Fred Heineken, 73, a chemical engineer who retired from the National Science Foundation in 2009 as a program director, died Nov. 19 at a hospital in Oceanside, Calif., of cardiac arrest.

The death was confirmed by his son, Chris Heineken.

Dr. Heineken, whose speciality was metabolic engineering and microbiology, spent his early career working for the agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto in Missouri and the medical device company Cobe in Colorado. He moved to the Washington area in 1985 to join the National Science Foundation.

Frederick George Heineken was born in Chicago and raised in Wilmette, Ill. He was a 1962 chemical engineering graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and received a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1966.

He was a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, received awards for distinguished service at the National Science Foundation and held leadership posts with the American Chemical Society.

He moved to Carlsbad, Calif., from Potomac in 2009. He was a past member of River Road Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda.

His marriage to Jan Broder ended in divorce. Besides his son, of Carlsbad, survivors include two sisters and three granddaughters.

— Adam Bernstein