Dr. Milton O. Lee, 77, who retired as an editor and executive officer of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in 1965, died Nov. 19 in a Sarasota, Fla., hospital following a heart attack.

He taught physiology at Ohio State University and worked as a research associate at Harvard Medical School before moving here and joining the FASEB, a Bethesda-based professional organization, in 1947.

Dr. Lee helped organize the first International Conference on Scientific Information in 1958 and was a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee from 1961 to 1965.

He had been a consultant to both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation on scientific documentation.

He was a founder of the Council of Biology Editors and received that organization's Meritorious Award in 1975.He also had been president of the American Documentation Institute in 1954.

Dr. Lee was born in Conneaut, Ohio. He earnred bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees at Ohio State University.

He had lived in Bethesda before moving to Florida in 1971.

He is survived by his wife, Helen M., of the home in Sarasota; and two sisters, Mrs. Ray Evans, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Doris Lee, of Bradenton, Fla.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Suncoast Heart Association in Sarasota, Fla.