PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Alfred L. Luongo, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, has died at age 65.

Luongo, who died at home Saturday, was appointed to the bench by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and was installed as chief judge in 1982.

Luongo, a native of Philadelphia, earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and graduated from Penn's law school in 1947.

He served as a law clerk in U.S. District Court from 1949 to 1952 and as an assistant U.S. attorney in 1952 and 1953, when he went into private practice.

Luongo was elected to City Council in 1961, but resigned in favor of the bench.

Besides his wife, Dorothy, survivors include his father, a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

A funeral was scheduled for Wednesday.