Joseph Edward Gill, 76, a retired Air Force major general and a former civil engineer with the Air Force Logistics Command in Washington, died Jan. 31 at Fairfax Hospital. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Gen. Gill, who lived in Falls Church, was born in West Newton, Mass. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1932. He earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Michgan.

During World War II, he served in Europe with engineering units assigned to reconstruct captured ports. He transferred to the Air Force when it was organized in 1947. He became the Air Forces's deputy director of installation for the United States in 1949.

He served as the chief of air field construction with the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe before he was transferred to Washington in 1953 to become the director of facilities support. He had an assignment in Colorado before returning to Washington in 1961 and joining the Logistics Command.

Gen. Gill was the senior member of the U.N. Command Military Armistice Commission in Korea before he retired from active duty in 1963. For the next 12 years, he worked for the American University at Beirut, where he directed the construction of a medical center. He retired for the second time in 1975 and moved back to the Washington area.

His military decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the French Croix de Guerre.

Survivors include his wife, Edith M., and a daughter, Jessica Gill, both of Falls Church; two brothers, John, of West Newton, and the Rev. Jerome Gill of Chelsea, Mass., and three sisters, Sister Rosenda Gill of Weston, Mass., Sister Mercedes Gill of Massachusetts, and Marcia Goodrich of Montpelier, Vt.