Dr. Donald F. Flick, 57, a biochemist who was a retired health scientist administrator with the National Institutes of Health, died Friday at the National Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Hospital in Arlington after a heart attack.

Dr. Flick joined the Food and Drug Administration in 1959, and was a supervisory research chemist before becoming a coordinator in the FDA's Methadone Monitoring Division in 1969.

From February 1978 until he retired in September 1979, he worked for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

He was an instructor at George Washington University from 1953 to 1958 and had been a professor at the Department of Agriculture Graduate School since 1963.

His research included studies of synthetic glycerides, cholesterol and lipid matabolism, nutrition requirements in a cold environment and the chemistry of anticoagulants.

Dr. Flick was a native of Martinsburg, W. Va., and earned bachelor's and master's degrees at West Virginia University. He earned a doctorate in biochemistry at George Washington University in 1958.

He taught high school classes in West Virginia, worked for the West Virginia State Health Department and served in the Army in World War II before coming to Washington.

He was a member of the Washington Academy of Sciences, the American Institute of Chemists, the American Institute of Nutrition and the Society of Research Administrators.

He was a resident of Arlington.

Survivors include his wife, Olga, an adopted daughter, Rose Anne Flick, and an adopted son, Terence, all of Arlington; his mother, Retha Kees Flick of Youngstown, Ohio, Paul, of Martinsburg, and Willis, of Madrid, Spain.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Camp Highroad, a Methodist church camp in Middleburg, Va., or to the building fund of the Arlington United Methodist Church.