Edith H. Sherrard, 62, a professional staff member of the American Association of University Women here from 1945 to 1969, died of a heart attack Feb. 2 at her home in Providence, R.I. She had moved there in 1970.

At AAUW, Mrs. Sherrard was responsible for programs in social studies and later im social and economic issues. She worked on community needs, lobbying, group tensions, individual liberties, volunteer services, the aging, consumer issues and mental health. She was a founder of the Women's Joint Congressional Committee.

Mrs. Sherrard was born in Greenock, Scotland, and came to this country as a child with her family. She grew up in Forts Hills, N.Y. Agraduate of Mount Holyoke College, she held a master's degree from Columbia University. She also studied at Bryn Mawr College.

A former research assistant for the Chase National Bank in New York City, she came to Washington in World War II as a research assistant in economics and statistics for the War Production Board. She also was a staff member of the U.S.-Canadian Joint War Production Committee from 1942 to 1945.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred Sherrard, of the home, and her mother, Elsie Hyslop, of Providence.