Bruce C. Conger, 74, a former English professor who did supervisory and other work at the Department of Housing and Urban Development for more than two decades, died Nov. 5 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District.

He had cancer, said his wife, Lucinda Conger.

Mr. Conger retired in 1998 from HUD, where he had worked in the budget office since 1974. In the 1960s and ’70s, he taught English literature at Rutgers University and at Albion College in Michigan.

Bruce Caldwell Conger was born in Albert Lea, Minn., and grew up in New York and New Jersey.

He received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia in 1960. After Navy service, he received a master’s degree in English literature from Rutgers University in 1973.

Mr. Conger was a Bethesda resident and a past president of the Westmoreland Citizens Association. He attended Washington National Cathedral, where he was a member of the Cathedral Founders Society and where he served on the volunteer council. He had also done volunteer work at Sibley Memorial Hospital and at the Kreeger Museum in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Lucinda Dickinson Conger of Bethesda.

— Emily Langer