Alice Herzig, 67, retired chief of nurse education and training in the U.S. Public Health Service, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at the Bethesda Retirement and Nursing Center.

A resident of Rockville for 15 years, she had entered the center two months ago.

Miss Herzig retired in 1971 after four years as chief of education and training in the nursing division of the Bureau of Health Manpower, USPHS. t

She joined the Public Health Service in 1945 and was a tuberculosis nursing consultant in Alaska and Kentucky for five years.

She then was assigned to the National Institute of Mental Health here and transferred to the Seattle-King-County Health Department before becoming regional mental health consultant for a five-state area served by the USPHS office in Dallas.

Miss Herzig returned here in 1959 and later was put in charge of a new program of career training of psychiatric-mental health nurses in federal Service.

She was born in Jersey City, N.J. She earned a bachelor's degree from Hunter College in New York, a nursing diploma from the Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing in New York, a master's degree from Teachers College of Columbia University and a master's degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.

Miss Herzig was a staff nurse with the Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service in New York and a consultant to the Institute of Inter-American Affairs in the early 1940s. She helped set up the first modern school of nursing in Haiti.

After joining USPHS, she attained the rank of colonel in its commissioned corps. She received numerous service awards.

She was a Fellow of the American Public Health Association and the Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing.

She is survived by a sister, Martha Charney, of North Bay Village, Fla.