Retired Navy Capt. Arthur F. Johnson, 61, a one-time destroyer comander and intelligence officer, died Thursday at Woodbine Nursing Home in Alexandria after a long illness.

His last assignment before retiring in 1968 was on the faculty of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces here.

Born in Taylor, N.D., Capt. Johnson graduated from Annapolis in 1938. He was on duty with the destroyer U.S.S. Mugford, at Pearl Harbor when it came under attack by the Japanese in 1941.

He continued to serve on destroyers in the Pacific during World War II. Later he commanded the destroyers U.S.S. Daly and the U.S.S. Bailey, and Destroyer Squadron 8 at Mayport, Fla.

Capt Johnson was with defense intelligence in Japan during the Korean conflict and in London during the Suez Canal crisis. He also served on the faculty of the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk.

After retirement, he worked with the Maryland civil defense program and later was a field representative for Strayer College.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, of the home in Alexandria; a daughter, Carla Jarnason, of Burke, Va.; a son, Jeffrey, of Clemson, S.C., and two grandchildren.