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Fae Ann Van Buren

Wife of Kenneth Almy (1252-95A3-34)

Fae Ann VanBuren passed away August 6, 2001 at Shattuck Manor in Saginaw, Michigan at age 86. She was born October 1, 1914 in Clyde, Michigan, the daughter of the late Ray and Ida (Mac Farlane) VanBuren.

She had been employed by the U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Service in Alaska for 13 years and in Germany for seven years. She married Kenneth Almy in June of 1937; he predeceased her in 1970.

(I was notified of her death by her cousin, Duane K. Dye.)

Dorothy Louise Schweisthal

Wife of Paul Biemer Almy (1252-9531-613)

Paul Almy notified me that his wife, Dorothy Louise Schweisthal died of cancer of the spine on November 29, 2000. She was born September 27, 1919 in Galesburg, Illinois. She and Paul were married September 29, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois. They had four children.

Dean Johnson Almy, Jr.

(1235-5792-112)

Dean Johnson Almy, Jr., 74, who was raised in Bethesda, Maryland, and had a distinguished 33-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency before retiring in 1984, died June 13, 2001, at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Dean was born in Orange, New Jersey 18 December 1926 and he married in Boston, 19 February 1958, Barbara A. Ingham. They had two children: Alexandra and Dean Johnson, III.

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 1951. He also attended Norwich, Yale and Cornell universities' graduate schools of Southeast Asia studies from 1954-55. 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. After living in Bath for 16 years, he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2000.

Dean attended the 1988 Almy Family Reunion in Seekonk, Massachusetts, and was looking forward to attending this year's reunion in Durango, Colorado. Barbara wrote that his death was quite a shock as he had been in perfect health.

I know that Dean will be missed by many.


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