Retired Rear Adm. Edward Aberle Ruckner, 81, died Thursday at Anne Arundel Medical Center of heart failure.
Funeral services were being held today in St. Andrew's Chapel at the Naval Academy.
Admiral Ruckner had lived in Annapolis for 20 years since retiring from the Navy.
Born in Jersey City, N.J., he attended Rutgers University before entering the Naval Academy and graduating in 1932. He also earned a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1941 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Admiral Ruckner held numerous command assignments during
his military career, achieving the rank of rear admiral while serving in Washington in 1960.
After an assignment in Long Beach, Calif., as a commander of cruiser-destroyer operations, he returned to Washington to become assistant chief of naval operations for training, then deputy chief of naval materiel for development. He was chief of naval development from 1963 to 1965.
From 1965 to 1967, Admiral Ruckner commanded the cruiser-destroyer force Atlantic Fleet. He ended his career in Washington, serving as deputy chief of naval operations for research and development from 1967 to 1971. During that time, he also was chairman of the NATO Naval Armaments Group.
He was a recipient of the Navy's Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit award. He was a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers.
His wife, Rosa Roszel Ruckner, died in 1989. They had been married almost 54 years.
Survivors include a son, Edward A. Ruckner Jr. of Fairfax Station, Va.; a daughter, Rosa Ruckner Halbert of Baltimore; a sister, Edna M. Ruckner of Westwood, N.J., and two grandchildren.
The family suggested donations be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which has branches at all naval bases.