Max Ruben Shohet, 77, a retired public relations consultant who also had worked as a reporter and editor, died Friday at the Calvert County Hospital in Prince Frederick Md., after a heart attack.

A native of Lithuania, Mr. Shohet was brought to this country at the age of five and grew up in Maine.

When he was 18, he began working as a reporter for the Muscatine (Iowa) Journal and subsequently worked for newspapers in Chicago, Cleveland, Brooklyn and Youngstown, Ohio.

In 1942, he came to this area to work as a news editor for the Federal Communications Commission's old Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service.

He then managed the Washington office of Radio Reports Inc. of New York City and served as director of radio and television for the Office of Rent Stabilization.

When the office was abolished in 1953, Mr. Shohet became a free-lance public relations consultant. He retired in 1965 for health reasons.

Mr. Shohet was honorary chairman of the National Public Relations Committees of the American Public Relations Association from 1947 to 1953. cIn 1957, he directed press coverage for a White House conference on small business.

He lived in Suitland before moving recently to Prince Frederick. In the early 1950s, Mr. Shohet was one of a group of Suitland residents who helped establish a library there.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia C., and a daughter, Toni Grinder, both of the home in Prince Frederick; a brother, Samuel, of New York City; a sister, Lillian Dunn, of Chicago, and five grandchildren.