Beryel J. Pace, 73, a retired major general in the Army Reserves, a public safety officer with the State Department and an inspector on the Detroit police department, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 30 at Mount Vernon Hospital.

Gen. Pace, who had lived in Alexandria since 1974, was born in Muskegon, Mich. He served in the Army from 1927 to 1936. He joined the Detroit police in 1937 and retired there in 1962 as an inspector.

During World War II, he was called to active duty in the Army. He served in Iceland and Europe, winning the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars. After the war, he graduated from the Command and General Staff College and commanded the 70th Division as a Reserve officer. He retired from the military in 1969.

In 1963, he joined the State Department and spent the next 11 years as a public safety officer in East Africa and Vietnam. He retired from the government in 1974.

Gen. Pace was commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 346, a companion of the Military Order of the World Wars, and a member of the Retired Officers Association and St. James' Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Alexandria; two sons, Lawrence J., of Basking Ridge, N.J., and Robert, of Margate, Fla.; three daughters, Lillian Hamilton, of Detroit, Catherine Seward and Mary Patricia Pace, both of Alexandria; a brother, Robert, of Grand Haven, Mich., and 10 grandchildren.