July 22, 2011

Cordelia Hood, 98, who did counterintelligence work in the Office of Strategic Services during World War and then for the CIA for several decades, died of respiratory failure July 14 at her home in Damariscotta, Maine.

Mrs. Hood, who was fluent in German, worked in Bern, Switzerland, for part of her OSS career.

She later spent stretches of her CIA career in Europe before retiring about 1970. After another decade of working on contract for the CIA, she moved to Maine from Washington.

Cordelia Dodson was a native of Portland, Ore., where she was a 1936 graduate of Reed College. She received a master’s degree in German from Reed.

Her marriage to William J. Hood ended in divorce. Survivors include a sister.

— Adam Bernstein