Eugene C. Brownson, 95, an education specialist who retired from the State Department in 1973 after working for the federal government for three decades, died April 16 at the Chevy Chase House assisted living facility in the District.

He had complications from a muscular ailment, said his wife, Helen Brownson.

Mr. Brownson worked at the State Department for about a decade as an administrator overseeing American schools in South America. He had previously worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he specialized in education issues, and at the Navy Department, where he handled personnel matters and oversight of naval hospitals.

Eugene Chester Brownson was born in Kansas City, Kan., and grew up in Missouri.

He received a bachelor’s degree in 1938 and a master’s degree in 1939, both from Washington University in St. Louis and both in political science.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Helen Myers Brownson of the District.

— Emily Langer