Charles R. Brader, 77, an economist who retired as a division director with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, died March 31 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. He had melanoma.

Mr. Brader joined the USDA in the late 1950s and was a division director in the Agricultural Marketing Service from 1979 until his retirement in 1994.

He was a senior federal executive, and his honors included a Presidential Rank Award. 

Charles Ralph Brader was born in Allentown, Pa., and raised on a farm in Schnecksville, Pa.

He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Penn State in 1951 and 1958, respectively. He served in the Army from 1955 to 1956.

He was a Silver Spring resident and an elder at Colesville Presbyterian Church, where he also chaired the administration and grounds committee. 

His other memberships included the Colesville Lions Club. He did volunteer work at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Brigid Marrinan “Bridie” Brader of Silver Spring, two sons, retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. James C. Brader of Highland, Md., and John E. Brader of Mount Airy, Md.; and five grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein