Carl M. Marcy, retired chief of staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, died Wednesday at the Anne Arundel Medical Center after a stroke.
Dr. Marcy, who was 77 and lived in Annapolis since 1972, retired in 1974 after 19 years as head of the committee staff that he joined in 1950. Earlier, he had served as an assistant legal adviser and legislative counsel in the State Department.
Before moving to Washington in 1942, he taught at Columbia University and the City College of New York.
A native of Falls City, Ore., he was a graduate of Willamette University, which later awarded him an honorary doctorate. He earned a law degree, a master's degree and a doctorate at Columbia. He had been admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.
In 1963, he received the Rockefeller Public Service Award, and that year and the next he traveled abroad with his wife, a policy adviser in the United States Information Agency, on a joint fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs.
After retiring from the committee, he practiced law in Washington, where he was also co-director of the American Committee on East-West Accord and editor of its newsletter, Outlook. He had also written or edited professional books and articles.
During the late 1970s, he served as a member of the General Advisory Commission on Arms Control and Disarmament.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Mildred Keater; a son, Eric Marcy of Washington; three sisters, Helen Marcy of Bend, Ore, Bernice Yost of Portland, Ore., and Carol Vernon of Seaside, Ore., and four grandchildren.
Arrangements for a memorial service are incomplete, but the family suggested memorial contributions could be made to the Anne Arundel Medical Center.