Retired Navy Cmdr. Harold LaRue (Bud) Corzett, 77, who served in the Bureau of Naval Personnel here from 1945 to 1952 and later was a civilian employe of Army in Washington before moving to California in 1967, died of acute renal failure Dec. 28 in a hospital in Poway, Calif.

Cmdr. Corzett was born in Steuben County, N.Y. He was a 1925 graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., and earned a master's degree at Columbia University's teachers college in 1931. He was a principal and superintendent in the New York State school system before being commissioned in the Navy in World War II.

He was stationed in this country during the war, then served from 1945 to 1952 as a supervisor of the Navy's reserve officer candidate program with the Bureau of Naval Affairs. He then spent two years in California before retiring from active duty in 1954.

From 1954 to 1965, he lived in Northern Virginia and was a civilian Army Department official, retiring as director of the Army's schools for dependents. He moved to San Diego in 1967.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel McGarvey Corzett, of San Diego; a daughter, Joan C. McCulla, of Alexandria; a sister, Alta Farrado of Painted Post, N.Y., and one grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Rancho Bernardo Community Church in San Diego, of which Cmdr. Corzett was a member.