Herbert C. Ruckmick, 83, a retired civilian employe of the Naval Photographic Center who was active in church and historical organizations, died Friday at Hadley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Ruckmick came to this area during World War II. He was a film director, photographer and scriptwriter with the Naval Photographic Center until retiring in 1966.

He had been a member of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington since 1947 and had served as an elder, a member of the board of sessions, and a member of its fine arts commission. He was editor of the church's monthly magazine.

Mr. Ruckmick had been a member of the Lincoln Commission, a historical organization with headquarters at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. In 1978, he produced a film, "A. Lincoln -- A Story of His Joys and Sorrows," which has been shown to church groups and Lincoln organizations around the country.

Mr. Rickmick was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a resident of Forest Heights. He was a graduate of Pratt Institute and did graduate work at the University of Illinois and Columbia University.

He taught high school classes in Illinois, industrial arts courses at Western Washington College in Bellingham, Wash., and served on active duty in the Navy in both world wars.

Survivors include his wife, the former Julia Hindle of Forest Heights.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Lincoln Commission (Tower Lighting Project) at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington.