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Dorothy B. McCabe

CIA officer

Dorothy B. McCabe, 86, a maps specialist and retired public information officer with the Central Intelligence Agency’s directorate of administration, died Jan. 21 at her home in Cabin John

She had cancer, said her daughter, Joan Newcomb.

Mrs. McCabe joined the CIA in 1985 and worked on information and privacy issues until her retirement in 1997. She previously worked at the old Earth Satellite Corp., a Bethesda- based agricultural monitoring company.

During her CIA career, Mrs. McCabe received two exceptional performance awards and an outstanding service award.

Dorothy Irene Beatty was born in Ann Arbor, Mich. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1948 and a master’s degree in political geography in 1950, both from the University of Michigan. She then worked for three years as a map intelligence specialist at the Army Map Service, the precursor to the Defense Mapping Agency.

From the mid-1950s to the late-1970s, she accompanied her then-husband, a Foreign Service officer, on overseas postings in Berlin, London, New Delhi, Ottawa and Stockholm.

Mrs. McCabe was a member of Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide and the Association for American Geographers.

Her marriage to Walter McCabe ended in divorce.

Survivors include four children, Dave McCabe of Pottstown, Pa., Dwight McCabe and Joan Newcomb, both of Vashon, Wash., and Matt McCabe of Westbury, N.Y.; a brother; and 10 grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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