Cornelius D. Scully III, a State Department official who retired in 1997 as director of the Office of Legislation, Regulation and Advisory Assistance in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, died Nov. 30 at his home in Washington. He was 77.

He had cancer, said his brother Malcolm Scully.

Mr. Scully began his career at the State Department in 1962 and served early in his career in Nice, France, and in Montreal. He later held various posts in the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

After his 1997 retirement, he was a consultant on immigration law until earlier this year.

Cornelius Decatur Scully III was born in Pittsburgh. He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria in 1953 and from the University of Virginia in 1957. He served in the Navy for three years after college.

In 1972, he received a law degree from George Washington University.

Mr. Scully served on the Community Advisory Committee Board of the Eastern Market on Capitol Hill.

His marriage to JoNeal Hendricks ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Marion F. “Muffie” Houstoun of Washington; two sons from his first marriage, Sean Scully of Calistoga, Calif., and Evan Scully of Richmond; a stepdaughter, Alexandra Houstoun Craige of Fairfax County; two brothers, Richard T. Scully of Washington and Malcolm G. Scully of Falls Church; and four grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes