Obituary: Joseph Milford, CIA employee, dies at 85

Correction: An earlier version of this obituary incorrectly reported that Mr. Milford received a bachelor’s degree in commercial science. He received a bachelor of commercial science degree in business administration.

February 14

Joseph Milford, who worked for the CIA in positions including finance and budget officer from 1951 until his retirement in 1978, died Jan. 20 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. He was 85.

The cause was cardiac arrest and respiratory failure, said his daughter Cathy Cromley.

Mr. Milford traveled for his agency career to Asia, Europe and Latin America and received honors including the Career Intelligence Medal. One of his assignments involved the financing of the U-2 program, according to his daughter.

Joseph Raymond Milford was born in Washington, where he graduated from St. Anthony’s High School in 1946. He served in the Marine Corps before receiving a bachelor of commercial science degree in business administration from Strayer University in the District in 1950. Mr. Milford remained in the Marine Corps Reserve and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

He was a longtime resident of McLean, Va., and belonged to Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Va., St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Madeline Arslanian Milford of McLean; two children, John Milford of Trinity, Fla., and Cathy Cromley of Oakton, Va.; and four grandchildren.

— Emily Langer