Wellington Brink, 83, a retired writer and editor who had worked for the Soil Conservation Service here for 20 years, died Thursdat at the Easton Memorial Hospital, Easton, Md., after a stroke. He had resided in Easton for the last 16 years.

Mr. Brink first came to Washington in 1930 as assistant national director of information for the American Red Cross. He Joined the SCS five years later and was the founding editor of the monthly Soil Conservation magazine.

In 1951, he published a book, "Big Hugh, Father of Soil Conservation," which was a biography of Hugh Bennett, founder and chief of the SCS.

After leaving SCS, Mr. Brink went to Thailand in 1956 as information attache with the U.S. Operations Mission of the State Department. He remained there three years and then became a special writer for the board chairman of the Southland Life Insurance Co. in Dallas, Tex., until retiring in 1962.

Mr. Brink was born in Kalamazoo, Mich.He grew up in Manhatan, Kan., and was a graduate of Kansas State University. After working as a newspaper reporter, he entered agricultural journalism. He was editor of the Farm and Ranch magazine and Holland's Magazine. He also wrote for other trade journals.

He was a member of Sigma Delta Chi, a professional journalism society, and was a former president of the Federal Editors Association.

Mr. Brink had served two terms as ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church of Easton.

He is survived by his wife, Seleta Sanders Brink, of the home; a daughter, Barbara Whitehurst, of Vienna; two sons, William S., of Easton, and Clark M., of Garden City, N.Y., and eight gradchildren.

The family syggests that experssions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the building fund of the Presbyterian Church of Easton.