Dr. James Edgar Boyland, 61, a consultant to the Montgomery County Health Department since 1979, when he retired as medical director of the D.C. Children's Center in Laurel and as a pediatrician with the Group Health Association, died Jan. 12 at Georgetown University Hospital. He had undergone heart surgery.

Dr. Boyland, who lived in Kensington, was born in Washington. He graduated from Gonzaga College High School and earned bachelor's and medical degrees at Georgetown University. He served in the Navy in World War II.

In addition to his work at the D.C. Children's Center, Dr. Boyland maintained a private practice in pediatrics. He also was medical director of the Bureau of Maternal and Child Welfare in the D.C. public school system and a physician on the staff of the State Department.

Dr. Boyland contributed work on tuberculosis and chest diseases to the National Institutes of Health and published technical papers in the American Review of Tuberculosis and Pulmonary Diseases.

He was a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Medical Association and the D.C. Medical Society.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne B. Boyland of Kensington; four sons, Michael John, of Gaithersburg, James Patrick and Daniel Joseph, both of Kensington, and Thomas Jay, of Falls Church; one daughter, Susan Jeanne Giangiulio of West Chester, Pa.; three brothers, Richard J. Sr., of Bethesda, Dennis Michael, of Rockville, and John Thomas, of Gaithersburg; four sisters, Marie Antoinette Boyland and Mary Gregg, both of Gaithersburg, Ellen Embrey of Bethesda, and Frances Ann Emmert of Lewisdale, Md., and two grandchildren.