Whitney C. Jansen, 89, a social work manager who retired in 1972 from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 10 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Jansen began with HEW, now the Department of Health and Human Services, as a social worker. He transferred from the Chicago office to Washington in 1962. He went on to work in the family services and children's bureaus and in the Public Health Service. He retired as chief of the HEW office of implementation and field liaison.

Mr. Jansen was a native of Kankakee, Ill. He was a graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and received a master's degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago in 1937.

During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard an escort carrier in the Pacific. He was stationed in Korea at the end of WWII.

He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bethesda and a volunteer with Bethesda-Chevy Chase Meals On Wheels.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Nan Jansen of Bethesda; two daughters, Mary Nan McNamara of Doylestown, Pa., and New York City, and Sally Kuder of Narberth, Pa.; and two grandchildren.