Carl F. Steinmetz, 87, who retired in 1988 as an administrative executive for NASA, died Dec. 14 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda of pneumonia.

A son, Douglas Steinmetz, confirmed the death.

Mr. Steinmetz, a Potomac resident, worked as a printing office manager at General Electric in Vermont from 1958 to 1964. He then briefly relocated to Alabama and worked for GE’s space program research and development division. In 1966, he moved to Washington and took an administrative position at NASA. He became a NASA executive in the early 1970s.

Carl Francis Steinmetz was a native of Trenton, N.J., and a 1952 business administration graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. He received a master’s degree in economics from the University of Vermont in 1962 and a second bachelor’s degree, from the University of Maryland, in 1974.

He served in the Army during World War II and received the Bronze Star Medal for his part in the liberation of the Philippines. He served in the Air Force from 1953 to 1955 and in the Air Force Reserve until the early 1970s.

His memberships included Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac and the American Legion in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jean Repole Steinmetz of Potomac; two sons, Dr. Scott Steinmetz of Attleboro, Mass., and Douglas Steinmetz of Bethel, Conn.; and two granddaughters.

— Megan McDonough