Wendell Lund, director of New Deal agencies in Washington, D.C., died Dec. 25, 2004, at a nursing-care facility in Williamsburg, Va. He was 98.
Wendell received a Ph.D. in English from Princeton and five years later earned a law degree from Georgetown's law school. His training ‚€” and his early work on the iron ore docks of the Chicago and Northwestern railroads in Escanaba, Mich. ‚€” suited him for work in the Roosevelt administration in the 1930s. As executive secretary of the Upper Monongahela Valley Committee, Wendell helped create jobs for the unemployed during the Great Depression. Later, as a member of the Resettlement Administration, he helped implement planned communities for homesteaders.
Wendell made an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the House of Representatives from the upper peninsula of Michigan in 1940. Thereafter, he opened law offices in Detroit and Washington, D.C., retiring from practice in 1995.
Predeceased by his first wife, Anne, in 1979, Wendell leaves behind Marian, his wife of 23 years; as well as three daughters; two stepdaughters; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.