Philip W. Kelleher, 67, former chief counsel to the House Armed Services Committee and a consultant to the General Dynamics Corp. in Washington, died Tuesday at The Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.
Mr. Kelleher served with the committee from 1952 until 1968, specializing in military construction projects. He later transferred to the procurement subcommittee.
When he left the committee in 1968, he became a consultant for General Dynamics.
Mr. Kelleher joined the civilian legal staff of the Army Corps of Engineers in 1940, after earning a law degree from Georgetown Univeristy's law school.
After enlisting in the Army during World War II, he was assigned to a special detachment of the Corps of Engineers, where he supervised construction work for the then highly-secret Manhattan District atomic bomb project.
Following the war, Mr. Kelleher returned to the Corps of Engineers, where he was a civilian attorney before joining the House Armed Services Committee.
Mr. Kelleher lived in Alexandria. He was born in Worcester, Mass., and attended the College of the Holly Cross there.
A free-lance gag writer for syndicated cartoonists, Mr. Kelleher also wrote poetry and humourous verse.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, of Alexandria; two daughters, Daly Burrell of Gaithersburg, and Martha, of Philadelphia; four sons, Daniel, Philip W. Jr., Christopher and Patrick, all of Alexandria; a sister, Helen E., of Worcester, Mass., and three grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Dominican Retreat in McLean.