William Edmund Lind, 84, an archivist for 45 years at the National Archives and Records Service, died Nov. 26 at Mary
Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. He had complications of heart disease and diabetes.
Mr. Lind, a third-generation Washingtonian, grew up on the grounds of St. Elizabeths Hospital, where his father, John E. Lind,
was a prominent psychiatrist. In a highly publicized case, Dr. Lind was shot and killed in 1944 on G Street in front of what was
then Woodward and Lothrop's Department Store in what was described as a love triangle.
Mr. Lind, a graduate of Anacostia High School, served in Europe and in the Pacific during World War II. He graduated from
George Washington University in 1951 and received a master's degree in history from American University in 1965.
He began at the National Archives in 1952 and specialized in military records until his retirement in 1998. Throughout his career,
he battled severe clinical depression.
Mr. Lind enjoyed history books, chess and crossword puzzles from The Washington Post and New York Times. An Arlington
resident since 1955, he moved to Fredericksburg in recent years.
His wife, Carol Henry Lind, whom he married in 1947, died in 1995.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan Lind Flint of Fredericksburg and Barbara Lind Borkowski of Alexandria.