Curtis B. Reiber, Army colonel and intelligence officer, dies

November 30, 2012
Curtis B. Reiber
Army colonel

Curtis B. Reiber, 77, an Army colonel who retired in 1989 as a senior military intelligence officer assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency, died Nov. 20 at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore after a stroke.

The death was confirmed by a son-in-law, Bruce Powell.

Col. Reiber joined the Army in 1958 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He received two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal.

The remainder of his career was focused on military intelligence, and his assignments included Iran and Saudi Arabia.

In 2001, Col. Reiber was inducted into the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Ga.

Curtis Brooks Reiber was born in Centre Hall, Pa., and raised in Woodstown, N.J. He was a 1958 graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and received a master’s degree in business management from Central Michigan University in 1978. He was also a graduate of the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.

He settled in the Washington area in 1970 and moved in 2009 from Bowie to the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, Md.

He formerly served on the board of the Episcopal Center for Children in Washington, and his memberships included Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Bowie. He was a senior warden, chairman of the church’s building and grounds committee and superintendent of the church cemetery. He also was active at the church’s day school, where his wife became headmistress.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Margaret “Peggy” Chester Reiber of Catonsville; four children, Curtis B. Reiber of Chester, Va., Pamela Roth of Arnold, Susan Powell of Baltimore and Katherine Loughran of Berlin; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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