Edward T. Heise, 91, Naval Academy instructor

Edward T. Heise, a retired foreign language instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, died Wednesday of natural causes at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 91.

Mr. Heise was born in Annapolis and was president of his graduating class at Annapolis High School in 1930. He earned a bachelor's degree from St. John's College in 1936 and was doing graduate work when World War II broke out. He served in the Navy during the war and was stationed at the Naval Academy, where he taught in the foreign languages department.


He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant commander and continued to teach while earning master's degrees in French from the Johns Hopkins University and in Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont. He wrote three foreign-language textbooks and helped develop audio laboratory techniques for language study.

He taught in the foreign languages department until 1964, when he was appointed registrar of the U.S. Naval Academy, a position he held until his retirement in 1982.


Mr. Heise was a member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, where he was a member of the vestry.

In 1938, he married Lois R. Shortt of Annapolis, who died in 1979. He married Marion Tyler Colburn in 1980, who died in 1983.

Services were held Friday at St. Anne's Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, the former Helen Fisher; four daughters, Elizabeth C. Honeywell and Harriet T. Nelson, both of Annapolis; Susan C. Howlett of Burke, Va., and Virginia T. Lodge of Nashville, Tenn.; three stepdaughters, Jennie D. Bloom, Jessie D. Dunleavy and Erin Morgan, all of Annapolis; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.