Eugene P. Angrist

Navy Lawyer

Eugene P. Angrist, 67, former deputy general counsel of the Navy, died of complications from cancer Aug. 25 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. He was an Arlington resident.

Mr. Angrist was appointed the Navy's senior career civilian attorney in 1994. He was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Defense Department's highest honor for career service, for his efforts to resolve disputes involving the Navy's A-12 "Avenger" combat aircraft contract through the alternative dispute resolution process. He also received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive.

Upon his retirement in 2000, the Navy instituted an award in his name recognizing people whose contributions to the Navy or the American public reflect "qualities of public service and professional excellence."

Mr. Angrist was born in New York. He graduated from Amherst College and received his law degree from Yale Law School. After private practice in New Jersey, he moved to the Washington area in 1966 and became a contracting officer at the General Services Administration and eight years later a civilian lawyer with the Navy's Office of the General Counsel.

Mr. Angrist became an expert in the legal complexities of naval shipbuilding and was eventually appointed counsel for the Naval Sea Systems Command. He was instrumental in managing the legal aspects of Pentagon and congressional efforts that enabled the Carter administration to resolve $2 billion worth of shipbuilding disputes and litigation.

Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, under whose command were the vessels involved in the most contentious claims, told Mr. Angrist in a note: "It has surprised me to find so much common sense in a lawyer."

Most recently, Mr. Angrist volunteered as a teacher in Arlington's English as a second language program.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Elsa Freiman Angrist of Arlington; and a sister.