Richard R. Bogardus, 65, a former Peace Corps and foreign aid official, died at Arlington Hospital Sunday as a result of a kidney ailment.
Born in Miami, Ariz., Mr. Bogardus began his government career in 1935 as a civilian employee of the Army in El Paso, Tex.; Tulsa, Okla., and St. Louis, Mo.
He moved to Washington in 1949 and went to work as a special assistant to the comptroller of the Department of State for foreign aid programs.
In 1961, when the Peace Corps was formed, he became its first director budget and finance. He then spent eight years as a loan implementation adviser for the Agency for International Development, retiring in 1970.
Mr. Bogardus had been active in the Masons for 20 years, serving in the International Order of Job's Daughters and the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He also was a member of the Arlington-Rosslyn Lions Club and of the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, in which he had served as both deacon and elder.
Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Davis, of the home in Arlington; two daughters, Jacqueline Hawes, of Arlington, and Betty Butler, of Princeton, N.J.; his stepmother, Louise Bogardus, and a sister, Grace Mock, both of El Paso, Tex.; and five grandchildren.