ROBERT C. WOOD
A Cabinet Secretary under LBJ, he later made important decisions for
Inscribed Signature: "To/Major Espy/with best wishes/Robert C.
Wood/formerly/Secretary, HUD", 3½x2. Robert Coldwell Wood
(1923-2005), a World War II veteran, worked at the the U.S. Bureau of the
Budget after the war, then taught political science at Harvard and MIT.
Active in JFK's 1960 Presidential campaign, Wood headed President Johnson's
Task Force on Urban Problems (1964), which recommended creation of a Cabinet
Department of Housing and Urban Affairs. When HUD was created the next year,
Wood became its first Under Secretary and then its Secretary (1969).
Leaving Washington after the Democrats lost the White House, Wood returned to
MIT, but also held important public posts in Boston. He headed the MBTA -
Boston's public transit system - in 1969-1970, and then became President of
the University of Massachusetts. As President of U Mass, he played a key role
in bringing the JFK library to the University's Columbia Point campus.
From 1978-1980, he was Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, while
that system was still reeling from the court-ordered school busing,
desegregation controversy. While doing all this, he continued his college
teaching. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso (no show through). Fine
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