Other Deaths Of Note

October 12, 2006

WILLIAM WHELAN III, 66 Park service director

William Whelan III, 66, a director of the National Park Service in the Carter administration who oversaw the doubling of the park system's size with the creation of 10 parks in Alaska, died of a heart attack Sept. 28 in Greenbrae, Calif.

In 1979, Mr. Whalen carried out provisions of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act that called for the government to compensate Native Alaskans for land to create the 10 parks. The parks increased the service's holdings to about 88 million acres. In his nearly three years as director, Mr. Whalen also supervised the creation of 34 other parks and recreation areas, including some in urban areas.

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