Eric Stevenson, 86, a lawyer whose career included real estate financing, labor relations, policy and research on international affairs and executive service at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, died Jan. 31 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

He had complications from pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease, a son, Jonathan Stevenson, said.

Mr. Stevenson retired in 2010 as deputy director of HUD’s office of multi-family development, which insures loans on apartment buildings and health-care facilities.

Eric Van Cortlandt Stevenson was born in New York City. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

Mr. Stevenson graduated from Yale University in 1946 and from Yale Law School in 1950. He practiced law in Connecticut before settling in the Washington area in 1961.

During the next three decades, he worked in federal and private-sector jobs on issues involving arms control, racial integration, mortgage financing and urban investments. He joined HUD in 1995 and remained there until retiring.

He was a Bethesda resident.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Judith Herrick Stevenson of Bethesda; five children, Jonathan Stevenson of New York City, Michael Kirkham Stevenson of Algonquin, Ill., Anne Stevenson–Yang of Beijing and New York City, Margaret Stevenson of Cambridge, Mass., and Philip Stevenson of Chestertown, Md.; a brother; and seven grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes