Gordon F. Harrison, 71, a retired counsel and staff director of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee who was also a retired captain in the Navy Reserves, died Nov. 5 at Arlington Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in McLean.

He was counsel and staff director of Rules and Administration from 1955 to 1972. After that, he practiced law and was counsel to the Arlington firm of Fensterwald & Associates at the time of his death.

Mr. Harrison was an honors graduate of Providence College in his native Rhode Island. He moved to this area in 1935. He was a graduate of the Georgetown University law school and earned a master's degree in international law at George Washington University. He was a trial lawyer with the Justice Department from 1941 to 1954.

During World War II, he served on active duty with the Navy in the Pacific. His years in the Reserves included command of the Naval Reserve law unit in Washington and tours teaching law at Naval Reserve officers schools. He retired from the Navy in 1974.

Mr. Harrison was a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the American Society of International Law, and the Federal and American Bar associations. He also was a member of the Chesterbrook Woods Civic Association.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, of McLean; a son, Peter Gordon Harrison of Singapore; a daughter, Naomi Opdycke of Rocky River, Ohio, and five grandchildren.