Retired Army Col. Hugh Everett Jr., 77, a logistics officer who was chief of staff of the Military District of Washington from 1955 to 1958; died of cancer Sunday in his home in Berryville, Va.

Col. Everett began his military career with the D.C. National Guard in 1936. He received his commission in the regular Army four years later. During World War II, he served as a staff officer with Gen. Mark Clark's 5th Army in Italy.

After the war he served as a logistics officer at U.S. and NATO resupply depots in Europe. A 1940 graduate of the Command and General Staff College, he graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1949 before assuming command of Cameron Station in Alexandria.

He then was assigned to the staff of the Military District of Washington and served as its logistics chief before becoming chief of staff in March 1955.

Col. Everett was a native of Washington and a 1927 graduate of George Washington University where he earned a degree in civil engineering. He earned a law degree at American University's law school and graduate law degrees at George Washington University.

Survivors including his wife, Sarah, of Berryville, and a son, Hugh Everett III, of Mclean.