Carleton B. Swift Jr., CIA officer

February 17, 2012
Carleton B. Swift Jr.
CIA officer

Carleton B. Swift Jr., 92, a retired CIA officer who worked in the clandestine services, died Jan. 24 at his home in Washington.

He had respiratory failure, said his daughter-in-law Claire Swift.

Mr. Swift had served in the Navy during World War II before he was recruited to join the Office of Strategic Services, the wartime forerunner of the CIA. He served as station chief in Hanoi and Canton in the OSS before joining the CIA shortly after its creation in 1947. At the CIA, Mr. Swift held overseas postings in Seoul, Baghdad, Tokyo, London and The Hague before retiring in 1974.

Carleton Byron Swift Jr. was born in Portland, Ore., and was a 1941 engineering graduate of Harvard.

He received the Bronze Star Medal for his service in the Chinese theater during World War II.

His marriages to Mary Davidson, Frances Patterson and Patricia Waring ended in divorce.

A daughter from his first marriage, Lila Swift, died in 1973.

Suvivors include three children from his first marriage, Carleton Swift, Isabel Swift and William Swift, all of Washington; two children from his second marriage, Matthew Swift of Gloucester, Mass., and Liberty Fitzpatrick of Middlebury, Conn.; three sisters; and 12 grandchildren.

— T. Rees Shapiro

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