Irvin Henry Lee, 48, a retired Air Force master sergeant who later worked for the D.C. Department of Employment Services, died Tuesday at his home in Washington after a heart-attack.

Mr. Lee was born in Baltimore, where he attended Morgan State College. He entered the Air Force in 1952 and served in Europe and Asia before his return to the United States in 1955.

In 1962, he was assigned to Andrews Air Force Base. He later served from 1966 to 1967 in Vietnam and spent a short time at Bolling Air Force Base before returning to Andrews. He retired from active duty there in 1974.

During his years in the Air Force he wrote several works on military subjects, including a 1967 book, "Negro Medal of Honor Men," about blacks who held this nation's highest decoration for valor.

After leaving the Air Force he joined the D.C. Department of Employment Services, where he worked as a manpower counselor until the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline, and a daughter, Patricia, of Washington; a stepson, John Hubert of Washington; two sisters, Emily Christian of Dayton, Ohio, and Beverly Stevenson of Petersburg, Va., and his mother, Emily D., and his grandmother, Beatrice Dabney, both of Baltimore.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.