Bernard Horn, 89, who retired in 1979 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as acting director of the economic analysis division, died April 4 at the Riderwood Village retirement community in Silver Spring. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Horn, a longtime Silver Spring resident, spent 31 years at HUD and its predecessor, the Housing and Home Finance Agency.

In retirement, he consulted for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Bernard Horn was a Cleveland native and a 1942 graduate of Ohio University, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Born to Russian-Jewish immigrants, he spoke Yiddish and served as a German interpreter in the Army in Europe during World War II while working in military intelligence.

On the GI Bill, he received a master’s degree in economics from Columbia University. At Columbia, he completed work — all but the dissertation — toward a doctorate in economics.

His memberships included Temple Shalom, a Reform synagogue in Silver Spring.

His wife, the former Miriam “Mitzi” Goldstein, whom he married in 1946, died in 2006.

Survivors include two daughters, Leslie Braunstein of North Potomac and Natalie Holland of Falls Village, Conn.; and four grandsons.

— Adam Bernstein