Dr. Flemmie P. Kittrell, 77, professor and chairman of the home economics department at Howard University from 1940 until her retirement in 1971 who conducted nutrition studies in Africa and India, died Wednesday at Howard University Hospital after a heart attack.

Dr. Kittrell organized a home economics college at the university in Baroda, India, on a Fulbright Scholarship and conducted a nutrition study in Liberia for that country's government. She also observed nutrition practices in neighboring African countries for the State Department. She received an award from the Liberian government for her services.

A native of Henderson, N.C., she earned a bachelor's degree from Hampton Institute in Virginia and earned master's and doctor's degrees from Cornell University.

Dr. Kittrell served as director of home economics and dean of students at Bennett College in North Carolina from 1928 to 1940, when she joined Howard University as chairman and professor in the home ecomonics department. h

Besides her work for Baroda University in India, she also conducted nutritional surveys of India and Thailand for the United Nation and traveled to Sweden, Japan and Hawaii.

She was a consultant for the United Methodist Church in Rhodesia and Mozambique in 1961 and a data researcher in Bangladesh, Zaire and India in 1972 for a family ecology study.

Dr. Kitrell's work was published in many professional publications.She was a member of numerous professional organizations and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Her awards include the Hampton Alumni Award, the International Club Award, the Scroll of Honor from the National Council of Negro Women, an award from the Office of Price Adminmistration and numerous grants and fellowships.

Dr. Kittrell, who lived in Gloucester, Va., left no immediate survivors.