John M. Anthony, 70, a retired liaison officer with the old Federal City College who was active in civic and service groups, died June 30 at Capitol Hill Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Anthony, who had lived in Washington since 1954, was a founder and board member of the Community Improvement Corporation, a past president of the Public Interest Civic Association, a member of the Mayor's Ad Hoc Committee for Model Cities, the Advisory Council on Vocation and Rehabilitation and the D.C. Recreation Board. He also had been active in behalf of the United Planning Organization and a member of the board of the Neighborhood Improvement Association.

In 1974, he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for a seat on the D.C. City Council from Ward 6.

Mr. Anthony was born in Charleston, W.Va., and worked at the New River and Pokahunter Consolidated Coal Mines for 25 years.During World War II, he served in the Army. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

After moving to Washington, Mr. Anthony was a construction worker and then a union representative. About 1970, he joined the staff of Federal City College, now the University of the District of Columbia, as a community liaison officer. He remained in that post until his retirment in 1975.

His wife, Lloyd, whom he married in the late 1920s, died in 1974.

Survivors include his daughter, Goldie Henry of Washington; his brother, William, of Detroit; three foster daughters, Arlene Merkerson, Corlene Johnson and Laverne Adger, all of Washington, and two grandchildren.