Melvin L. Krulewitch, 82, a former chairman of the N.Y. State Athletic Commission and a retired general in the Marine Corps reserve, died at his home in New York City Thursday, following an apparent heart attack.

A native of New York, Gen. Krulewitch earned at Columbia University. He practiced law in the city while serving as a Marine Reserve officer from 1927 to 1956, and while heading the athletic commission, which supervises boxing in the state, from 1959 to 1966. He went to his law offices the day before his death.

Gen. Krulewitch began as a Marine private during World War I. He served at Belleau Wood and in the Meuse-Argonne offensives in France and was wounded twice. He returned to his law studies after the war and then began to practice.

He was commissioned in the Marine reserves in 1927. During World War II, he took part in the campaigns on Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, and earned two Bronze Stars. He also served briefly in Korea during the conflict there. He was promoted to major general on his retirement in 1956.

Gen Krulewitch was member of the Park Avenue Synagogue and was active in many service organizations.

His first wife, the former Helen M. Rothstein, died in 1957.

In addition to his second wife, Helen, of the home in New York City, he is survived by a daughter, Nan Socolow, of Washington; two sons. Elihu P., of New York City, and Richard Jay Greene, of Washington; two sisters, Ethel Sincoff and Frances Lotwin, both of New York City, and seven grandchildren.