Richard J. Indelicato, 78, who worked in personnel management for the federal government from the 1960s until his retirement in the 1990s, died Feb. 19 at his home in Alexandria.

He had cancer, said his wife, Shirley Indelicato.

Mr. Indelicato began his career at the Civil Service Commission and later moved to a successor agency, the Office of Personnel Management. His assignments included chief of OPM’s training systems division.

After his retirement, he did consulting work that included projects in Kuwait, Poland and on American Indian reservations. He led seminars for government employees and taught courses in personnel management at George Washington University.

Richard Joseph Indelicato was born in Chelsea, Mass. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University in 1956. After college, he served in the Air Force. He received a master’s degree in personnel management in 1963 and a master’s degree in education in 1970, both from GWU.

Mr. Indelicato had lived for about five decades in Alexandria, where he coached youth baseball and belonged to St. Rita Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Shirley Temple Indelicato of Alexandria; five children, Donna Wolfe and Karen Goia, both of Alexandria, Paul Indelicato of Spotsylvania, Va., John Indelicato of Marblehead, Mass., and Michael Indelicato of Springfield; three sisters; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His daughter Mary Indelicato died in 1999, and his son Thomas Indelicato died in 2010.

— Emily Langer