Joseph Hadary

Commerce Department Administrator

Joseph Hadary, 88, who retired from the Commerce Department in 1978 as an administrator with the Economic Development Administration, died of complications from a heart attack July 8 at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Hadary joined Commerce in 1960. His specialty was developing economic programs for depressed areas of the United States.

He was born in Chicago and raised in the British mandate of Palestine, where he attended high school. He returned to the United States and graduated from a forerunner of the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1942, he received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Army in Europe. He was near the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge and toward the end of the war served on a commission to review the claims of political prisoners in Germany.

He then moved to Evanston, Ill., where he launched a company that made interior shutters. He held several patents for the design and manufacture of shutters. He served on a Commerce Department commission to Puerto Rico before accepting his position with the agency.

After retiring, Mr. Hadary designed and invented several portable dental devices and tools. He had a company called Dentique Inc.

His wife of 60 years, Norma T. Hadary, died in 2001. A son, Daniel Hadary, died in 1978.

Survivors include two sons, David Hadary of Arlington and Jonathan Hadary of New York; two brothers, Gideon Hadary of Annapolis and Sarasota, Fla., and Amnon Hadary of Jerusalem; and two grandchildren.