William J. Whalen III

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William J. Whalen
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 28, 2006(2006-09-28) (aged 66)
OccupationCareer National Park employee

William Jerome Whalen III (July 18, 1940 – September 28, 2006) was the 10th

Cecil D. Andrus
returned him to Golden Gate. He left the NPS in 1983.

A native of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, Whalen joined the National Park Service as a job corps counselor in 1965 and became well known in Washington, D.C., as manager of the Summer in the Parks Programs. He was deputy superintendent at Yosemite National Park and then managed all NPS areas in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. As Director of the NPS he saw the national parks double in area. Management of an expanded system including vast new parks in Alaska challenged his best talents. Whalen later returned to the Bay Area and served as general superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. He died of a heart attack in 2006.[1][2][3] The GGNRA park headquarters, Fort Mason building 201, is named the William J. Whalen Building in his honor.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "William J. Whalen III, 66; Former Director of National Park Service". Los Angeles Times. October 6, 2006.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2003-10-14. Retrieved 2008-09-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ 65th Anniversary, National Park Service, August 25, 1981
  4. ^ "Fort Mason History Walk" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
Government offices
Preceded by Director of the National Park Service
Succeeded by