Price Lewis Jr., 79, a retired Navy captain who was manager of polar operations for the National Science Foundation, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 10 at his home in Thurmont, Md.

Capt. Lewis served in the Navy for 24 years and was assigned to the North Atlantic and Pacific during World War II. He left the Navy after the war and worked as a schooner master, sailing it for the Congregational Church to the South Pacific. He rejoined the Navy in 1950 and returned to the Pacific during the Korean War.

He taught at Columbia University and then commanded an icebreaker in the Arctic and Antarctic. He was assistant for cold weather and hydrographic operations with the Fleet Operations Division and had administrative posts before retiring in 1966.

After that, he helped transfer the U.S. Antartic program from the Defense Department to the science foundation.

Capt. Lewis was born in Montana and raised in New York. He graduated from Dartmouth College and received a master's degree in management from Columbia University. He had lived in the Washington region off and on since 1958.

His honors included a Silver Star, for action seen in Wonsan Habor during the Korean War, and presidential achievement awards. A bay in Antarctica was named in his honor.

His interests included restoring old houses, botany and tree farming.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Dorothy Anne Brennan Lewis of Thurmont; six children, Price Lewis III of Houston, Christopher James Lewis of Salisbury, Md., Brendan Connors Lewis and Deidre Anne Boswell, both of Mount Airy, Ian Llewelyn Lewis of Thurmont and Floyd Brennan Lewis of Van Alstyne, Tex.; a brother; and five grandsons. A son, Thomas Reynolds Lewis, died in 1997.