Paul A. McNickle, 57, a native of Washington who had been a court reporter with the Baltimore County Circuit Court since 1964, died Jan. 6 at his home in Pikesville, Md., following a heart attack.

Mr. McNickle graduated from St. Paul's Catholic High School here. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II.

Mr. McNickle returned to Washington in 1945. He attended a broadcasting school here, and moved to North Carolina in 1948. He was a student at East Carolina Teacher's College until 1950.

Mr. McNickle then moved to the West Coast. He came back to this area four years later, and became a sorting clerk at the main branch of the Post Office here. In 1956, he joined the office of the late Sen. Prescott Bush (R-Conn.) as a records clerk. He remained there until 1962.

From 1962 to 1965, Mr. McNickle served on the Baltimore's Workmen's Compensation Commission. He moved from Washington to Pikesville in 1965, and worked for the Baltimore County Circuit Court in Towson as a court reporter.

Survivors include his wife, the former Nancy Kirk, and a son, Thomas, of Pikesville; three brothers, Thomas, of Frederick, George, of Rockville, and John, of Bethesda; and a sister, Mary McNickle of Bethesda.