Isaac Campbell Kidd Jr., 79, a Navy admiral who retired in 1978 as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and as NATO's supreme allied commander in the Atlantic, died June 27 at his home in Alexandria. He had been battling cancer for five years.
Adm. Kidd's Navy career spanned 40 years, including combat operations in the Pacific, Atlantic and the Mediterranean during World War II and service in the office of the chief of Naval Operations during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the loss of the U.S. submarine Thresher, the Tonkin Gulf incident and the Dominican Republic crisis.
As chief of Naval Materiel from 1971 to 1975, he was the Navy's top procurement, labor relations and logistics officer, directing a civilian and military work force of 350,000 men and women.
From 1975 until his retirement, Adm. Kidd served concurrently as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Atlantic command, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, commander-in-chief of the Western Atlantic Area and NATO's supreme allied commander.
His career included 23 years of sea duty, 15 of which were in command of destroyers, destroyer divisions and squadrons, a flotilla and three U.S. fleets in the Atlantic, Pacific and the Mediterranean.
His military decorations included the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, four Navy Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars and a Bronze Star Medal with combat V.
Adm. Kidd was born in Cleveland into a Navy family. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1938 after having attended St. Albans School and Columbian Preparatory School in Washington and Ohio State University.
His father, Navy Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd, was killed aboard his flagship, the battleship Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
With the U.S. entry into World War II, the Naval Academy class of 1942 graduated five months early, and the younger Isaac Kidd began his career as a Naval officer shortly after his father died.
He participated in North Atlantic convoy duty during the war and in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and Italy as a destroyer gunnery officer. Later in the war, he participated in combat operations in the Pacific.
After the war, he was an aide to the superintendent of the Naval Academy and attended the National War College.
On retiring from the Navy, Adm. Kidd served on various committees for Congress, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the General Accounting Office. These included the Defense Science Board and the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy.
He lived in Atlanta but returned to the Washington area 14 years ago.
He was a member of the Military Order of the Carabao, the Annapolis Yacht Club and Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife, Angelique de Golian Kidd of Alexandria; six children, Isaac Campbell III of Annapolis, Kevin Gilmore of Portland, Ore., Marie Angelique de Golian Smith of Bexley, Ohio, Christopher Alexander of Alexandria, Regina Inez Wolbarsht of McLean and Mary Corrinne Littlepage Plumer of Atlanta; 17 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.