681. DEAN JOHNSON11 ALMY, JR. (Dean Johnson10, Charles Edward.9, Edward8, Charles7, Otis6, Job5, Samuel4, William3, Christopher2, William1),b. Orange, NJ, 18 Dec 1926; d. Scottsdale, AZ, 13 Jun 2001.
He m. Boston, MA, 19 Feb 1958, BARBARA A. INGHAM, b. Cambridge, MA, 23 May 1934; dau of Charles Ernest and Dorothy Catherine (McCollom) Ingham.
|i||ALEXANDRA INGHAM12, b. Medan, Sumatra, 29 Mar 1957; m.(1) Phippsburg, ME, 20 Jun 1981, JAMES ROBERT KOHLHOFF. She m.(2) JACK HERGER. Children: 1. Lauren Almy Kohlhoff, b. 26 Sep 1983. 2. Lindsay Almy Kohlhoff, b. Houston, TX, 26 Feb 1985.|
|811||ii||DEAN JOHNSON, III, b. Alexandria, VA, 2 Nov 1959; m. Tucson, AZ, 3 Jan 1981, KATYA NATAROS.|
Dean Johnson Almy, Jr. had a distinguished 33-year with the Central Intelligence Agency before retiring in 1984. He died at his home in Scottsdale, AZ, He suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Dean Almy's adventures with the CIA began in the early 1950s, when he ran agents by boat into North Korea. The following years took him to Sumatra and the Philippines before he arrived in Vietnam in 1967 to help run clandestine operations. In 1969, he found himself in the middle of a controversy over the killing of a Vietnamese double agent. Eight Green Berets were arrested and charged with killing the agent and later said the CIA had given them tacit approval for the act. According to the 1992 book, A Murder in Wartime, Dean Almy actually had counseled against the killing and recommended the agent be turned over to South Vietnamese police. The Green Berets "were trying to drag the CIA in for their defense, and I don't blame them, because I'm not making any moral judgment about what they did during wartime," Dean said in a 1992 interview. The Nixon administration eventually dropped the charges.
In the 1980s, when he was the New York station chief, Dean was the boss of Aldrich H. Ames, the CIA official convicted of spying for the Soviets. Ames, Dean told an interviewer, didn't stand out at the time. "He was bright and likeable, but he never accomplished anything." Dean Almy was twice awarded the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit.
Dean Almy was raised in Bethesda, Maryland, and attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He left school at 16 to join the Marines during World War II. He served in the South Pacific. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from George Washington University in the late 1940s. He also attended Norwich, Yale and Cornell universities. He worked for newspapers briefly in Fredericksburg, VA, before joining the CIA. After his retirement, he moved to Bath, Maine, where he was active in local politics, serving on the City Council. He moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2000.
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