Walter C. McCabe, CIA employee

January 24

Walter C. McCabe, who did Soviet counterintelligence work for the CIA, died Dec. 28 at his home in Bethesda. He was 85.

The cause was lung cancer, said a daughter, Joan M. Newcomb.

Mr. McCabe joined the CIA in 1953 after a stint in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps. He worked in Berlin, London, New Delhi and Ottawa and was chief of station in Stockholm before retiring from the CIA in 1980. He also chaired an interdepartmental committee on foreign crises.

In his post-CIA career, he was chief executive of American International Investments, which arranged for foreign investment money for American high-tech entrepreneurs, and MacShell, a company that had a role in joint U.S.-Russian inspections of former Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile manufacturing facilities.

Walter Cassatt McCabe was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to American parents, and was a 1952 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

His honors included the CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit.

He was an elder and trustee of National Presbyterian Church, and he did volunteer work for the United Way and Georgetown University Hospital. He was a past president of the Bon Wit Plaza Association, a residential organization in Washington.

His first marriage, to Dorothy Beatty, ended in divorce. In 1996, he married Nancy Norment.

Besides his wife, of Bethesda, survivors include four children from his first marriage, Dwight McCabe and Joan M. Newcomb, both of Vashon, Wash., David C. McCabe of Pottstown, Pa., and Matthew R. McCabe of Westbury, N.Y.; five stepchildren, Elizabeth Norment of New York City, Sarah Pasqualone of Cleveland, Katherine Norment of Kingston, N.Y., Martha Connel of North Plains, Ore., and Clarence Norment of Potomac, Md.; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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