Herbert Charles Lamb, 46, a research and development manager for shore facilities and materials for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, died Thursday at his home in Springfield, Va., following a heart attack.

Mr. Lamb went to work for the Navy Department 19 years ago. He previously had served for three years in the Army and had been assigned to the Corps of Engineers. He was discharged in 1955.

He was born in Springfield, Va. In 1952, he earned an associate degree in applied science from the State University of New York and, in 1959, earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire. He earned a master's degree in structural engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1961.

He was a member of the Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Military Engineers. He attended the Congregational Christian Church in Annandale.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Palmer, and three children, Kathryn Ruth, Paul Daivd, and Ellen Marie, all of the home; his father, Charles Lamb, of New Hampshire, and a sister, Ruth Malcolm of Pepperell. Mass.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Heart Association Fund Memorial or the Congregational Christian Church in Annandale.