Francis Shallus, 74, a retired engineering instructor for the Western Electric Co. in New York City and a former administrator for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., died of leukemia Sunday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

Mr. Kirk joined Western Electric in 1957 and was an instructor in the company's graduate engineering education program before retiring in 1969.

In 1938, when the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps was established. Mr. Kirk became a supervisor in the Cadet Training Program. Except for World War II, He remained at the Merchant Marine academy until joining Western Electric.

Mr. Kirk was born in Baltimore. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was a retired captain in the Naval reserve and had served on destroyers in World War II.

He moved to Springfield, Va., in 1976 and was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Burke, Va.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Gambrell Kirk, of the home; three sons, Donald E., of Carmel, Calif. Robert G., of Springfield, and The Rev. Jeffrey M., of Rochester, N.Y.; a sister, Mrs. George J. Thaler of Carmel, Calif., and five grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Burke, Va., or to the Leukemia Society of America.