees in criminlogy from the University of California at Berkeley.

He was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Society for industrial Security, the American Society for Training and Development, the Peace Officers Association of California and the FBI National Academy Associates.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of the home; a son, John Gary, of Campbell River, B.C., his mother, Mrs. J. E. Lindquist, of Walnut Ridge, Ark., a brother, Roy, fo Rialto , Calif., and a sister, Ruth Sharpe, of Salina. Kan.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Vincent Lombardi Cancer Fund at Georgetwon University Hospital.