Dr. Katherine A. Frederic, 76, retired personnel policy officer in the Bureau of Programs and Standards of the old Civil Service Commission, died of cancer Saturday at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Washington.

She joined the CSC, now the Office of Personnel Management, in 1942 and became a member of the loyalty rating board in the office of the executive director. She retired after more than 30 years of service.

Dr. Frederic was born in Dorchester, Mass. She was a graduate of Smith College and earned a master's degree from Syracuse University and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. She came to Washington in the early 1930s as a legislative officer on the national staff of the League of Women Voters.

During the 1930s, she served on the President's Committee on Administrative Management and the President's Committee on Vocational Education. In 1941-42, she was head of training and research with the Office of Civil Defense. She taught American government classes at the Agriculture Department's Graduate School.

Dr. Frederic was a past president of the Washington branch of the American Association of University Women and at the time of her death was branch historian and liaison with the national AAUW. She was a past president of the Smith College and University of Chicago alumni clubs here.

She belonged to the American Political Science Association, the American Society of Public Administrators, the National Education Association, the National Municipal League and the Society for Personnel Administrators.

There are no immediate survivors.

It is suggested that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Educational Foundation of the AAUW.