William Colby

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William Colby
Director of Central Intelligence
In office
September 4, 1973 – January 30, 1976
PresidentRichard Nixon
Gerald Ford
DeputyVernon A. Walters
Preceded byVernon A. Walters (Acting)
Succeeded byGeorge H. W. Bush
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Operations
In office
March 2, 1973 – August 24, 1973
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byThomas Karamessines
Succeeded byWilliam Nelson
Personal details
William Egan Colby

(1920-01-04)January 4, 1920
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedApril 27, 1996(1996-04-27) (aged 76)
Rock Point, Maryland, U.S.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Spouse(s)Barbara Heinzen (1945–1984)
Sally Shelton (1984–1996)
Children5 (with Heinzen)
EducationPrinceton University (BA)
Columbia University (LLB)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
UnitOffice of Strategic Services
Battles/warsWorld War II

William Egan Colby (January 4, 1920 – April 27, 1996) was an American intelligence officer. He was Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) from September 1973 to January 1976.

Colby was DCI under President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford until January 30, 1976 after which time he was replaced by George H. W. Bush.

Colby died on April 27, 1996 died from a stroke or a heart attack while canoeing in Rock Point, Maryland at the age of 76.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Weiner, Tim (May 7, 1996). "William E. Colby, 76, Head of C.I.A. in a Time of Upheaval". New York Times. Retrieved August 20, 2015.