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Russell L. Morgan, HUD environmental officer ; Dec. 17, 1932 -- April 15, 2012

Russell L. Morgan, retired environment officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Buffalo, died unexpectedly April 15 in his home in Wenatchee, Wash. He was 79.

Born in Jamestown, he was a graduate of Jamestown High School and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Michigan State University.

A landscape architect and planner, he began his career with the City of Erie, Pa., and held several government posts in New England, including city planning director for Rutland, Vt., for seven years.

Mr. Morgan returned to Western New York to work for HUD in Buffalo in the early 1970s. A Lancaster resident, he retired about 10 years ago.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Elfriede "Elfie" Roehl; a daughter, Gretchen; and a sister, Marilyn Johnson.

Services in Wenatchee were private.