John J. Seidel, Jr.
Commander USNR Ret.

Winchester, Virginia

John J. Seidel, Jr. (Age 89) retired senior official of the Central Intelligence Agency, died on Sunday, May 3, 2015, while traveling with family in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was a resident of the Westminster-Canterbury retirement community in Winchester, Virginia.

Mr. Seidel was a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and a 1946 honors graduate of Princeton University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific and was present at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and retired from the Naval Reserve in 1967 with the rank of Commander.

After serving on the faculty of the Naval Intelligence School, Mr. Seidel joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1955. He retired from thirty years of service with the CIA in 1986, after holding senior command positions in Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, and France. He was awarded the CIA's Distinguished Intelligence Medal. After retirement, he and his wife settled in Hillsboro, Virginia.

Mr. Seidel then served as a member of the Board of Directors of Oatlands Plantation, a National Trust historic property near Leesburg, Virginia. He was Chairman of the Board there from 1998 to 2002. During that period he also was CEO of Oldtown Farm, Inc., the largest dairy farm in West Virginia. An active Lutheran layman, he was a representative to the Virginia Council of Churches Coordinating Cabinet and on the Council's Faith and Order Commission. He also served as a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia's Ecumenical Commission and as a Public Trustee of the Washington Theological Consortium.

He was a member of the Princeton Club of New York; Special Forces Club, London; Cercle de l'Union Interalliť, Paris; American Legion Post No. 1, Paris; and the Sindh Club, Karachi. He also was a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and the Royal Horticultural Society.

Mr. Seidel and his wife of 63 years, Annette Lewis Seidel, were members of Grace Evangelical Church in Winchester. She preceded him in death in 2013.

He is survived by their three children: Dr. John L. Seidel Charles B. Seidel of Syracuse, New York, and Anne Seidel Overington of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and by eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winchester, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 26 West Boscawen Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physician's Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401
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