Berkeley G. Burrell, 60, A Washington businessman and civic leader who was a nationally known spokesman for black business, died last night of an apparent heart attack.
Mr. Burrell, senior warden of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Washington, was stricken during a meeting at the church and was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where he died shortly afterward.
Since 1962, Mr. Burrell had served as president of the National Business League, the Nation's oldest black business group, which was founded in 1900 by Booker T. Washington.
Known as an adviser to several administrations on minority enterprise, Mr. Burrell, who characterized himself as a liberal Republican, served as vice president of President Nixon's Advisory Council for Minority Enterprise.
The owner or co-owner since 1946 of a dry cleaning business here, Mr. Burrell also operated a greeting card business, and was a partner in a land development firm.
In 1965 Mr. Burrell, a former president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, received from the Small Business Administration Washington's first "Small Businessman of the Year Award."
A native of Washington, Mr. Burrell graduated from Dunbar High School, attended Howard University and served in the Army in World War II and the Korean War.
Mr. Burrell served also as a member or officer of a variety of businesses and civic and charitable groups.
He was listed by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100 most influential blacks in America, and was the coauthor of "Getting It Together: Black Businessmen in America."
In addition ot his wife A. Parthenia of the home in northeast Washington, survivors include a son, Berkeley G. Jr., of Los Angeles.