Edward T. Joyce, 60, former acting chief of the Justice Department's organized crime and racketeering section, died Wednesday at his home in Arlington after a heart attack.

He retired from the Justice Department in February 1976.

Mr. Joyce joined the department's criminal division in the late 1950s after working as an attorney at the Pentagon, where he was president of the Pentagon chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

He helped draft the legislation that was directed against organized crime as part of then attorney general Robert F. Kennedy's legislative program in 1961.

Later in the 1960s, Mr. Joyce spear-headed the investigation and prosecution of a number of officials and lawyers involved in zoning bribery cases in Fairfax County.

He also was in charge of prosecutions of corruption and illegal gambling cases in Newport and Covington, Ky., and Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Joyce had testified as an authority on combating organized illegal gambling before the National Commission on Gambling and the Virginia and Texas legislatures.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended Columbia University. He entered the Navy as an aviator in World War II and served aboard the aircraft carriers Yorktown and Monterey, participating in the Truk and Philippine Sea battles in the Pacific.

His decorations included three Air Medals and a Navy Gold Star.

After the war, Mr. Joyce earned a law degree from St. John's University in New York. He was recalled to active duty in the Korean conflict and served aboard the aircraft carrier Antietam, where he led a night fighter group.

Mr. Joyce retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of commander in 1967.

He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine, of Arlington; four daughters, Patricia Ann Webster of Roanoke, Va., Kathleen, of New York City, and Margaret Mary and Eileen Purdy, both of Alexandria; a son, Edward T. Jr., of Arlington; three brothers, Robert, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., Richard N., of Babylon, N.Y., and Donald, of Brooklyn, and four grandchildren.