Elwood Vickers Street, 87, a Community Chest official for many years and former director of the old D.C. Department of Public Welfare, died Friday at his home in Falls Church following a stroke.
He came to Washington in 1928 to help organize the Community Chest (a forerunner of the United Way) and was its director until 1934. He then was public welfare director for five years.
From 1939 until 1956, Mr. Street was director successively of the Community Chest in Richmond, Houston, and Bridgeport, Conn. He then taught at Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut until retiring in 1961, when he returned here.
Mr. Street was a consultant to the D.C. Health and Welfare Council until the late 1960s. He wrote an account, "People and Events: A History of the United Way," which was published last year. Earlier he had written several books on social work and public welfare administration.
He was born in Cleveland and graduated from Western Reserve University. He worked for the Cleveland Society for Charity and Philanthropy and organized the Community Chest in Louisville, Ky., and St. Louis, Mo., before coming here. While in Louisville, he earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Lousiville, and was elected to Phil Beta Kappa.
Mr. Street was a member of the Cosmos Club and a board member of the Torch Club.
He is survived by three daughters, Dr. Catherine S. Chilman, of Milwaukee, Sibyl S. Vanneman, of Falls Church, and Dr. Sarah S. Van Camp, of Newark, Del.; a son, Thomas E. of Alexandria; two brothers, Francis E. of Carlsbad, Calif., and Theodore, of Odessa, Tex., 10 grandchildrens and six great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the United Way.