Ogden C. Reed Sr., 61, a civilian personnel administrator for the Department of the Army in this country and overseas, died Saturday at Commonwealth Doctors Hospital after a heart attack.

After serving in the Army in Iran during World War II, Mr. Reed helped write the "History of the Persian Gulf Command." He joined the old War Department following the war and served as a civilian personnel officer in Japan, Okinawa and in Alexandria, during the 1950s.

From 1962 until about 1968, he was director of civilian personnel for Army forces in Korea and, from 1970 until 1974, served in that position for U.S. Army forces in Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. His most recent assignment was as chief of position and pay management for the Army's Senior Executive Service Program.

Mr. Reed was born in Sacramento, Calif. and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he did postgraduate work in political science. He graduated from the National War College and, in 1970, earned a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University. He lived in Burke, Va.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Binns Reed, a composer, and a daughter, Amy, both of Burke; three sons, Hayward, O. Cartwright Jr., and Chris, also of Burke; a sister, Rose Manfredi, of Davis, Calif.; and three brothers, Marvin, of Sacramento, Caleb, of Tucson, Ariz., and Hayward, of Roseburg, Ore.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a charity of one's choice.