Patrick F. Donnelly, 60, the director of the Office of Public Inquiries at the Department of Energy and a retired Air Force officer who was decorated in World War II, died of cancer July 14 at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Mr. Donnelly, who lived in Annandale, was born in St. Louis. He enlisted in the old Army Air Forces in World War II and served on bombers in Europe. He remained in the service after the war and saw duty in Germany as well as at various posts in this country.

He retired in 1970, moved to the Washington area and joined the Environmental Protection Agency. He later transferred to the Federal Energy Administration, which became part of the Department of Energy when that was established in 1977. As director of the Office of Public Inquiries, he was responsible for the preparation and distribution of materials for the public and the media.

Mr. Donnelly's military decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal.

Survivors include his wife, M. Irene, two sons, Lamont B. and Patrick Kevin, and a daughter, Tammy E., all of Annandale; a brother, Joseph T., of St. Louis, and a sister, Peggy Lampe of Kansasville, Wis. Another daughter, Kerry Maureen Thomas, died in 1980.