Retired Navy Capt. Luther Bradford Stuart, 80, who was chief of staff for personnel of the Navy's Military Sea Transportation Service in Washington at the time of his retirement in 1953 died Thursday at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton, Va., after a heart attack.

Since retirement, he had lived in Amissville, Va. He had been a real estate broker since 1958.

Capt. Stuart was born in Boston. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1922. He had served aboard battleships and destroyers and shortly after the outbreak of World War II became captain of the Arctic, a refrigerator provisions ship. Later in the war, he was assistant chief of staff to the commander of the Service Force, Pacific Fleet. He received the Bronze Star meda.

After the war, Capt. Stuart commanded the naval transport Jackson, then was deputy chief of the old Naval Transportation Service until the Military Sea Transportation Service was activated in 1949.

He was a member of the Retired Officers Association and the Rappahannock County Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, May Belle, of Amissville.

The family suggests that expression of sympathy be in the form of contribution to the Rappahannock Lions Club Eye Conservation Fund in Sperryville, Va.