Walter “Nick” Farr

Walter G. “Nick” Farr Jr., 89, a lawyer who served from 1992 to 2002 as executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing in Columbia, Md., a nonprofit group formerly known as the National Center for Lead-Safe Housing, died May 27 at a hospital in Silver Spring. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Steve Farr.

Mr. Farr, a resident of Kensington, Md., was born in Wenonah, N.J. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was an administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, director of the Model Cities Administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and general counsel of the Economic Development Administration. He later was an executive vice president of Wells Fargo Mortgage and vice president at the Enterprise Foundation, a housing and community development nonprofit organization in Columbia. From 1969 to 1977, he was a New York University law professor.

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