Ralph E. McShane, 83, a retired vice admiral in the Navy and a longtime Washington resident, died May 3 at the Point Pleasant Hospital in Point Pleasant, N.J., following a heart attack. He lived in Brick Town, N.J.

Adm. McShane, who was born in Baltimore, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and earned a degree in naval architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During World War II, he served in Europe.

From 1945 to 1949, he was the comptroller in the Bureau of Ships in the Navy Department. After a tour as commander of the Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, N.H., he returned to the Bureau of Ships as planning officer. He retired in 1954 and was promoted to vice admiral. He lived in Washington until 1967, when he moved to Brick Town.

His military decorations included the Legion of Merit and the French Croix de Guerre.

He was a member of the Army & Navy Club.

His first wife, Ruth Johnson McShane, died about 1959.

Survivors include his wife, Mabel, of Brick Town; four stepchildren, Clinton Doggett, who is with the U.N. in Africa, Joan Williams of Cherry Hill, N.J., Richmond Kelly of San Diego, Calif., and George Kelly of Brick Town; 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.