A. Kolbet Schrichte, former executive secretary of the National Restaurant Association and the chief executive of the American Logistics Association, died June 11 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington. He was 81.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said his wife, Lynn Schrichte.

In 1977 Mr. Schrichte came to Washington as executive secretary with the National Restaurant Association, a position he held until he became chief executive of the American Logistics Association in the mid-1980s. He retired from that position around 1990.

Mr. Schrichte later joined his wife, Lynn, on the road as producer, promoter, driver and crew in her national tours of two one-woman shows depicting American women trailblazers — the actress Minnie Maddern Fiske and reporter Nellie Bly. They toured until 2000.

Albert Kolbet Schrichte, who was known as “Kolby,” was born in Redwood Falls, Minn., and grew up in Indianapolis and Rushville, Ind. He graduated in 1953 from Virginia Military Institute and served in the Air Force in the Ryukyu Islands and in Germany.

Before relocating to Washington, Mr. Schrichte and his wife ran two restaurants in Crested Butte, Colo. He was education director of the Indiana Restaurant Association and chief executive of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.

His avocations included skiing and sailing.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Lynn Catterton Schrichte of Washington; four children, Christopher Schrichte of Missoula, Mont., Fritz Schrichte of Soda Springs, Calif., Madeleine Cantoni of Akron, Ohio, and Katharine Yasin of Washington; and nine grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes