Retired Navy Rear Adm. Charles Becker, 59, supply officer and combat veteran of World War II, died Friday at Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis after a heart attack.
From 1970 to 1972, he was director of the material division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He then spent three years as vice-commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command in Washington.
Since retiring from active duty in 1975, he has worked as a project director for the Navy Federal Credit Union in Annapolis. He was a resident of Annapolis.
Adm. Becker was a native of Texas and a 1944 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He served aboard destroyers in the Pacific during World War II, participating in battles at Saipan, Wake Island, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa.
After the war, he served as gunery, navigation and executive officier of a destroyer in the Atlantic, then held a variety of assignments at sea and on land as a supply officer.
In the mid-1950s he worked in the foreign military assistance branch in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and in the mid-1960s was supply officer at the Naval Academy.
Adm. Becker earned a master's degree in business administration at Harvard University in 1953. He also was a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Navy Supply Corps School.
His decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie L., and a daughter, Melissa, both of Annapolis; two sons, Bryan S. and Robert M., both of Houston; a sister, Ellen Dodson of Texarkana, Ark.; four brothers, Dr. Walter F., of New Orleans, and Bryan, George, and retired Army Maj. Gen. W. a. Becker, all of Texas, and one grandchild.