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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Raymond ShoemakerCIA Finance Officer

Raymond Sidney Shoemaker, 86, a retired finance officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, died of complications of diabetes Oct. 30 at Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rockville.

Mr. Shoemaker worked for the CIA from 1952 to 1979, with assignments in Greece, Africa, Central America, South Vietnam, France and Germany. He received the agency's exceptional service award.

Mr. Shoemaker, who was born in Washington, graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and the old Benjamin Franklin University. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, North African, European and Pacific theaters.

After his retirement, he enjoyed genealogy and traced his family back to the 1600s.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Eileen Clarke Shoemaker of Bethesda; two daughters, Cynthia Shoemaker of Tucson and Anne Shoemaker of Colts Neck, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

Richard A. RadfordIMF Economist

Richard A. Radford, 87, an economist with the International Monetary Fund, died Nov. 7 at Maplewood Park Place retirement home in Bethesda. He had an infection from an aortic graft.

Mr. Radford was born in Nottingham, England, and left Cambridge University in 1939 to join the British army at the beginning of World War II. He was captured by enemy forces in Libya in 1942.

After the war, he returned to Cambridge and received a bachelor's degree in economics. In 1947, he moved to Washington to join the IMF. He traveled widely throughout the world and spent a year in Paraguay as the IMF representative.

At the time of his retirement in 1980, Mr. Radford was assistant director of the Fiscal Affairs Department.

Early in his IMF tenure, Mr. Radford taught economics at Johns Hopkins University. He also wrote an article, based on his wartime experiences, about the cigarette-based economic system of a prisoner-of-war camp.

He enjoyed travel, reading, gardening and genealogical study. He lived in Washington, Arlington and McLean before moving to Bethesda.

His first wife, Mary Radford, died in 1977.

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