Robert N. McFarlane, 83, a retired Navy captain and former head of the National Security Industrial Association here, died of pneumonia Oct. 14 at a nursing home in San Jose. He lived in Saratoga, Calif.

Capt. McFarlane, who had made his home in Washington for 44 years before moving to California in 1984, was a native of Greenwood, Ark. He was a 1925 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and the National War College.

He served aboard battleships, cruisers and destroyers. During World War II, he served aboard destroyers in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. He commanded the cruiser Los Angeles during the Korean conflict.

His last assignment, before retiring from active duty in 1955, was as head of the foreign intelligence branch of the Office of Naval Intelligence.

His decorations included the Legion of Merit and Navy Commendation Medal.

From 1956 to the mid-1960s, he was head of the National Security Industrial Association, an organization founded in 1944 to provide a formal link between the defense establishment and American industry.

Capt. McFarlane was a recipient of the Defense Department's Distinguished Public Service Medal.

He was a treasurer-emeritus of the Naval Academy Foundation and a member of the Army & Navy Club, the OBITUARIES Ex-Navy Capta

Robert N. McFarlane, 83, a retired Navy captain and former head of the National Security Industrial Association here, died of pneumonia Oct. 14 at a nursing home in San Jose. He lived in Saratoga, Calif.

Capt. McFarlane, who had made his home in Washington for 44 years before moving to California in 1984, was a native of Greenwood, Ark. He was a 1925 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and the National War College.

He served aboard battleships, cruisers and destroyers. During World War II, he served aboard destroyers in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. He commanded the cruiser Los Angeles during the Korean conflict.

His last assignment, before retiring from active duty in 1955, was as head of the foreign intelligence branch of the Office of Naval Intelligence.

His decorations included the Legion of Merit and Navy Commendation Medal.

From 1956 to the mid-1960s, he was head of the National Security Industrial Association, an organization founded in 1944 to provide a formal link between the defense establishment and American industry.

Capt. McFarlane was a recipient of the Defense Department's Distinguished Public Service Medal.

He was a treasurer-emeritus of the Naval Academy Foundation and a member of the Army & Navy Club, the Military Order of the Carabao, and the St. Andrew's Society.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy (Pat) MacDonald of Saratoga; two daughters, Charlsey DeLorenzo of Birmingham, Mich., and Anne Sorden of Saratoga; a sister, Marguerite McFarlane of Los Angeles, and five grandchildren.