Joseph Marcellino, NSA personnel director, dies at 77

Joseph Marcellino, who retired in 1990 as personnel director of the National Security Agency, died June 16 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He was 77.

He had cancer, his son Paul Marcellino said.

Joseph Francis Marcellino was a native Washingtonian and a 1952 graduate of Coolidge High School. He later graduated from Benjamin Franklin University, now part of George Washington University.

He served in the Army in the late 1950s and was a field agent for the FBI for two years before joining the NSA in 1963.

Mr. Marcellino lived in Laurel for many years before moving to Smithfield, N.C., in 1992.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Hilda Foster Marcellino of Smithfield; five children, Tony Marcellino of Wilmington, Del., Kathy Marcellino of Selma, N.C., Paul Marcellino of Edgewater, Mike Marcellino of Frederick and Jim Marcellino of St. Louis; two brothers, Michael Marcellino of Fairfield, Ohio, and Thomas Marcellino of Rockville; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

A son, John Marcellino, died in 1992.

— Matt Schudel

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