Retired Army Maj. Gen. Faye B. Prickett, 89, a veteran of both World Wars who retired from active duty in 1953 as deputy inspector general of the Army, died of respiratory failure Dec. 18 at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

He lived in Alexandria.

Gen. Prickett was a native of Kansas and was a 1916 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served with the cavalry during the Mexican border campaign, and with the field artillery in France during World War I. After the war, he held a variety of posts in the continental United States and Hawaii, including a tour on the War Department General Staff.

During World War II, he served in Europe, first as artillery commander of the 4th Infantry Division, and later commanding general of the 75th Infantry Division. After the war, he commanded armored and constabulary units in Europe and was presiding officer at one of the war crimes tribunals.

His decorations included two Legions of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

He had made his home in this area for the past 33 years. During the 1950s, he taught military history in the University of Maryland's extension system.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Alexandria. Gen. Prickett was a member of the Army & Navy Club in Washington, and the Army Navy Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret, of Alexandria; three daughters, Margaret Miller of Annandale, Polly Roberts of Pinehurst, N.C., and Virginia Cage of Norfolk; two sisters, Margaret Huntley of Powell, Wyo., and Hazel Reeves of Tulsa, Okla.; 17 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.