Stuart M. Parcher, 82, a retired Navy captain who became a manager with Lockheed Missiles and Space, died Jan. 30 at a hospital in Lafayette, Colo. He was a Rockville resident and was visiting family in Colorado at the time of his death.

The cause was cardiopulmonary arrest. A son, retired Navy Cmdr. Donald S. Parcher, confirmed the death.

Capt. Parcher served in the Navy from 1953 to 1982 and developed an expertise in communications, cryptography and intelligence work. He worked in London as director of a Naval security group from 1978 to 1981 and spent his final year on active duty as deputy director of plans at the National Security Agency.

From 1982 to 1995, he worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space as an operations research analyst and deputy manager of the Washington office. During that period, he organized an informal group of retired Navy security group officers that met for lunch and other occasions.

Stuart Michael Parcher was a native of Glendale, Calif., where his father was mayor and a newspaper publisher. The younger Parcher was a 1952 journalism graduate of the University of Southern California.

His military decorations included two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.

Capt. Parcher settled in the Washington area in 1976 and was a past board member of the Potomac River Jazz Club.

Besides his son Donald, of Lafayette, survivors include his wife of 61 years, June Abbey Parcher of Rockville; another son, Kenneth M. Parcher of Hanover; a sister, Margaret “Peg” Faulkner of Silver Spring; and four grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein