Richard Dane, CIA operations officer

August 7, 2012

Richard Dane, 93, a retired Central Intelligence Agency operations officer, died of congestive heart failure July 1 at the Eden Homes assisted living facility in Bethesda.

His death was confirmed by his son, Michael Dane.

After retiring from the CIA in 1979, Mr. Dane was a co-founder of a travel agency that became Passport Executive Travel of Georgetown. He managed the business for 30 years and sold it a year ago.

Richard James Dane was born in Brooklyn. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939. During World War II, he served in the Army in North Africa and Italy.

He came to the Washington area in 1949 and joined the CIA. He served in Berlin, Munich and Vienna in the 1950s and in Vietnam during the war there, in addition to postings in Washington.

His first wife, Sally Marks Dane, whom he married in 1948, died in 1984. His second wife, Lorna Zimmerman Dane, whom he married in 1993, died in 2011.

Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Michael Dane, Rebecca Dane Evans and Elizabeth Dane, all of Bethesda; three stepchildren, Kenneth Zimmerman of Montclair, N.J., Lisa Zimmerman of San Francisco and David Zimmerman of Madison, Wis.; a sister, Faith Dane Crannitch of Washington; and six grandchildren.

—Bart Barnes