Abdul Hameed Naz, an economist who became director of economic development at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, died Nov. 26 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was 84.

The cause was a heart attack, said his son, Naveed A. Naz.

From 1966 to 1979, Dr. Naz, a Potomac resident, worked at the park and planning commission, which serves Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. He later spent a few years as head of the economics department at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina before suffering a heart attack. He was an economics professor at Montgomery College in Rockville from 1986 to 1990.

He was born in Jalandhar, India, and grew up in Lahore, Pakistan. He received a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland in 1962 and a doctorate in economics from American University in 1971. He became a U.S. citizen early in his career.

He was a past president of the Montgomery County Retired Employees Association and a founding member of the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Safia Talibi Naz of Potomac; a son, Dr. Naveed A. Naz, an Army major, of Fayetteville, N.C.; four brothers, Abdul Rashid Sleemi of Bethesda, Abdul Majid of Olney, Md., and Mohammad Sarwar and Mohammad Asghar, both of Silver Spring.

— Adam Bernstein