Robert E. Bernier, who from 1989 to 2002 was the Washington-based U.S. representative for Alcatel Espace, a French aerospace and telecom company, died Feb. 17 at his home in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. He was 77.

The cause of death was cancer, his son Clifford Bernier said.

Mr. Bernier, an aerospace engineer, spent his early career working for companies before joining NASA. He became the space agency’s European representative from 1969 to 1972. He later worked for the Communications Satellite Corp., known as Comsat, and he became an acting vice president and the company’s representative to Saudi Arabia.

Robert Emile Bernier was born in Berlin, N.H., and grew up in Hammonton, N.J. He was a 1957 aeronautical engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

He was a past president of the Tauxemont Community Association in Fairfax County.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Rosemary Rubba Bernier of Fairfax County; three children, Clifford Bernier and Jill Bernier, both of the Alexandria part of Fairfax County, and David Bernier of Gunnison, Colo.; a brother; and six grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein