On April 1, Robert C. Wood, the second Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, passed away. He was 81.
After his tenure at HUD, Wood pursued a career in academics, becoming the director of the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies, the president of the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and a professor at Wesleyan University.
A summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Wood received a master's degree in public administration and a doctorate in government and political economy from Harvard.
Remembered as a fun, caring Secretary with a fierce and passionate devotion improving urban America, Wood will be sincerely missed.