Edwin Warren Herron, 77, a retired Navy rear admiral who was executive vice president of the Northern Virginia Board of Realtors from 1960 to 1973, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 25 at his home in Alexandria. He had lived in the Washington area since 1947.

Adm. Herron was a native of Oklahoma. He was a 1927 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and earned a master's degree in personnel administration at Stanford Univerity.

He was stationed aboard destroyers, carriers and battleships before World War II. During the war, he commanded destroyers in the Pacific, was executive officer of a cruiser and chief of staff of a cruiser division.

He was personnel officer of the Pacific Fleet during the Korean conflict and commander of a destroyer squadron at Norfolk from 1953 to 1955. He was stationed at the Bureau of Personnel in the Navy Department when he retired in 1957.

His decorations included two Bronze Star Medals.

Before joining the Board of Realtors, Adm. Herron worked for Melpar Inc., where he was the wage and salary administrator.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Marie Standley, of Alexandria; five daughters, Helen Hendrickson of Highland Park, N.J., Louise Salmon of Alexandria, Susan Sibbet of San Franciso, Elizabeth Payne of Windsor, Nova Scotia, and Virginia Herron of New York City; a brother, Webb, of Tahlequah, Okla.; a sister, Maude Salyer of Norman, Okla., and 13 grandchildren.